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Monday, April 5, 2010

You're Asking Me?

I have a couple of friends that are pregnant for the first time and they have been asking me for advice on everything from diapers and strollers to bottles and bibs (can you imagine?!).

I am no expert I tell them, but there are five things I know for sure about having a baby:

1. If you are planning to have more than one child, buy all of your big items (stroller, car seat, swing, high chair, etc.) in a unisex color/print so that both kids can use them.

2. If you are going to use formula, serve your baby bottles right out of the fridge. It seems a little strange to give your baby cold milk but according to our pediatrician, it's easier for them to digest and a lot simpler than messing with the microwave.

3. Make noise while your baby naps... you'll be glad you did!

4. Becoming a mother has been the most challenging and life changing thing I have ever done in my life, but also the very best.

5. Trust your gut. Only you know your body, limitations, patience and frustration level, when to call the doctor and your child.

What do you know for sure about being a mom?

The best is yet to be.

Day 41/100

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4 Comments:

Blogger Leah said...

All I know is that I'm excited to experience everything that comes with being a mother someday!

April 5, 2010 at 10:29 PM  
Blogger Natalie said...

A few good pieces of advice (or at least I think it's good advice!)
1. Buy clothes on clearance for next season. I did it with Ethan and I'm doing it for the girls. It works until they're about 2 years old. Example: My girls were born in August 2009, so when all the summer stuff went on clearance, I bought bathing suits, shorts, you know...summer clothing for 9-12 months. I got $20 bathing suits for about $3. Also, Babies R Us offers if you buy something on clearance for the clearance price, you get another clearance item for a penny or a nickel. Then just put the stuff away until you need it. I also do the same thing with stocking stuffers, Halloween stuff, Easter stuff, etc.
2. If a friend offers your baby hand-me-downs, take them! The little ones grow way too fast to need to buy brand new clothes every few months. I have a friend who has a little boy older than Ethan, and a baby girl younger than the twins. So she gives me little boy clothes, and I give her all my little girl clothes. Also, a lot of the hand-me-downs you get will have only been worn a time or two...or might be brand new! Recycle toys, big ticket items, etc. with friends, too.
3. Buy DVDs, electronic learning toys, etc. on ebay or a similar site for a lot cheaper than full price.

April 6, 2010 at 9:05 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Oh, and your #3 is a PRICELESS piece of advice that all new moms should follow for sure!!

April 6, 2010 at 9:06 AM  
Blogger mamacoreenie said...

#2 and #3 - so true! Other good advice, in the beginning, NAP when baby NAPS. E-mail, laundry, bills can all wait a little while. You don't need to be to be super mom all the time but you do need to rest!

April 9, 2010 at 12:44 PM  

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