Friday, January 28, 2011

Advice for New Parents

Here is our two cents:
1. Get as much sleep as possible right before you have the baby.
2. Have a pedi done before you go into labor. You will spend so much time looking at your feet it's crazy. So, be sure they look pretty it will make things better. You can say, "At least my toenails look good!"
3. Newborn poop aka meconium is really hard to get off a newborn's butt. We are talking like you need to use a chisel.
4. You never know when the poop, pee, or spit up is coming your way. Right when you think you have mastered how to tell when they about to blow, they throw a curve ball.
5. Diapers, at least pee diapers, still work if put on backwards (just ask Brent).
6. Newborns eat often. You will spend more time feeding your baby than you ever thought possible.
7. Having an iPhone really does help you stay connected and allows you to goggle any question you may have like, "Does forgetting your baby's name make you a bad parent?"
8. Diaper changing is a serious job. You must be quick, efficient, and have endurance. This is not for the faint of heart.
9. Candy bars, cookies, and cake really do make parenting easier.
10. Poop comes out the back of diapers and makes a huge poop stain on their clothes. This is one of the main reasons why you need an extra pair of clothes with you at all times.
11. Life is slower with a baby. When they need to eat, they need to eat and your plans go out the window.
12. Sleep when baby sleeps.
13. The more hands to help out the better.
14. Having prepared meals brought to you ROCKS! This is a great way for people to help you out during the first month as you adjust to your new addition.
15. A shower and a walk everyday can help you stay sane.

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