One thing that all new parents expect to spend plenty of time doing is changing baby’s diaper! I’m sure you’ve been thoroughly warned about the sheer amount of time that is spent changing diaper after diaper when you bring your little one home. For the most part, changing a baby’s diaper is a no-brainer, repetitive activity. There are a few things, however, that all of the advice givers tend to leave out. Keep reading for 10 things that no one tells you about changing baby’s diaper.
It is crazy to think that my Peanut is 9-months-old already! I feel like some days drag on forever, but the months have gone by without me even noticing. He has grown and changed so much in that time, and I feel like I have changed nearly as much. There are so many things about myself and my life that are different now than I would have expected. People say that you can’t really plan for how having a baby will change your family, and I now understand what they all tried to tell me.
Here are nine things that I have learned in my nine months of motherhood.
Before my son was born, I had 2051 diapers in my stockpile. I know to many of you, that sounds like a lot of diapers, but in reality, that pile lasted me roughly 6 months. Babies go through diapers like they are…well, disposable! There are many advantages to using cloth diapers, and they are becoming pretty popular recently. If you go the disposable diaper route, be prepared to go through a lot of diapers. This post will teach you how and why you want to build a diaper stockpile before you welcome your baby.
Breastfeeding is a really hot topic right now. Women on social media are trying to normalize breastfeeding in public. Doctors are telling their patients that breast is best. The American Academy of Pediatrics is saying that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of their lives. With so much pressure to breastfeed, it is important to make sure that every mom has the resources available to successfully breastfeed if that is her choice.
Pregnancy is an exiting, overwhelming, and downright emotional time! There are so many questions that most women have, and it really helps to do your research. Fortunately for the women of 2017, there are nearly infinite resources out there to teach us about what to expect when pregnant. In fact, there are so many resources that it can be hard to know where to start. Let me make it a little easier on you with this list of 5 books that every pregnant woman needs to read.
I am so excited to tell you that I shared my first guest post over at Swaddles n Bottles. Caroline had graciously shared an article that I wrote entitled “10 Things I Wish I Would Have Known Before Being an Exclusive Pumper” Exclusively pumping is a breastfeeding style where a mother feeds her baby expressed breastmilk through a bottle. Caroline and I want to make sure that women are informed on this feeding option in case it might be a good fit for their families.
“14 But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it, 15 and how from infancy you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, 17 so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.” 2 Timothy 3:14-17
Does anyone else think that sometimes modern technology makes us feel inadequate as parents? We all see posts from other moms and dads of their perfect homes, their smiling kids, and their beautiful lives. It’s about time that we show the internet what a day in the life of a parent really looks like. With some help from friends and family, here’s my take on #transPARENTtuesday.
If your little one is drinking formula, you have discovered just how expensive it can be! When I stopped breastfeeding, my son was drinking 45-60 ounces of formula per day, so I did a lot of research and shopping around. Here is the best way that I have found to buy formula in 6 easy steps.
When I created my baby registry, I did a TON of research. I read every blog and pin that I could find, I looked through pregnancy magazines, I looked at registry examples, and I asked other parents for advice. Overall, I feel like I had a pretty good handle on what I wanted and needed for baby.Now that I have had 6 months to see all of these items in action, here is my two cents.
Click here for “New Baby Checklist”Feel free to edit this spreadsheet to meet your personal needs.
Being a working mom is hard. I think that every mom feels guilty about saying it out loud, but there are definitely days that I feel like I am barely able to keep it all together. Somehow we all find a way to push through and keep going for our families.
If I had to pick one thing that I felt the least prepared for when having my first baby, it would be feeding him. I know, it sounds silly. Feeding your baby should be the easiest and most natural part of being a mother – after all, women have been doing it since the beginning of time. I wish someone had told me that just because it’s natural, that doesn’t mean that your experience will be like any other.