Tips for New Parents

So, you are about to bring home your bundle or bundles of joy. You are thrilled to meet your baby. You are also a little nervous. Are they really going to let me take this living/breathing/eating/pooping human home? Do they trust me? How am I qualified to take care of a baby? Have they seen me?

The answer to all of your questions is: yes. You have read up on babies as many possible, but do you know the things they haven’t told you? Here is the list of tips for new parents that Tim and I came up with during one of our hundreds of late-night feedings.

Tips for New Parents

  1. You will do baby laundry every single day or every other day. Be prepared for it. Thankfully you won’t use much detergent (we are still on our first container of Dreft after 2 months on twin laundry).
  2. Have a plastic tub on top of your washer with water and baby detergent. You will use this to put the items that have had milk spill on them. It will prevent stains and keep the sour milk smell at bay.
  3. Put a disposable changing pad over your nice pretty changing pad cover. This way, you won’t have to constantly wash the changing pad when it gets pee/poop/spit up/what-in-the-world-is-that? spots on it. We haven’t changed the white washable pad once, but we have changed the blue pad about once a day.
  4. Blue puppy training pads make excellent changing pad covers (see Tip #3)
  5. Always have extra clothes for both you and the baby/babies.
  6. For a winter baby, a $20 wipe warmer will be an incredible investment and save your ears from a screaming child.
  7. Know how you want to do things (routines, child-rearing, etc), but be flexible as things come up.
  8. Thin, cheap, baby washcloths make excellent penis covers (to absorb the pee) and quick spit-up cleaners.
  9. You can never have too many burp cloths.
  10. Baby wipes do more than just wipe bottoms. They also can be used as a spot treatment on clothes, nursing pillows, bedding, etc. as a quick fix so you don’t have to wash it right away.
  11. Work as a team. You need each other now more than ever.
  12. Have a sense of humor.
  13. It’s okay to call your children names during the midnight, 2 AM, 4 AM, and 5:30 AM feedings. It’s especially okay when they have spit up/peed/pooped on you, them, their bedding, the dog, and under the kitchen sink (how did they get there?) for the 4th time that night. Just do it in a loving voice, and they won’t remember the word you used.
  14. Drink caffeine. I went from drinking only water to loving iced tea (and a soda a day). It’s ok, in moderation!
  15. Have a TV/iPad/snacks, and water beside your nursing chair always!
  16. Allow yourself time for just yourself. You will only want to be away for about an hour or two before you can’t stand it anymore, but it is important to get away.
  17. You will love your baby/babies more than you ever thought possible. Your whole world will revolve around them. When you go out without your baby, the world will still look at you as a child-less adult, but inside you know that you are a part of the club known as Parents. Welcome!