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Advice for New Moms

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When I was expecting my first baby (can it be 13 years ago, already?), I was amazed at the number of strangers who would engage me in conversation about babies—pat my belly, even! I heard all sorts of horror stories about deliveries gone wrong (what were they thinking?), months of sleeplessness, (didn’t happen), and newborn feeding advice (not helpful—I nursed). What did I learn from all that?

Advice for New Moms

Becoming Mom for the first time is a Great Unknown and most women admit to more than a little trepidation. That is, until they’ve been through it. Then they become experts who are willing to share their depth of wisdom with the sisterhood.

That’s good news/bad news.

I know I was glad for insight and suggestions those first few weeks, but not from strangers or casual acquaintances. I turned to my family, women I knew I could trust.

New Mommy Advice

Even so, when I see a newbie mom, sometimes I feel that maternal sisterhood thing and I want to tell her:

  • As eager as you are to hold him/her in your arms, it’s perfectly normal to miss feeling baby kick inside you.
  • Inhale that exquisite new baby smell as frequently as possible. It’s a delightful scent you’ll never find in a bottle.
  • You can’t kiss those cheeks too often.
  • You will talk obnoxious baby-talk to your own…and it won’t seem obnoxious.
  • Time takes on a different dimension. Babyhood stages don’t last forever, even though some days they feel like it.
  • You will become a better version of you, but you won’t recognize it for a long time.
  • You’ll think about the future more and you’ll become passionate about issues that were never of interest before.
  • You’ll soon be doing things that previously seemed totally gross—like changing icky diapers and cleaning spit-up—and you won’t even gag.

Although I never tell pregnant strangers any of those things, given the right opportunity I could be persuaded to share my…expertise. 🙂

Pampers Swaddlers

Because there are so many choices, I wouldn’t mind telling new Mom that well-known baby products have their great reputation because they are, well, great! Pampers Swaddlers diapers are in that category.

Advice for Newborn Baby

Based on sales data, Pampers are the #1 choice of hospitals. Whether it’s because of the blankie softness with the absorb-away liner that pulls wetness/mess from baby’s skin, the color-changing wetness indicator that shows when baby might need a change, or the contoured umbilical notch, that’s quite an endorsement.

Newborn Baby Mom Advice

But you’re going to find your own groove and you’ll do just fine. How do I know? Look around. The world is filled with wonderful, unique, gifted people and they all made it here because of their moms.

What I’ve learned is motherhood is an awesome experience. I think all women are reminded of that when they see a pregnant belly. That’s why strangers want to share and reminisce.

Non Advice for New Moms

So, new Mom: smile at strangers and listen to their stories. But my best non-advice? Go with your own gut—you’re going to be just the mom your baby needs!

You can find special savings on Pampers here.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Pampers. The opinions and text are all mine.

Layne Henderson

Layne is a boy mom in love. Surrounded by three adventurous little men, she's in pursuit of an empty laundry basket, the perfect cup of coffee, and sleep. She blogs, parents, and manages social media while wearing her tiara.