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Baby & Toddler, Parenthood February 21, 2018

Real Advice For New Parents From Mom’s Who Actually Know

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Advice For New Parents

There is no sugar coating it. Parenting is the most fulfilling and wondrous thing you will ever experience, but it is hard! It can be gut-wrenching. Which is why this post offers REAL advice for new parents.

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  1. Parenting is a job like any other job. No one loves their job 100% of the time.
  2. It’s okay not to “love” every moment of motherhood.
  3. It’s okay to go back to work.
  4. You are your own worst critic. No one is judging you more than you are judging yourself.
  5. Even the best parents don’t know what they’re doing sometimes. We’re all just winging it.
  6. It’s okay to make mistakes.
  7. If you think there is something wrong, there probably is. Check it out!
  8. It’s okay if you don’t fall in love with your baby right away.
  9. You may need more naps than what you’d expect.
  10. Sometimes you will feel stuck in the middle of your kids.
  11. Sleep deprivation sucks but it won’t kill you.
  12. Being a mother is THE MOST IMPORTANT JOB YOU WILL EVER HAVE. Try to enjoy it. No really, actually try to enjoy it.
  13. Days will seem slow but years fly by in the blink of an eye.
  14. The best you can do is to love your children, your husband and yourself.
  15. Your friends will eventually understand why, as a mother of a baby, you look like a zombie.advice for mommy to be
  16. You can feel 40 different emotions within 5 minutes. Sometimes, all at once!
  17. Asking for help is a WIN, not a fail.
  18. We can have all we want. We just can’t have it all at once.
  19. Celebrate the small victories. Is everyone fed, clothed and seemingly happy? If so – good job.
  20. Don’t compare your worst days to someone else’s best days.
  21. Asking for help just to take a shower, or to go to the bathroom, is okay.
  22. Take time for romance, despite the exhaustion, mommy belly, etc.
  23. The 2am, 4am, 6am feedings will pass. It does get better.
  24. Mothering: If you can still laugh at yourself, you’re doing it right.
  25. Household chores can wait.
  26. Say yes to your children as often as you can, provided they are safe and happy.
  27. Don’t compare yourself to others. You are you. Besides, you may not be comparing yourself to a true picture.
  28. Be kind to yourself. Take a break.
  29. As soon as you are able to, develop a routine, and include a shower for yourself.
  30. There is no prize for being Supermom. Stop trying to be one.funny advice for new moms
  31. Motherhood is NOT a competition.
  32. Pinterest, Facebook, and the internet, in general, is not going away. Check those out later when your kids are asleep. Your children come first.
  33. Breakfast for dinner is okay. Kids love it!
  34. Treat yourself as you would treat someone else who is overwhelmed.
  35. It’s all temporary. They really do grow fast, and in the end, you will remember only the good stuff. If you remember the bad stuff, it will seem funny.
  36. A bad day doesn’t mean you’re a bad parent.
  37. If the day didn’t go well, try again tomorrow.
  38. They won’t remember the messy house. They’ll remember that they were loved.
  39. It’s okay not to be good at scrapbooking. It’s okay if everything is piled away in a box that you will likely never sort through.
  40. Choose your battles.
  41. Any person who makes the baby and toddler years sound wonderful, is no longer in it. Either that or they have a nanny or au-pair.
  42. You don’t have to do it all.
  43. In a few years, you won’t be sorry about taking your kids to the drive-thru for dinner.
  44. Your kids think you’re amazing and beautiful.
  45. Spend time with your child – the dishes/ laundry/ whatever can wait.words of wisdom for new parents
  46. Laugh out loud when there are cereal and flour and milk all over the floor, and permanent marker on the couch. Laugh when you think your house cannot look any worse.
  47. Being a mom doesn’t mean you have to give up on the things you love – the things that make you, you.
  48. Postpartum depression can last for up to a year.
  49. Don’t stress over the fact that they’re watching ‘another’ show or something that is not perfect – especially when you’ve had a hard day.
  50. When you think your kids cannot be any more disobedient or negligent or irresponsible or fill in the blank. Take a moment for yourself and go watch a comedy or a sitcom.
  51. Having fun is way more important than following imaginary rules set by supposedly perfect parents or experts who’ve never been parents themselves.
  52. Stressing over the little things is not worth it.
  53. Don’t analyze your marriage or your life in the first year after your baby is born.
  54. Even on the days that you doubt yourself, your kids will still think you’re the best.
  55. Your body will never be the same, but it would still be beautiful.
  56. Don’t listen to others. Do it YOUR way.
  57. Ponytails are technically a hair-do.
  58. There is no right way. It’s your way.
  59. You don’t have to do what the books say. Do what feels right for you.
  60. If you don’t have a job or other kids to take care of, remove the clocks from your house. Sleep when you and baby want to, eat when you want to.first time mom advice
  61. It’s okay to cosleep or not to cosleep. Who cares what others say.
  62. All this will pass. One day, you’ll be a granny and you will get to see your children being good parents because you were a good parent.
  63. Stop trying to make everything perfect.
  64. It gets easier. Sleep will come, eventually, and you will feel more like yourself again.
  65. It’s okay to cry.
  66. Have more snowball fights.

Thanks for reading this post about “Advice for New Parents.” From one mom to another, I do hope it’s helpful. I hope it helps you realize that we all feel overwhelmed and incapable and… fill in the blanks. But knowing there are others who are feeling the same way, makes you feel less alone.

And if I could quote one piece of advice for new parents: It’s temporary.

If you have even more advice for new parents, definitely add it in the comments. We’d be happy to add it to the list because THIS is a community service of moms helping moms.

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