As a newly pregnant woman or a new mom, you are likely to receive so much advice, both wanted and unwanted. I collected the 5 pieces of advice that I found the most helpful when I was pregnant with my daughter.
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Advice Tidbit #1 Don’t buy all the Baby Stuff… Yet
This was the piece of advice that was probably the hardest to follow. I spent hours drooling over so many different baby products. Crib and Changing Table Sets! Wood Rocking Chairs! Beautiful gliders! Automated rocking cradles! The Mamaroo! The Snoo! The Owlet! The Dock-a-Tot!
I wanted it all and I was positive that those things were going to be my saving grace in those early newborn days.
We ended up following this advice pretty carefully. My husband and I selected only one big ticket item to buy (The Dock-a-Tot) and bought a crib, changing table, Fisher Price Swing, and an old (nonautomated) Rock and Play all used from an online marketplace.
I bought all these items for less than $250 and you know what? My daughter is stoked with all those items. For some reason, she doesn’t seem to notice or care that she doesn’t have all the newest and greatest items.
I do, however, stand by my decision to buy the Dock-a-Tot. I love that product so much.
This bit of advice was extremely helpful for three reasons: First, it prevented me from spending tons of money on stuff that I ultimately didn’t need/ wouldn’t use.
Second, it freed up space in our tiny house for things that we ultimately ended up being given that needed to be stored like play gates, toys, diapers, and strollers.
Lastly, you can ALWAYS buy more stuff if you discover you really need something that you have forgotten about. It’s more challenging to get rid of unneeded baby products.
Advice Tidbit #2 Have a Baby Changing Station in Your Living Room
I received a Pack ‘n Play Playard I highly recommend it!
I also really liked it because of the removable bouncy seat. The seat could be used in the kitchen when I was cooking or doing dishes or placed in the bathroom if I wanted to sneak in a quick shower while she entertained herself.
With the vibrate function, she would sleep easily in it when she was a newborn. Now that she is older she plays happily with her teethers or other toys. Both ways I was able to easily get things done while she sat comfortably occupied within my sight.
Alternative Ideas for a Changing Station
If you don’t want an entire changing table/ PacknPlay in your living room you can always just fill a cute box with all of the changing essentials like diapers, wipes, and a few changes of clothes and leave it in your room.
I also had a friend who filled a shower caddy with these things and would carry it from room to room. Or you could stock up one of these awesome carts! I use one of these in my classroom but it would work great for baby stuff too!!!
Another friend of mine used one of these which works great too!
Advice Tidbit #3 You Need a Hand-Held Shower Head
Oh and bonus I now frequently do use it to hose my kid off with so, you know, it was pretty much win-win! Here is the one that we installed.
Advice Tidbit #4 Stock Up on Plain White Onesies for Baby
This suggestion came from my mom. She suggested that I buy several sets of plain white onesies Let me tell you I have used those white onesies over and over again. They are such a versatile layering piece, plus is there anything cuter than a baby in a plain white onesie. They just look so fresh and delectable! You can buy a Gerber set here. I really like this pack because has 3 sizes so the onesies can grow along with your baby. My baby was born in January so I also bought a set of long sleeved onesies like these.
Advice Tidbit #5 You are the Boss!
My friend’s grandmother had 7 kids! When talking with her at a wedding shower I asked her what the secret to being a good mom. This wise grandmother, without hesitation, threw out this truth bomb: “Don’t ever forget that you are the boss.” Spoken like a true boss.
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