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What Do You Wish You Knew Before You Had the Baby?

The rumors are true: Parenthood doesn’t come with an instruction booklet. If it did, though, here’s what been-there moms would include.
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I wish I’d known… “…that you don’t have to buy a million things for a baby. I could have skipped all the cute little hats (you just reuse your favorite one or two and the rest take up drawer space); bags and bags of size 0 to 3 month clothing (they outgrow these in, like, two weeks!); a bottle steamer (hello, dishwasher). The one thing you really need? A great group of mommy friends.” —Teresa Sellinger, mom of three, Dubuque, Iowa

I wish I’d known… “…how to take a shower with a newborn in the house. I finally figured out that if you put the baby in a bouncy seat on the floor of the bathroom you can sing and talk to her, instead of worrying that she’s going to wake up in the other room and start crying. Life is so much nicer when you can have a relaxing shower in the morning.” —Leslie Cassidy, mom of three, Greenlawn, New York

I wish I’d known… “…to think twice about a pacifier. My first child had his paci with him 24/7 until we took it away at 20 months. Every time we walked out of the house we had to check if we had extras, and going cold turkey was traumatic…for all of us! With my second, I realized it was easier not to even give him one to begin with.” —Heather Bauer, mom of three, Goldsboro, North Carolina

I wish I’d known… “…to stick with no-brainer baby outfits, like Onesies and elastic-waist bottoms. Overalls look adorable, but there are too many things to unsnap. It’s all about how fast I can make a diaper change!” —Laura Feiner, mom of two, Davie, Florida

I wish I’d known… “…to read up on newborns before my due date. I spent all my time focused on pregnancy stuff, and didn’t look into bathing and feeding the baby. That would have been helpful; you don’t have a whole lot of time for reading once the baby is born.” —Melissa Morgenlander, mom of two, Brooklyn, New York

I wish I knew…. “to trust my Mom instincts. When my daughter was born, every time a relative said something like, ‘Should she really be eating that?’ I’d wonder if I were doing the right thing. By the time I had my son I realized that even though relatives may mean well, nobody knows my kids as well as I do.”
—Tracy Hammer, mom of two, Kirkwood, Missouri

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    Rated 0 out of 5 by i wish i had known that i didnt need to recieve every baby clothes given to be.(hand me downs) they were cute but most of them just took up space and never worn, i ended up donating them anyways. September 5, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I wish id known not to take everyones advice so seriously. In reality everyone has their own way to parent and you will too. Figuring things out on your own will only reassure your future mother instincts, you will see that the choices you make are mostly good and if you make a mistake you learn and move on. Not everyone in the world can be right or their way may not work for you, so its good to take things into consideration or better yet be informed about certain situations but ultimately you are your childs parent and know how you want them raised so do thing your way and the rest will fall into place. For example; some people disagree on sleep training and i love it (now that ive gone through it), eventhough it was difficult. Now my son is in bed by 8p, which gives dad and me a few hrs before bed to have an adult conversation or enjoy a movie. Like i said it may not work for everyone and it was extremely hard to make that choice but now i am reaping from the benefits :) hoped i helped! July 29, 2013
    Rated 0 out of 5 i wish some one would have told me that being a new mom is harder than it looks. dont get me wrong i love my little guy, but before i got pregnant i loved babies... thats bc i could always hand them back. while i was pregnant i thought "oh this is easy, no morning sickness, not many other simptoms, and i loved feeling him move" but when i had my son the first few days were the worst... i know i wouldnt sleep, but nothing will ever prepare u until u go through it. but i wish all the new moms and moms to be good luck... it worth every moment!! December 17, 2012
    Rated 0 out of 5 by I wish someone had told me to keep perspective....Meaning that the not so fun aspects of being a mom (come on, you know what i'm talking about...the 2am, 4am, and 6am feedings....changing your outfit for the 6th time in 3 hours because baby is spitting up, etc) will eventually end. Just keep patience and before you know it baby will sleep through the night, and all other issues will fade or evolve into new ones ;P July 4, 2012
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