*This post is sponsored by Pampers and Babies “R” Us. I received free promotional items in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.
As a mother of four, I am well-versed in the art of diapering. I have changed a diaper every single day for the last eight years. We are nearing the “finish line” of diapering, and I’ve learned just how important it is to find a reliable diaper. Pampers Swaddlers are the #1 choice among hospitals, and is the softest diaper Pampers makes. (We love them!)
I wish I had known from the start just how important it is to choose a QUALITY diaper. Now that I’ve been around the block a time or two (or four!), I’ve learned a few things. Here are a handful of tips I wish I’d known when I started my journey as a mother.
With our first child, I was a bit neurotic. I kept charts of minutes slept, minutes spent playing, feeding times, amount eaten, etc. I had pages and pages of notes and felt the need to document every waking minute of my child’s life. It was crazy – and knowing how long she was sleeping at night vs. during the day didn’t change anything.
Fast forward to my fourth child – where I realized it was fine to let her sleep when she was tired, and eat when she was hungry – not spending all of my energy trying to document her schedule. Lightening up and working with her natural schedule was SO much easier – and you know what? Both girls started sleeping through the night about the same time.
Do your best to stay relaxed. I found that having a more laid-back approach to parenting my newborn was more enjoyable for everyone, and gave me more energy to focus on caring for and enjoying my little one. They were a lot more fun than neurotic note-taking.
2. A Family That Eats Together…
Our first child ate purees, yogurts, and “kid” food until she was 2 years old. My husband was working full time and going to school full time, so I almost always made her a separate dinner – and usually defaulted to those classic “kid” foods. Towards this end, it was SO hard to get her to begin to eat a wider range of foods – especially healthier options. We finally got there, but it took A LOT of work!
With our fourth child, I had learned my lesson! Harper began eating what we were eating as soon as she showed an interest in solid food. Whenever I could, I made what we were eating for dinner available to her. Now, she is a two year old who LOVES any and all veggies, and readily eats anything I put in front of her.
3. Quality Counts
I am a girl who loves bargains. Just about any store I enter, I immediately start scanning for the clearance racks, or hunting for those little discount stickers. With our first baby, naturally, I wanted to save money. We bought several “off” brand diapers – and paid the price! I won’t go into detail about the “poosplosions” we encountered – but needless to say, we found that our child’s clothes stayed cleaner AND they slept through the night better with a quality diaper.
Speaking of quality diapers…
Pampers Swaddlers are available up to size 5 at Babies “R” Us, and their knowledgeable experts can help you choose the perfect fit for your little one. Here are a few features of Pampers Swaddlers:
· With up to 12 hours of overnight protection, Swaddlers help you make your baby as comfortable as possible
· Swaddlers color-changing wetness indicator makes it easy for you to tell when your baby might be ready for a change
· Swaddlers give your baby comfort and protection they’ll love for even longer
· Swaddlers Super Economy Pack and Economy Plus Pack are now available (online only)
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I wish I would had known how expensive kids were gonna be. I should had been saving for years!
Breastfeeding takes a lot of time and dedication but definitely worth it
I wish I would have known how little sleep I was going to get!
The expenses of rearing a child!
I will never have children, this would be awesome to win for a great friend. Thanks for the chance to win!
i wish i wouldve known about babies being sick!! sometimes i have no idea what to do lol
How loud and noisy they are!
I wish I knew how little sleep I would get for the next 18 years!!!
I don’t have earthly children yet. I wish I would have known how prevalent miscarriage is…. 🙁
I am so sorry Caroline. Thinking of you today, and remembering your angel babies along with my own.
How much energy they would have… all the time!
I wish I had known , as others have said how sleep deprived I would be in the first year!
They will develop their own sense of style. Now matter how preppy I was determined to dress my son, he now insists on wearing tshirts and black basketball shorts every where he goes. Thank you
how much diapers would cost me per year
I wish I had know just how much I would fall in love with them. If I had I would have had them sooner!
I wish I would have known how that you lose lots of friends after having a baby.
That it’s okay to ask for help!