I’d like to spend some time to take a look back and remind myself of the things that I have done with my first (maybe only?) baby that I would not do again… and also all of the things I would. I’ve learned a lot with him and I will be so much better prepared if we ever have another, even though I thought I knew it all.
I would not:
– hold him as much. From the very first day, I would put him down any chance I could because that habit came about so fast, faster than I realized. I would still spend a lot of time snuggling him and letting him be close to me, but 20 hours a day is not necessary.
– let him sleep with us. I love the bonding and nursing while dozing but boy is that habit hard to break. I mean really, really hard to break. Brady is still mostly in our bed and I don’t know when I’ll finally get him switched over completely.
– even bother opening the off-brand diapers I received. They are junk. Pampers, Huggies and also Luvs are the only diapers to use.
– hold him in the moby wrap more. I feel like I should have gotten more use out of that.
– keep him from dairy at the first sign of gas and spit up. I wish someone would have told me all about the issue of milk protein allergies.
– stock up on gripe water. It’s miraculous.
– buy the best swing I could find. I had several, but they were bought second hand and there was something not right about each of them. I think that would have helped with putting him down if I would have had more options of places he liked.
– hire a birth photographer. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: it is a MUST have.
– pump more often. I think that really would have helped some of my supply issues.
– have taken the full 12 weeks of maternity leaved available, even though a month would have been unpaid.
– take more naps.
I’m sure there is much more to add to the list, but these are the things that I think are important. Maybe you will learn from my mistakes or maybe you won’t. You will definitely though, learn from yours. 🙂 What would you do differently?
Sher Bailey is a writer in the Midwest who believes the power of humor, Mod Podge, and grandkids can fix most problems in life. You can find her at SherBailey.com.