Parenting advice from real moms

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Many thanks to Huggies for sponsoring today’s story on parenting advice from real moms and encouraging me to try Huggies Little Movers Diapers!

Pick up any baby book or magazine and you’ll be sure to find an article on advice for moms. In general, they’re helpful. But the reality is, every baby is different. Every child is different.

This isn’t my first rodeo, and after having three kids, you’d think I’d have this whole parenting thing down. Sleep routines, feeding, choosing the right brand of diapers – and that’s just the baby days. I don’t have all the answers, but I did some crowdsourcing and talked to some friends for parenting advice from real moms.

Forget the magazine articles, this is parenting advice from real moms.

What it comes down to is this:

We’re all just winging it.

Trust me, there are some parents who only post about the joys of parenting, they leave out all the dirt. I’m not talking mud puddles, but not everyone posts the bad stuff. I get it. But stop comparing yourself. Remember, we all have our ways of coping, and sometimes that’s just sharing the good stuff.

It really doesn’t matter where your baby sleeps. As long as you are both sleeping, it doesn’t matter if they’re in your bed or in your arms in your rocking chair. Or if they’re in their crib. Are you both getting sleep? Good enough for me.

Duct Tape is an excellent impromptu baby proofer.

My kids baby books? A pile of papers and whatnot in random boxes.

Schedule date nights with your partner AND girls nights out. My kids love our regular sitter so much they ask when we’re going out again.

Safety is non-negotiable. Whether it’s riding in car-seats, securing furniture to walls (not just shelves and dressers, that flat screen needs to be secured too!) or holding a grown-ups hand while crossing the street, parenting means teaching your kids to be safe.

Pick up My Little Mover diapers at Sam's Club!

Online shopping is your friend. Whether it’s paying in advance for in-store pickup at Sam’s Club, grocery delivery or next (or same day) shipping it makes parenting so much easier.

And my fellow moms? Here’s what some of them had to say.

Best advice is to stop listening to everyone else’s advice and listen to your motherly instincts first. My own pediatrician told me this! Lol! Tonia C.

Don’t forget to have fun! It can be easy to fall into the same old routines-wake up, get ready, school/work, homework, dinner, bath, bed. Little, unexpected adventures turn in to big memories! Tasha G.

You will only be an expert on raising children until the moment you have one of your own, then you’ll realize you know very little and that’s perfectly ok. None of your children will fit the mold any “expert” has created so be informed but follow your instincts. You know your child(ren) best, don’t ever forget that. Julie S.

Cut yourself some slack. Don’t expect yourself to be a “perfect” mom… because, the secret is, there is no such thing! We all make mistakes, we all have things we might do differently, we all lose our cook and get frazzled. Allow yourself the same grace you’d give anyone else. You are worth it too. Kristine M.

Make sure your new son’s penis is pointed down before closing the diaper. It sounds so basic but I never had so much as TOUCHED a baby before I birthed one and didn’t realize that this could be an issue. Crystal R.

A few things when diapering your Little Movers.

– Change their diaper with a new clean diaper underneath. With newborns, sometimes the change in temperature causes them to go again, and it’s nice to have a diaper there and not a blanket. If they don’t, it’s that much easier for changing.
– Consider sizing up for nap time and bedtime.
– Not all diapers are created equal. Once your baby gets moving you want a diaper that moves with the baby, instead of a baby that moves the diaper. A poorly fitting diaper means a potentially epic mess.

“Only Huggies® diapers have a stretchy SnugFit Waistband to help our diapers stay in place like no other diaper. The unique contoured shape provides a comfortable fit and stays in place as babies move and play.

Now even more absorbent with new and improved LEAK LOCK®—the protection and security you both need between changes.

DryTouch® liner. Part of the new Moving Baby System*, the new DryTouch® liner absorbs on contact, so your baby stays dry throughout all of their little adventures.

Benefits:

¥ Shaped for fit and flexibility
¥ Available in sizes 3, 4, 5 and 6
¥ DryTouch® liner** absorbs on contact
¥ Double Grip Strips for a comfy fit that lasts
¥ Leak Lock Protection for up to 12 hours of protection
¥ SnugFit* waistband
¥ Features New Huggies® Brand Moving Baby System*”

You’ll want to go to Sam’s Club to save $3 when they purchase your pack of Huggies Little Mover Diapers (June 22nd until July 17th). And don’t forget to enter to win $500 Sam’s Club gift card by submitting a photo of your baby’s moves! Don’t have the time to shop? Sam’s Club has free shipping on Diapers/Wipes, Club Pick up and Subscription.

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And for the record. It does get easier. Maybe not perfect. Maybe you’re just coping, but it does get easier. If not, there is always nap time. For you. Or them. I don’t judge.

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About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cat and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.

Comments

  1. All of this. Four kids later we’re just winging it every step of the way. We’re not perfect, there’s no guidebook, no formula, just real people taking it step by step.

  2. All of this is true but what I liked the most from this article is: we are ALL winging it. No two children are alike and we have to parent in the moment.

  3. Robin Masshole Mommy says:

    YES! I used to take everything people told me to heart and for a long time I felt like I was doing it wrong, but like you said – we are all winging it. It’s not black & white – we have to do what is best for us.

  4. I love this so much! All moms need to remember one very important point. We are ALL winging it. None of us really know what we’re doing, and that’s okay!

  5. I love you bye she got from other parents. My favorite one is stop listening to everyone else’s advice and listen to your motherly instincts first! That is some of the best advice I think I have ever heard.

  6. Yes having fun is SO important! We still use Huggies overnight diapers!

  7. Amy Desrosiers says:

    So many people in my social media feeds only post perfect moments. I am over here cleaning up spilled milk, eggs all over, and torn apart couches.

  8. This is such a great post. I think it’s great that everyone is wining it. You shouldn’t ever listen to what others say and do what you think is right. 🙂

  9. I love Julie’s- you are only an expert until you have kids. haha. That is so true! I love how my non-mom friends always think they are experts and know the right way to parent lol

  10. I was so scared when I was a new mom. There was just so much to learn, so yes, I was definitely winging it. As far as diapers, Huggies was definitely my brand of choice though.

  11. Crystal says:

    They get older, I feel like less and less of an expert. I love having a community of parents to bounce ideas off of. But what I really appreciate most is that they’ve got my back even when I throw their advice out the window.

  12. I think overnight diapers were just coming out as my oldest outgrew diapers. You are exactly right. We’re all just winging it, every parent needs to do what works for them.

  13. This is all such great advice. It’s so important to know that we’re all different and have different parenting styles and that’s ok. We can all learn so much from others.

  14. All of these are true. Parenting just comes naturally, there isn’t a secret formula. Follow your instincts (and some of these handy hints too!) and you’ll be great. 🙂

  15. Ann Bacciaglia says:

    It is so important to take time to spend with your partner. You need to stay connected and recharge your batteries. This is great parenting advice.

  16. Amen to online shopping! Half of what I have I wouldn’t have if it weren’t for the convenience of it.

  17. It took me a long time to quit comparing myself to other moms. When I realized we were all just doing our best, it allowed me to let go of that habit.

  18. Love this post and it reminds me of a post I wrote about earlier in the year http://www.lovetabitha.com/the-only-parenting-advice-you-should-follow/ . So, true all children are different and I’m so sick of parenting advice blah blah blah!!

  19. You are so right that we’re all just winging it!

    Love this post. Thanks for telling us about the contest-I shared it!

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