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Try to name your top 10

I'm due on July 22nd. I am wondering if new moms can give their best 10 pieces of advice about anything parenting related (feeding, sleeping, bathing, playing, etc.) I'm thinking mainly 0-12 months. I think it'd be fun for you ladies to try to come up with these things :) Thanks!!

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LittleMonster22

Asked by LittleMonster22 at 10:43 PM on Jan. 18, 2009 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • 1. Feed on demand.
    2. There are some things doctors get wrong.
    3. Sleep? Who needs sleep?
    4. This too shall pass.
    5. There are some things grandparents get wrong.
    6. Co-sleep.
    7. Always select solids that will match your kitchen decor, as more will end up in the floor, walls and ceiling than in the baby.
    8. There are MANY things husbands get wrong.
    9. The range of "normal" is as wide as the Grand Canyon.
    10. There will be things you get wrong. It's part of being human.
    gdiamante

    Answer by gdiamante at 10:56 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • 1--Sleep when the baby sleeps.
    2--Don't try to be Wonder Woman--she doesn't exist
    3--Don't worry about how clean the house is
    4--Enjoy you baby as much as you can

    That is as much as I can give you the rest just comes naturally.
    coala

    Answer by coala at 10:57 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • 1. Trust your intuition! You know you know baby better than anyone!
    2. Sleep when the baby sleeps.
    3. Take a deep breathe when you feel overwhelmed.
    4. Don't be so hard on yourself if you make an accident.
    5. Take tons of pictures.
    6. Baby Einstein video are great to learn.
    7. Play as much as you can with your baby. Be Silly!
    8. Always keep extra pacifiers on hand. Hide them in places so when you REALLY NEED ONE its there.
    9. Don't try to do everything yourself, let dad help.
    10. Use dreft for baby clothes to protect your baby from rashes
    Borikaos

    Answer by Borikaos at 11:27 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • 1. Know that it isn't going to be easy... and that's ok!
    2. Don't do everything youself! Get your husband involved doing as much as you do!
    3. Take some time to yourself everyday... even if it's only a nice long shower
    4. When everyone says they grow so fast... it's SO true! Cherrish every moment! (this one just got me all teary!)
    5. Set a night time routine
    6. Don't be afraid to ask for advice... but it doesn't mean you have to take it
    7. Get out of the house! You can go crazy locked up at home all day!
    8. If you plan to breastfeed- it's hard work! Give it time... it will get better!
    9. Know that daddy (and others) will have thier own way of doing things... and it's ok!
    10. Take tons of video and pictures because of #4
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 11:43 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • 1. You CAN pawn the baby off on its father once in a while chances are he wont break it. (Plus they need the bonding)
    2. Sleep when you can cuz you'll ALWAYS be the first to hear the baby.
    3. When your overwhelmed (AND YOU WILL BE) let them cry its ok (just make sure its fed and clean)
    4.When in doubt try a bottle or a binkie.
    5. Binkies might very well save your sanity.
    6. Baby Einstien and jumperoos
    7. Whats a shower? Take one when you get the chance, which is usually hard to come by
    8. DOCTORS AREN'T ALWAYS RIGHT (go with one you like)
    9. It's never too early to baby proof.
    10. Work up a repor with a babysitter
    SillyMomma

    Answer by SillyMomma at 11:55 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • Another 10
    1. Don't buy too many clothes... they outgrow stuff way to fast
    2. Buy more than 1 changing pad cover
    3. Pack small amount of everything you need for your baby at home in your diaper bag. It also helps to have a bag for each car you own!
    4. A nice tight swaddle works wonders to get a newborn to sleep
    5. If you use pacifiers get a pacifier clip... it's pain to have to wash it all of the time!
    6. Do your reseach before buying big priced items... don't get something just because it's "cute"
    7. Having a sling or carrier can help keep your hands free and still carry your baby
    8. Diapers are EXPENSIVE! Try Luvs! (we tried about every kind of disposable and love LUVS for the cost and how well they work)
    9. Buy multipurpose and multi -age items when you can
    10. Bath time goes better if you make the water just a tiny bit warmer than you think it should be
    AmiJanell

    Answer by AmiJanell at 11:58 PM on Jan. 18, 2009

  • 1.) Nap when the baby naps.
    2 ) If someone offers help take it.
    3 ) Onesies make great p.j.s
    4 ) Poop happens. And its never the same thing twice.
    5 ) They grow up way to fast so enjoy it and take it slow.
    6 ) Dont compare babies, every baby is different. Yours is perfect no matter what!
    7 ) Let pepole admire the baby. It makes them feel good.
    8 ) The first birthday is fun and great. But dont go over board they wont remember it and chances are they will fall asleep during it.
    9 ) Swings and bouncers work wonders.
    10) Its all part of the big plan so pay attention every small detail.
    heatherlyn84

    Answer by heatherlyn84 at 12:36 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • 1. Nurse, nurse, nurse, it's best :)
    2. Do your OWN research on EVERYTHING, EDUCATE YOURSELF!!! Read! Dont just trust what your doctor says, or anyone!
    3. Sleep whenever you can!
    4. Your baby will only be a baby once, so cherish EVERY moment of it, even when it's hard.
    5. Bedtime routine's and daily *flexible* routines are key to a happy baby. They love predictability!
    6. If you get frustrated, it's OKAY to walk away for a minute and take a deep breath. You cant take care of your baby if your not taken care of!
    7. Dont expect your baby to sleep all night right off the bat, or for a while actually.
    8. Co-sleep.
    9. When your given advice, take what you want, leave the rest, dont let it get to you because chances are, EVERYONE is going to give you advice.
    10. Dont expect it to be easy, and not everything comes as naturally as people say.
    kate_jocelyn

    Answer by kate_jocelyn at 12:46 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • 1. don't listen to everyone's advice, hear it and use it to your own comfort (MILs like to let you know what they think about your parenting, watch out.)
    2. Read the book "Baby Wise" I swear by it and all my friends read it and love it too.
    3.Sleep when the baby sleeps.
    4. keep lights off or low for middle of the night feedings.
    5. Move LO to its own room asap-you'll both sleep better.
    6. Luvs Luvs Luvs (no other diaper was as leak proof as luvs)
    7. Give it a week and a half before you try to return the baby =)
    8. Kisses are addictive-kiss it once and you'll never stop.
    9. Bathe baby often and try to at the same time of day so the baby will get used to it and eventually love it.
    10. Remember he/she loves you so much and loves it when you talk to him/her.
    julipickle

    Answer by julipickle at 1:33 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

  • everyone else has it pretty much covered. the one thing that has really stuck with me- normal is nothing but a setting on your dryer. don't bother with normal. go with your gut and what works for you, even if others think it's wrong. you alone know what is best for your baby, no doctor, grandma, or stranger on the street knows your baby better than you.
    jcsmummy

    Answer by jcsmummy at 2:02 AM on Jan. 19, 2009

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