Monday, December 31, 2012

Baby Lessons #1 - Just a few fun tips I've learned so far.

When I was pregnant I pinned so many advice lists about being pregnant, having a new baby, what to take to the hospital, etc. it was a little crazy.  I actually read them all too, sometimes twice.  So, I was thinking about some of the things I have learned so far since Baby Boy came into the world on September 11th and I thought I'd share a few.  This is just a random few.  There is so much more.  Plus, he's only 3 months old, so I still have lots to learn.  I think I will keep adding to the list every couple of weeks, so check back every once in awhile.

Photo by Melissa Robinson Photography

1. Every baby is different. They all have their own little personalities.  What is awesome for one baby/mommy may not be what is awesome for you and your baby.  This is the most important thing to remember about EVERYTHING.

 2. Relax. I was so obsessed concerned with helping my baby become a good sleeper and trying to get him on a schedule that I was tracking every time he would sleep and would stress over any little thing that was out of the ordinary.  Finally, my sister just told me to go with it.  And I did.  The kid put himself on his own schedule that was just like what he was "supposed" to do according the sleep book that was recommended to me by EVERYONE- Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

3.  Invest in good swaddle blankets.  I LOVE the Aden & Anais blankets.  They're big and lightweight which is nice in Florida.  At night I use the Summer Swaddle Me blanket because it has velcro and stays put.  Baby Boy HAD to be swaddled to sleep from Day 1 and he continues to need and want to be swaddled now at 3 1/2 months old.  I've tried not swaddling him, but he has a really hard time falling asleep and wakes up in a panic.  Poor kid.  So, against the advice of the pediatrician (he told me I should try to not wrap him up anymore at his 3 month appointment), he still gets swaddled.  I figure he'll grow out of it in time, but until then I like a baby that sleeps 10 hours a night.

4.  Don't buy clothes with collars for the first 3 months.  In fact, don't buy shirts that aren't onesies.  I know, I know, you want your baby to look like a little man in all these cute button-ups, but babies don't have necks. They have double chins.  Collars with no neck = fail.  The poor kids look miserable with their shirts in their little mouths.  Seriously.  And if you put your kid in a shirt that's not a onesie you'll be pulling it down constantly.  It's annoying.

5.  You will seriously love your baby.  Ya, duh, right?  Obviously, I knew I would love my baby, but I had NO idea how much I would love the little guy.  I don't think anything can prepare you for it because it's really a love like no other. True unconditional love. It's amazing.

1 comment:

  1. These tidbits are all so true! I swaddled our wubba up until about 2 or 3 weeks ago. He loved being swaddled and that was his cue that it was bedtime because I only swaddled him at night. He's doing great in footed PJ's or sleep sacks now though and it wasn't a hard transition like I thought it would be :)

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