biggest secret about parenting is that none of us knows what we're doing. We have instincts to feed, clothe, shelter and love our kids.
that? We're all just winging it.
As you adjust to this new world called parenthood, you'll often find yourself wondering what to do in the
ever-changing circumstances and situations to come. Be assured: you’ll
make mistakes. You'll also learn along the way.
Here are 7 common rookie mom mistakes. No shame if you made them, too.
Giving them loud toys
waking up to endless meow-meow-meows from a cat-shaped keyboard is
not exactly how I'd like to start my day.” If you get your kids
hooked on toys with buttons, lights and sounds, that's all you'll
hear during playtime. Now I understand the resurgence of wooden toys
and cloth dolls. They'll use their imaginations and I won't have to hide
their toys in the garage.
look adorable, no doubt. But spit-up and diaper blowouts are a part
of life. The last thing you want when this happens are baby clothes
labeled “hand-wash only.” Eventually, you start to look for kid
clothes that you can easily wash, won't be easily stained (buh-bye
white dresses) and can withstand serious playtime.
Not being in the photos
was a stay-at-home mom for a year, but if you look back through our
photos of the time, there are
me. For instance, I only have one sort-of-blurry picture of me
breastfeeding my daughter. That's it? That's what I have to remember
this phase of motherhood?! I
was always behind the camera, but I
wish I had asked someone to take photos of us together to preserve
Over-packing the diaper bag
we don’t need so
many blankets, extra
bottles and high-contrast educational baby toys for a trip to the
pediatrician. When you're a new mom, you pack for every possible
scenario your baby might encounter. But then you to lug
everything around and for what? Just to use one diaper and a couple of wipes? The more you get used to motherhood, the
more comfortable you'll feel leaving the house with only the essentials.
a very real temptation (and
devote ourselves entirely to motherhood.
Leaving your new shoes on the floor while a potty-training toddler is
on the loose
shoes, my beautiful, beautiful
thinking I could have
suede shoes in the first place. Delicate leather and 3-year-olds
just aren't a good combination.
I thought I was some kind of super mom who could still enjoy
impractical fashions from time to time. Lesson learned.
“I think I’ll skip caffeine this morning”
you're like me, you might have read some holistic magazine article
about how caffeine is ruining our health. So you commit to ease off
the stuff and skip caffeine one particular morning.
Unfortunately, a mom's morning without coffee or tea is
setting her up for failure. You'll be tired and
irritable—more than usual. The next morning, you enjoy
your usual cup.
a very real temptation (and
devote ourselves entirely to motherhood. But no matter how much you
love your kids, they can't become your sole identity. You've got to
keep doing something that is all your own or else you'll burn out.
little things like reading
a chapter of a book or
painting your nails after the baby goes to bed. Maybe it's something bigger like
continuing on your
career path, despite
what others want you to do.
That “something” is different for all of us. But we all need
it, even you, Rookie Mom.