Having a new baby is an absolutely wonderful time but it can also be quite exhausting. Here are a few things I wish I could tell my pre-baby self:
- You owe it to yourself to utilize your hospital stay. It is OK to tell eager visitors that you need a nap and have them visit later. It’s OK to send your baby to the nursery so that you can get some quality sleep (no mom guilt allowed…promise?). With my first baby since I was so excited I couldn’t let her out of my sight. When I finally did send her to the nursery I just found my self looking at pictures of her while she was away instead of sleeping. When I got home I sincerely regretted it. You will be a better mom to your baby if you get proper rest (not to mention your body needs rest to recover from delivery).
- You’ll need a lot of help at first. Do yourself a favor and arrange in advance to have help once the baby is born. It’s also a good idea to have some freezer meals made ahead of time.
- You’ll want to stock up on bibs. Having lots of bibs on hand will save you from having to do an outfit change every time there is a spit up incident.
- You do NOT need to buy a years supply of diapers ahead of time. I thought I was so on top of things before my 3rd child was born. I watched all of the sales and stocked up on a year’s supply of diapers ahead of time. Brilliant, right? Nope. In fact, instead of saving money, I ended up wasting a lot of money. This had worked with my previous baby, so I thought it was a smart idea. But my 3rd baby ended up having sensitive skin, and several of the different brands that I bought gave him a horrible, horrible rash! In fact, the only diapers we will use for him now are Huggies. We like the Little Snugglers because his skin does well for them, and also for the wetness indicator (something you’ll want with a newborn) and Gentleabsorb® liner and soft outer cover. Also, we love the Improved pocketed-back waistband that keeps “blow outs” at bay.
- You do NOT need to wash all of the babies clothes ahead of time. Your baby may be born big and won’t fit in too many newborn outfits before outgrowing them–keep the tags on and exchange for bigger sizes if necessary.
- You’ll needs some tricks up your sleeve to tackle all of the laundry that inevitably comes with a new baby. My laundry go-to is to buy two buckets (one for whites and one for colored clothing). When baby has a blow out (or anything else that will cause a stain) I immediately throw the clothes in with OxiClean and water, and let them soak for a day in the bucket. As you get more dirty clothes just add them to the bucket. Once you’ve got enough clothing for a load then you just throw all the contents of the bucket into the washing machine. This method is awesome because you don’t have to do a million loads of laundry, it’s great for getting out stains, and it is super low maintenance (no scrubbing). ***Disclaimer: If you let them soak for too many days it may harm the color but a day or two won’t hurt a thing.
- You’ll need to stay organized if you plan on keeping your sanity. When you leave the hospital they will want you to keep track of how many wet and dirty diapers baby is having, how much the baby is eating (or how long if you’re breastfeeding), and how much the baby is sleeping. It can be a lot for a sleep deprived mom-brain to handle. With my 2nd child I found a great (free) app that helps you easily track all of these things and it was a game changer. It even helps you keep track of which breast you need to start on if you’re breastfeeding. There’s a lot of different apps out there, just do a quick search on your phone.
- Have multiple diaper stations throughout your house. I did this with my 3rd and I wish I had done it with my first two as well! You change SO MANY DIAPERS when you have a newborn, don’t make yourself walk to a certain room every time your baby needs a diaper change. We keep diaper stations (diapers, wipes, cream and burp cloths) in the nursery, my bedroom, and the main living room area.
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Good luck and congrats! New babies are seriously the best!!!
P.S. We got our Huggies at Smith’s because there is currently a coupon! (See below)