The 10 Most Practical Pieces of Parenting Advice No One Tells You
Straight from the trenches, tips for tackling motherhood.
If you’re anything like me, you spent your pregnancy (and pre-pregnancy) poring over blogs and websites. You know that dropside cribs are out and that and that date nights with your husband are in. But here are 10 pieces of advice I bet you haven’t heard before:
1. Stop making fun of wipes-warmers
Wipes-warmers seem like the most ridiculous thing pregnant ladies register for, the pickle-fork of the baby shower. Well, guess what I just learned with Kid #2. If you have a boy, and it is winter, that clammy wet wipe is going to really piss him off. Who knew? Wipes-warmers manufacturers, that’s who.
2. Never make a well-baby doctor’s appointment on a Monday
That’s when everyone who got sick over the weekend comes in with their grimy big-kid germs.
3. You’re going to need a jacket with 80 million pockets
And a raincoat with a hood, because pushing a stroller and carrying an umbrella requires superhuman agility.
4. Get the cup holder for your stroller
People will make fun of it, but only people who don’t know what they are talking about.
5. Buy a reusable water bottle
Sounds like I’m outfitting you for an endurance sport, right? That’s because I am. Especially if you’re nursing, you’re going to be thirsty.
6. Talk to strangers
For a few months (or years), baby-related minutia will become fascinating to you, as will a certain kind of conversation you can only have with other mothers whose children are the EXACT same age as yours. Your husband, your mother, your pre-baby-best-friend, no one will want to hear as much about your baby’s booger-texture as the other mom you met in the park five minutes ago. Go with it.