This page is a list of tips and thoughts that I found worked for me along my journey through motherhood. I intend to keep adding to this list as I discover and learn new techniques through my own experiences and from other Moms and Dads. I have a 3 year old and a 1 year old. I also want to make it clear that I am in no way judging anyone else or saying that those many baby books out there are wrong. I’m just expressing my own thoughts and experiences. Please feel free to add to my list cause I know motherhood is an ongoing, learning process and I’d love all the help I can get. Please check back every now and then for new tips. These tips/thoughts are in no particular order of importance.
- Take lots of pictures and videos, you can never take too many.
- Take advantage of those baby years cause they grow way too fast.
- There’s no such thing as spoiling your baby. If your baby is crying and you want to pick him/her up then do it, there’s a reason why he’s crying. They’re only babies for so long and if you don’t take advantage of the little time that you have to hold them in your arms you may end up regretting it.
- Babies grow so fast that sometimes it’s not worth buying the most expensive shirt in the store. Make your choices wisely.
- When buying clothes in advance, keep in mind the season. For example: if you’re buying a 6 month winter jacket, make sure when she’s 6 months old it’ll be winter. Cause when she’s 6 months she may fit the jacket but the jacket may not fit the season. I’ve made that mistake before.
- When your baby can start eating solids (and by solids I mean chunks of food), it’s a good idea to invest in a mini pair of scissors with a case to bring to restaurants. Makes cutting up noodles and larger sized veggies a lot quicker and easier (and we all know when babies are hungry they want food NOW).
- Potty training – Lots of encouragement, lots of PATIENCE, and lots of hugs and kisses. That’s what worked for us.
- Mommy Brain – keep a notepad handy or nearby to jot things down before you forget.
- If your baby is rejecting a particular food, keep offering it to him. Try it another day, be persistent. At such a young age he may still be trying to figure out if he likes that food or not, or his brain may still be trying to ”learn” the taste of that particular food.
- Teach your children to be as selfless as they’ve taught you to be
The following 3 points were contributed by The Line That Divides Us. Thanks for sharing dear.
- carry a stash of q-tips in your diaper bag to clean your baby’s/child’s crusties in their nose cause you never know when there’ll be a photo opportunity. Knowing how the universe works…you’ll never have it when you need it.
- carry some cream in your diaper bag, especially for babies/children with eczema. The bonus is, you can use it when you’ve got a bit of a dry spot somewhere.
- this one’s a biggie…when purchasing clothing for your little munchkin, try to get a material that is a mix of spandex and cotton. I know a majority of clothing out there are just 100% cotton…but every so often you’ll find that spandexy material and it just feels oh-so-nice. Reason for spandexy material is that it stretches a bit right? So with your little one growing so fast…they’ll get more wear out of it. Perhaps 10 times as opposed to 6?!
And back to our regularly scheduled program
- Don’t just keep telling your child NO without explaining to them why. How would you like it if someone kept telling you that you couldn’t do something but never gave you a reason why?
- Take the time to have a date night with your spouse at least once a month.
- You and your spouse are in this journey together, be each other’s rock.
- Always have “on the go” snacks on hand in the pantry or fridge for those unexpected times when you just have to get up and go.