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The moment our
little bumps starts showing, moms-to-be are inundated with endless, and often
unsolicited advice on which diapers and bottles to buy, how to swaddle and when
to start solids and baby sign language.
Sure, the big topics in parenting are
important, but as the Germans say and every mom knows: even little critters
poop. Here's a list of partial tips everyone forgets to tell new moms.
1.Never Buy Pajamas with Buttons
the people who design baby clothes have ever used them. If they had, they would
have realized that even a dozen tiny snap buttons present an insurmountable
challenge during midnight diaper changes and with squirmy babies. Three of them
on a onesie are hard enough (my mantra is "two out of three ain't bad!"), 12 to
15 is just asking for a mental breakdown, or a naked baby. Do yourself a favor,
donate the old jammies and switch to zippers.
babies are born with long nails, no coordination and a strong desire to rub
their eyes because they can't believe that they have finally been born. They
also hate baby mittens! Who wouldn't?!
Sadly, they aren't born with the coordination or wherewithal not to scratch up their
faces, and hospital staff are not allowed to cut their nails due to high MRSA
rates. My LO scratched up his whole face just seconds after we took off his
3.Keep Your Boxes and Receipts
remember much from the first few days—it was all a blur of breastfeeding,
pumping, cuddling, swaddling, and the occasional fire. Yes, fire! Even the best
baby gadgets are designed for limited-time use, and as such, often have
quality control problems. Within the first month I had to return a bottle
warmer that got stuck and caught on fire, two sound machines that stopped
making sounds, and a stroller that wouldn't stroll. Luckily I had receipts and
boxes in the garage and was able to return everything and buy better products.
4.Get a Salt Crystal Lamp
lamps are not just stylish and cleanse the air, but they give off the perfect
amount of light for late-night diaper changes without getting too hot and
causing a burn risk.
5.Get a Large Water Dispenser
have not known thirst until you've breastfed a baby, and it's not unusual for
new moms to go through more than 2 gallons of water a day! Keeping a large
water dispenser near your bed or in your nursery will keep you hydrated and
save you a ton of trips to the kitchen.
first few weeks are going to be exhausting as your body and your baby learn
each other's needs, so setting up your pump and a mini fridge or cooler for
your accessories and pumped milk can earn you a couple of extra hours of sleep
because you won't be running around trying to store everything.
6.Get Earplugs and a Sleeping Mask
moms often become sleep deprived because the baby cluster feeds all night and
they can't sleep during the day or wake up every time baby stirs. Solution: Get
some earplugs! They will help cancel out the minor noises like sneezes, baby
farts and clumsy husbands, but you'll still be able to hear your baby if she
needs you. If you have trouble sleeping during the day, invest in a good sleeping
mask as well!
7.Find Your Digital Tribe
you have your baby, ask some other moms which Facebook groups they found most
useful and sign up. Same month birthday groups and breastfeeding groups can be
invaluable as you learn to figure out your surprisingly complex little baby.
are going to be a lot of boring pumping sessions, sleepless nights and lazy
afternoons where you'll be too tired to move off the couch. There will also be
a million things you discover you "need" once baby arrives. Be prepared, but
also ask your partner to keep an eye on your spending, since new moms tend to go a
9.Learn Some Songs by Heart
be surprised how few lullabies you know, and how easy it is to forget the words
to your favorite songs when you're sleep deprived. Make yourself a playlist of
your favorite songs and learn all the songs. You'll have lots of sleepless
nights to impress baby with your singing.