When you’re expecting your first child, there are so many people telling you so many things, you almost feel like you know what’s coming your way once your child is born. But then, the baby gets here, and all of a sudden, you’re thinking: WHAT?! Here are a few things I wish I knew as a new mom, which will hopefully help other soon-to-be new moms!
Breast Feeding Isn’t As Easy As It Looks:
Many people seem to believe that breastfeeding is simple—but the actuality is that it can be extremely difficult. Because you are required to nurse your baby frequently, it requires you to change your wardrobe and wear some pretty unusual bras. You also need to remember which side your baby fed from last to prevent over using one side and not equally nursing from both sides.
Diapers Are Not All The Same Size:
I also made the mistake of assuming that all diapers were pretty much the same, just different brands and different prices. But, most diaper brands actually have specific fit and specific details that other diapers do not. For example, Luvs offer a looser fit and the size 1 in Luvs is more like a size 2 in other diaper brands. Pampers are a common favorite as they usually fit well and they are an overall great diaper, but they are also more expensive.
What Works For Other People Might Not Work For You:
Some people will be the first ones to tell you about all of their tricks and tips that worked for them when their children were infants. You have to know from the get go that what worked for them, may not work for you. You need to try out all sorts of methods and ideas, and also follow your gut instinct, to find what works best for you and your baby’s needs.
Sound Machines Are Life Changing:
Sound machines have seemed to raise eyebrows recently as they have been said to mess with the child’s hearing abilities. The fact of the matter is, the study proved that having the sound machine too loud or too close to the infant’s ear could cause damage. However, if at the proper volume and distance, these machines can be life changing. Those small noises that wake your baby up leading to screaming and crying is avoided as the baby never hears these sounds that take them out of their sleep.
Don’t Waste Money On Clothes:
One of the first things I did after having my first child (and even before she was born) was buy baby clothes. I wanted her to have adorable little outfits for everday—how could I not with all the cute clothes to choose from? Lesson learned — it is a waste of money. Babies grow so fast that some of the clothes she never even wore! And then they were donated to the thrift shop or given away. While I am not saying to not buy any baby clothes, I would highly advise you to not go overboard and really only get the essentials. If you can find someone selling used baby clothes—buy them! Do not waste your money on brand new clothes, especially the expensive and name brand ones.