Today Lauren from Mrs. Weber's Neighborhood is here!
Lauren is a SAHM with a sweet baby girl. Pre-SAHM, Lauren was in the PR world. She writes about pretty much anything and everything, which makes it such a treat to go to her blog and see what kind of post will be there. She can also rock some awesome vlogs.
Without further ado...
Here is Lauren's War Story!
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New Baby Battles – The Ugly Truth
I’m taking a different approach to War Stories because I’m still a fairly new mom (my baby is 10 months), so I haven’t had to fight through that whole talking back stuff yet.
Instead, I’m going to write about something I do know a bit about: after the hospital care and newborns – specifically some things I’ve learned the hard way – through experience. It’s my hope that these tips come in handy to someone out there so they don’t have to fight these same baby battles.
Things to know before having a baby:
1. There are fast and slow nipples when bottle-feeding. I accidentally bought the fast ones and learned the hard way because my baby started choking, which was super scary for me as a new mom. Slow (size 1) for itty-bitty babies and faster (size 2 and up) for older infants. Just look for the numbers on the packaging.
2. If your nursing, your boobs will leak, so get nursing pads. I recommend the reusable kind because it’s better for the environment and saves money in the long run. I made the mistake of looking like a leaky faucet the first two days at home. Not attractive.
3. You will be very sore and bleed for a long time after giving birth. I had a fourth degree episiotomy and bled for 2 months. Couldn’t wipe either…so in advance of giving birth, buy some witch hazel wipes to use when you get home from the hospital.
4. Don’t buy any “warmer” products like a wipe warmer or bottle warmer. Your baby needs to take things at room temperature so you can get out and about. Yup, nearly learned this one the hard way until my childless friend clued me in.
5. Dreft, as in the laundry detergent for babies, is a scam. After paying $20-some for the high efficiency stuff, I did my research. Lo and behold, many other brands make fragrance-free products that are MUCH cheaper.
6. Don’t overestimate the power of puke. 40 percent of babies are pukers, so there’s a chance you might get lucky. If not, expect your clothes to reek, your carpet to have puke in it and your couch get puked on. Spit happens. Buy lots of burp cloths. If you don’t use them, they are great for dusting around the house.
7. On that note – always have back-up everything – clothing, a pacifier if that’s your baby’s thing, a burp cloth, diapers. You never know what substances are going to come out of that little being.
8. As cute as little “outfits” are for a newborn, they are impractical. They are a pain to get on and generally the baby isn’t too into it either. It’s true – dressing a baby is like dressing an octopus in a mesh bag. Keep it simple.
9. Relax and enjoy the ride. Everyone will have advice for you (including crazies at the grocery store), but in the end, you are the only expert in your baby’s eyes.
Remember it’s a good day if you can get through a cup of coffee while it’s hot. Focus on the small battles won each day of being a new mom.
What baby battles have you fought?
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Thanks Lauren for sharing some great tips for new moms! I sure could have used these the first time around!
Check out the rest of the War Stories here.