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.
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.
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.
¥ 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.
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.