Wednesday, December 21, 2016

What No One Tells You When Your Expecting + Freshly Picked GIVEAWAY


1. Car seat safety
No one tells you how to install the car seat, let alone how to put the baby in the car seat safely. Of course all car seats come with a manual, unless you buy it used but be VERY CAUTION when buying used. Make sure the car seat hasn't been recalled and only buy from someone you trust and will tell you truthfully if the car seat has been an accident. However, I highly recommend buying a brand new car seat, it is better to be safe than sorry. 


Back to my first point, of course it comes with the manual but some people do not read manuals. We didn't and we not only struggled with installing it but also with putting our newborn baby into it after leaving the hospital. Might I add, our hospital did not do a car seat check because of liability issues, I'm assuming no hospitals do car seat checks unless you have a preemie or a low birth weight baby (correct me if I am wrong, guys).

Once we YouTube'd it (because I mean how else do we find out these things, am I right?), we were able to get her in but again NO ONE told us that the chest clip should be at her chest and not her belly until a follower mentioned it when she was FIVE MONTHS OLD so we have been having our baby improperly restrained for FIVE WHOLE MONTHS. 
Moral of the story, READ THOSE MANUALS!!

2. Chin to chest sleeping hazard 
There will come a time, when the baby sleeps best in either the bouncer, the swing or her car seat and it is easier to leave her there to nap instead of moving her to her bassinet or crib. However, sleeping elevated like that, gravity pulls that baby's big ol' head forward and they do not have the neck muscle to pick it back up. When their chin is to their chest, their airway is blocked. Think of a straw and if you bend it, it blocks liquid well that is similar to what happens to the baby's airways. So if your baby sleeps better in an elevated position (Sophia slept best in the swing and stroller), keep your attention on them to be sure their chin does not fall on their chest while sleeping. Also, it is best to not use head inserts that did not come with your infant seats as that can make it more likely for your baby to end up in the chin to chest position.

3. Babies cry a lot
Of course babies cry, we all know that. It's how they communicate and let you know if they are hungry, tired, need a diaper change, too hot, too cold, etc. But they cry A LOT, like a lot a lot and if you have a colic baby, it's harder because there is nothing to calm them down. Be prepared for a lot of crying from you and the baby to be honest, I shed some tears with Sophia a few times.

4. Lack of sleep
So your thinking, I can't wait to have this baby out of me so I can sleep comfortably. HA. There is no such thing as comfortable sleep as a parent especially if you bed-share willing or not. We did not plan to bed-share but when that is the only way to get that sweet little baby to sleep so you can get at least 30 minutes of sleep before her next feeding since you wasted so much precious sleep time trying to get her to sleep, you do what you gotta do. And even than, some think I will finally have sleep once the baby sleeps through the night but what people don't tell you is not all babies sleep through the night. The braggers brag of how they got their baby to sleep through the night by doing this, this and this. First off, all babies are different and not everything that works for one mom will work for another. Second, those moms that don't brag are probably the ones with their child still waking up in the night. My kid is that child, she wakes up multiple times during the night. What I can say is you get used to it.

5. Hip safety when baby-wearing
With the popularity of baby wearing and all these carriers in different price points, you wanna jump on the baby wearing bandwagon so you either buy one or someone gifts you with one but no one tells you to properly support your baby's hips when wearing him. If the baby's hips are not properly supported when wearing, it can lead to hip dysplasia. Please refer to Babywearing International for optimal positioning for babywearing.

I could go on and on but those are the major ones that I had to learn the hard way. What did you other mommas have to learn on your own that no one warned you about when you were expecting?

Photo by LaPalomento Photography

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16 comments:

  1. Yes girl! Read those manuals and YouTube EVERYTHING I swear, Idk where we would be without either of those search engines.

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    1. Normally I am all up in instructions and manuals but the end of pregnancy got me!! Haha.

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  2. Something no one ever told me was, DONT BE SO HARD ON YOUR PARENTING SKILL! Also don't compare yourself to other moms, everyone is different and whatever works for your family might be different than others.

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    1. YesπŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½πŸ™ŒπŸ½ And every kid is different so you may even have to change your parenting style with each kid!

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  3. I don't think I was warned early enough how hard it would be to stay home. I knew it would be in a sense but it's the hardest job in the world! It's very rare that I feel I have finished everything I need to and that's okay. At the end of the day it's not the end of the world if you couldn't finish folding the laundry! Enjoy and savor every single moment home with kids because you'll never get them back! Mommy on, you're not alone. ��❤️

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    1. Yes! In the beginning, I worried about having the perfect house and always being clean but there will always be more dishes to wash, they can wait. These moments go by way too fast.

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  4. I wish someone would have told me about the mommy worry - oh my goodness, I worried about everything with my first son. Then, with my second I knew that some things were just little phases and they do pass.

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    1. Haha yes!! Even my husband worries so when two of us are worrying it doesn't help! Lol

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  5. Could not agree more with all of these! The car seat one is scary and I bet there are many people who don't know the correct way! Thanks for sharing! Thank

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    1. Oh I can't even imagine! I just hope that people aren't as careless as we were to not open that manual and so thankful nothing happpened those first few months when we weren't restraining her properly.

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  6. I wish someone would've warned me to NOT use google as much. Google can be scary and cause unnecessary worry. I've learned to rely on mothers instinct more than anything.

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    1. Yes!! Google is not always your friend!! And most of the time your mother's instinct is right even if it goes against a more "experienced" mom because no one knows your baby better than you.

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  7. I would say to not freak out when baby cries in public its not as loud as you think it is-

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    1. Haha. I still get a little embarrassed and I shouldn't! All babies cry and they each have their rough days.

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  8. Something that I wish me and my wife would have known is that a baby is the biggest test on a marriage - and we came out on top!

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  9. I was thankful my midwife told me about the carseat chest clip at his 2-day check up! We didn't plan on bedsharing either but it felt so normal/natural and did it for almost 6-months. But once he started sleeping in his room sleep quality slowly improved and once he slept through the night consistently we felt like our old selves again! And yes, the babywearing one I had to figure out myself, too. We live, learn, & our babies still turn out pretty good!

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