I don’t care what anyone says, parenting is just one of those things you can never really prepare for. You can diligently plan, read all the books and attend all the classes but you are never fully ready for all it entails until you actually become a parent.
Before becoming a parent I worked with pediatrics for years. I thought that meant I pretty much knew everything there was to know about a child. Nope! Totally was still unprepared for my own baby boy. So here’s my top 6 tips I learned in the first 6 months for the rest of the clueless parents like me:
- 30 more min please. I know, you already wake up multiple times a night with them, are with them all day and you still have to wake up earlier in the morning too?! Yupp! Because I promise you no matter how much you prepare the night before, something always happens the morning of.
- Wardrobe change! I was sure Tate was over the pooping up his back stage by 4 months. Well when I found myself at a friend’s house with a baby covered in poop from his toe to his hairline, I quickly realized I was wrong. And I was so happy to have that extra outfit. Whether it be poop, marker, food or regular ol spit up, something is bound to happen to their morning attire.
- This is not chipotle, it does not cost extra. This goes into the outfit tip above and was a great tip from my mom. Even when you think you’ve had enough grab more. Diapers, wipes, pacifiers, bibs, toys, etc. You name it, always have EXTRA. Tate has diapers in my car, daddy’s car, the diaper bag and if he’s lucky sometimes even the stroller. You never know just how messy that poop scene discussed above may be and you want to be prepared no matter the situation.
- Obstacle time! If your baby is anything like mine, they require a obstacle course to keep them entertained throughout the day. From the walker, to books, to the lounge chair, to the high chair filled with toys, my little guy is constantly needing to be moved from one thing to the next to keep his attention satisfied. But hey as long as he’s not just sitting in my arms I’m down for the course!
- It’s my party I can cry if I want to. At least for the 60 minutes that he naps. Embrace the emotions. The good, the bad and the ugly. If today sucked that’s okay! Ugly cry it out, dry your face and then get back to wiping butts and taking names. If today was good, acknowledge that too. Like hey, the mini dance party! Whatever you feel allow yourself to feel it. Ignoring the emotion does nothing but create a bigger problem. And make sure you at the end of the night, take care of you. Some way some how.
- You are mom. Everyone will give their advice, their opinions. They will project their beliefs and concerns onto you and your baby. But at the end of the day: you. are. mom. You know what’s best for your baby. You know what they need and when they need it. Stand firm on that belief and never sway.
Let’s be real, there’s so many more tips I can give besides just these. That’s the thing about parenting. There is so much to learn. And I am here for it all!