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Hey, beauties! Today’s post is for parents that are expecting or anyone who wants to start a family one day maybe in the near future. When I became a first-time mom I was scared and nervous and flooded with all the scary things that people warned you about (no sleep, babies with colic, hardships of breastfeeding, etc). I wish I had this post to read and reflect on when I was pregnant with Emery so I thought I’d share some positive light. Here are my positive tips/advice or my guidebook for first-time parents.
Guidebook For First-Time Parents
Take a Lot of Videos
Everyone says to take a lot of pictures but the videos are what I cherish the most. To see how little and precious they once were -in action- is the best.
Don’t Stress About Milestones
I was constantly on my phone checking milestones and when Emery was doing things. It’s okay to check every few months but don’t get obsessed over it because all babies are different!
Cherish Every Second
That tiny little baby will be a toddler before you can blink so cherish every second of babyhood, it’s some of the best times.
Don’t Forget Self-Care
I was so wrapped up in being a new mom that I forgot to take care of myself. Yes, I showered
every day most days but that was it. I’m talking about getting out, getting your nails done, go see a movie, have a date night (with your husband and/or with yourself), eat well, go for walks, read the Bible, etc. Do whatever you do that makes you feel cared for and good about yourself.
Don’t Worry About Schedules
Your schedule will work itself out. Feed on demand, cuddle that baby and take naps when you can. Don’t worry about the little things, if your babe is happy and fed than you’re doing amazing! I was so worried about when to feed when to play when to sleep and I wasn’t cherishing my time because of it.
Trust Your Instinct
Don’t go by what everyone else says, you have motherly instinct now so listen and go by it!
Embrace The Joy
Embrace the new happiest of happiness you get when you become a mom, being a parent is pure joy.
Don’t Stress About Cleaning
I’m not saying you should let your house turn into a disaster zone but a 30 min nap is way more important than a sink of dishes in the early months.
Invest in Your Peace of Mind
My favorite “peace of mind” baby gadget is our VTech VM4261 4.3” Digital Video Baby Monitor with Pan & Tilt Camera, Wide-Angle Lens and Standard Lens and for SO many reasons.
- It pans the entire nursery, and zooms in! It also comes with a wide-angle lens.
- It has night time vision so it can be used at all times of the day.
- The screen is a nice size, a 4.3-inch color LCD.
- You can play sounds & lullabies from your monitor.
- You can talk to baby to comfort her or let her know you’ll be right in.
- It has a temperature monitor and alerts if the temperature gets too high or too low (you set the temp alerts).
- It’s perfect for the nursery and the playroom. Now that Emery is older I like to monitor when she’s in her playroom too.
Having a video monitor with so many *actually useful* functions has helped so much. I definitely plan on getting another camera for when baby gets here so I can have one in both of the girls’ rooms.
You can shop the monitor I have right here.
I hope you liked my Guidebook For First-Time Parents. What are your tips for a new mom? Share in the comments!
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