I’ve kept my baby alive for going on almost a year now. That has to deserve some sort of medal. The truth is, parenting is an art form. You do stupid things, you screw up, but it’s only in the trials and mistakes that you become a better parent.
So in order to save you some of the many mistakes I've made, here are 11 things I’ve learned over the last year as a first-time parent:
Your body is trying to figure out how much milk your baby needs and it tends to err on the side of caution. You feel like a leaking faucet at all hours of the day.
2. Beware of Velcro in the laundry.
Those adorable baby bibs you got from your shower become a nightmare of twisted hunks of Velcro in the washing machine. Do yourself a favor and secure those bad boys before tossing them in. Better yet, find ones with a snap. Why don’t they make more bibs with snaps?
They do nothing to suck out crud from your baby’s nose. And they are a cesspool of bacteria, because it’s impossible to clean the inside. Get the NoseFrida. And get over your disgust of mucus. There will be plenty of more things to be grossed out over as your baby grows.
4. Always take off Baby’s socks before changing a dirty diaper.
Babies wiggle and squirm. A lot. Trust me on this one. No one wants a poopy sock.
5. Wait at least 20 minutes after they eat to buckle them into the car seat.
I had no idea babies spit up that much. Don’t rush to feed your baby and then scramble to try to get out of the house on time. And if you do, bring extra burp cloths.