10 Things I Wish I Knew Before Having a Baby

Bringing a baby into your home will change everything. From the way you think, to the way you go to the bathroom (suddenly you’re going as quickly as possible- forget the phone, you have a baby to get back to!), having your little one around will revolutionize your life.

You’re going to be stressed. You’re going to be tired. You’re going to be stinky. But, you’re going to survive! And, to help make these first few months a little easier, I’m going to share with you the things I wish I knew before bringing my baby home from the hospital.

*Note: This is different than my 15 Things I Wish I Knew Before Giving Birth post. This is about raising baby, not delivering it.

Ready? Let’s get this thing started!

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What I Keep at my Breastfeeding Station (And Why You Should, Too)

My “breastfeeding station” is really just a spot on the couch with a little blue basket stuffed full of everything I could ever need to have at arm’s length.

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My “breastfeeding station” is really just a spot on the couch (that’s beginning to get a little indented…) with my boppy, a couple pillows, and a little blue basket I bought from the dollar store stuffed full of everything I could ever need or want at an arm’s length.

I’ve seen a lot of posts about breastfeeding stations and what each woman recommends keeping nearby. This is my list of ultimate must-haves. Trust me, you won’t want to sit down to feed your little one without these things!

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Baby Books: What to Read and Why

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When it came to picking out baby books to read, I was pretty specific with what I was looking for. There are tons of options out there, but I didn’t have tons of time. Sure, nine months seems like a long time, but the truth is, there’s so much to do and so much to prepare (not to mention you’re going to be exhausted) that you don’t want to read something that isn’t worth the precious time you’re dedicating to it.

For that reason, I picked four books to read to prepare for my little one. I liked all of them and absolutely loved one of them. If you’re looking for something to read while you wait for your little one to make his or her appearance, here are my recommendations!

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Finally Breastfeeding!

It’s been over three weeks of meeting with the lactation consultant, pumping, finger feeding, crying, weighing, more crying, and a lot more pumping, but all that hard work has paid off!

I hope I don’t jinx it… I’ve waited almost a week before blogging about it just to make sure… I think it’s safe to say…

WE FINALLY GOT BREASTFEEDING TO WORK!

It’s been over four weeks (and Baby Girl is only 5 weeks old) of meeting with the lactation consultant, pumping, finger feeding, crying, weighing, more crying, and a lot more pumping, but all that hard work has paid off!

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8 Things That Helped Me Survive My First Month as a New Mom (Tips from a New Mom- One Month In Part 2)

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One month into this role as a new mom, I’ve learned a few things. Aside from the practical, advice-type tips (like the ones found HERE), I’ve found that there are certain items that I would advise investing in as a new parent. That’s what we’re going to chat about in today’s post.

Wondering what you’re going to need to survive your first month with a newborn? Well, I can’t tell you EVERYTHING you’ll need because that’s a whole lot… I can tell you what things have made my life easier, though.

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Passing on Paci

I’ve waited four weeks for this. The day we finally decided to introduce our baby girl to a pacifier. On those days she seemed inconsolable, I would just think to myself, “not much longer… she’ll get a paci soon.” Well, the day is finally here.

And she doesn’t like it.

Why did we wait so long to give her a paci? That’s just want I want to talk about today. Here are my reasons for waiting a month to give my baby a pacifier. And my reasons for wanting her to take one now (aside from the obvious).

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12 Tips From a First Time Mom: One Month In

My baby is a month old today! I can’t believe it! What’s funny is that for all the sleepless nights and stress, it really has flown by. Now that I have the first month of motherhood securely under my belt, I can look back and determine what I should have done differently, what I should have done sooner, and what I should have done period.

For all you first time mommies out there, here are the tips I have to pass on after one month of mothering my little one.

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