When I had Ali, I was absolutely shocked at how clueless I was in regards to taking care of a newborn. Like seriously – who knew they were so complicated?? It didn’t help that I wasn’t the how-to book type – I just expected to naturally and instinctually know how to care for an infant. I did not. I had a LOT to learn. I knew nothing, and I needed help. Here were some of the most helpful things for me as I tackled new Mommyhood:
1. Having a friend who also had her first new baby a few months ahead of me. Okay, this one may be hard to come by for everyone, but it was a life saver for me. My friend Ashley had AJ three months before I had Ali. We have had lunch nearly every week for the last six years, and I have been able to watch her parenting and take tips, tricks, learning ideas, and forewarnings of what was to come next. Our babies were so close together (and oddly twinlike in appearance) that she hadn’t forgotten the stages I was going through, but she was far enough ahead for me to learn all sorts of useful information. (And it was also nice for Ali to have a best friend.)
2. Watching what my parents did with my kid. It’s easy to get into baby ruts. If a sippy cup works, why would I ever try a regular cup? Every time Ali (and later Noah) would go over to my parent’s house, they’d come back with some new skill. And I’d always find myself saying, “Huh – I would have never thought to teach them that yet!”
3. You cannot let your baby cry it out within earshot. Although letting a baby cry it out for just 5 or 10 minutes can be magical for said baby’s ability to sleep through the night, if listened to, it is maddening. Two minutes feels like two centuries. Earplugs, porch time, loud television, music – whatever it takes, just don’t listen to your baby crying.
4. Video Monitors are priceless for parental sanity. I didn’t have one with Ali, but I have adored it with Noah. Fabulous creations, they are. (And highly entertaining.)
5. Keep a gigantic stock in wet wipes – because once you have a baby, you’ll use them for everything. Wiping butts, wiping noses, wiping hands, wiping faces, wiping off kitchen counters, mopping the floor, removing large chunks of sticky crumbs from car seats, cleaning the mirror…I have no idea how I ever lived without wet wipes. No. Idea.
6. Preventative Butt Care is a good thing. Poor Ali had a sensitive butt. When she was an infant, I thought she was doomed to perma-rash. But once we started creaming her butt every night before bed, she cleared up and stayed that way. Noah’s butt doesn’t break out as often, but when it does, he can’t stand for me to use most brands of cream on his butt – apparently it’s not so pleasant of a sensation.
Which is where our giveaway comes in.
(Like my segue? I thought so.)
Boudreaux’s Butt Paste is the only brand that I’ve found doesn’t sting Noah’s butt, and therefore saves my ears from his unkindly screams.
He actually likes the stuff.
So much so, in fact, that he’s begun requesting it by name.
Except that he clearly and loudly begs for “Butt Face!!!”
Then, to make the point of exactly what he wants, he rubs his butt, and then his face.
So every time he gets a random itch anywhere in the vicinity, he starts yelling out, “Butt Face, Mommy!! Put Butt Face on it!!!”
BlogHer and Boudreaux’s Butt Paste have generously offered to give one of you a $100 Visa Gift Card, just because they like you. They’ve also created this hilarious video, which had Ali giggling hysterically as we watched it:
If you’d like to win $100 with which to do whatever you like, tell me your best new parenting tip.
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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored giveaway by Boudreaux’s Butt Paste. I was also awarded with a Butt Kit, and who wouldn’t want that? However, Butt Kit aside, all of my opinions are my own.