They say hindsight is 20/20 and boy do I wish I had a veteran mom to take me under her wing and mentor me in the ways of happy newborn parenting. Boy, would my life had been so much easier. Thankfully after much trial and error, I figured out a way to take care of a newborn and stay sane at the same time. It only took me 6 tries to get it down. They are super cute tries though, aren’t they ;)?
Lucky for you, I’m happy to share the biggest mistakes I made as a new mom and show you how to avoid them!
Expensive doesn’t always mean better – With my first 3 babies, I was guilty of thinking that everything I bought neede to be the most expensive. Afterall expensive means quality, right? Well after number 4 came along and our budget was getting a bit out of hand I decided to switch do some cheaper options. Wow! What a huge lifesaver that was for me!
My favorite switch was from a “premium brand name” diaper brand to Luvs. Holy cow! Not only were Luvs less expensive, but they performed so much better. We had fewer leaks and fewer blowouts with Luvs. Best. Decision. Ever.
Speaking of savings, there was a brandSAVER coupon in the 8/26 Sunday paper that is good for $2 off two bags or one box of Luvs diapers at Walmart. Score!
Speaking of savings, there is a brandSAVER coupon in the 8/26 Sunday paper that is good for $2 off two bags or one box of Luvs diapers. Score!
Hold your baby – I fell victim to the old adage that if you picked up your baby every time they cried you were going to ruin them for life. Every time I rushed to my baby’s side when they wailed I immediately envisioned a life of misery for my little one, all because I had picked her up when she cried. Thankfully I got over that pretty quickly, it just felt unnatural to let her cry and fuss when I knew that she wasn’t old enough to manipulate me and honestly needed something. So don’t listen to those that tell you that you will spoil your newborn if you pick them up when they cry. You can’t spoil a baby that young, what you can do though, is bond and instill trust with your child and that’s good for everybody 🙂
Don’t get your baby used to quiet– This was a huge mistake I made in the beginning. Every time the baby fell asleep I would freak out over the slightest noise in the house. I would glare at my husband while he opened a bag of chips “Be quiet! You are going to wake the baby!!!” I hissed at him under my breath. I would give the dog the stink eye if I thought he was even close to letting out a bark. Everything had to be quiet for my little precious bundle so she could continue her angelic nap.
Holy cow, was that a recipe for disaster, instead of creating a go with the flow, sleep anywhere baby, I created a pampered little sleep monster that was startled at every little sound and could only doze in a practically soundproof room. Wow. What a rough couple of years that was.
Once my 4th, 5th and 6th babies came along, there was no place for soundproof sleeping and we just embraced the crazy, the older kids would run through the house like a herd of elephants, I would vacuum and there was always a neighborhood kid knocking on the door or ringing the doorbell. It may sound crazy, but all that craziness ensured that I had a baby that could sleep through pretty much anything.
I’m sure I could ramble on for pages and pages about the stuff that I learned during the newborn stage with 6 kids, but I’ll spare you my life story and just end it here with these essential tips, hopefully, they will help you stay sane when your little bundle makes his or her appearance!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Luvs at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.