I was in the office when we were filming the video for the Everywear baby carrier and couldn't help but walk down memory lane to when my daughter was just born and I was in the shock and awe period of becoming a new mom. Everything seemed daunting -- from feeding to getting her to sleep for more than 29 minutes (her standard length of uninterrupted sleep until she was four months old).
I heard a lot of advice from fellow moms, friends, online message boards, my mom, my mom in-law.... if you've been a new mom you know it just comes pouring in. And while I listened to some of it (get outside every day if possible because it will be good for your baby and your sanity), I ignored a lot of it as well. I'm pretty sure I did this not because I'm stubborn (OK, I am stubborn, but that's a separate topic) but because I was completely overwhelmed.
There are two pieces of advice I wish I'd listened to better and they are the same bits of advice I now share with friends who are about to have kids for the first time. The first is: "And this will pass." Eventually, your baby will start sleeping or eating or not crying, you will once again feel more like a human being and be able to take a shower for longer than a few seconds. My daughter is now almost five (wow) and I can still remember losing my mind over the fact that she was not eating anything besides Cheerios when she was one; she's now in the 80th percentile for height and weight and eats just fine.
The second is: "Do whatever works for you and your baby." When my daughter was just a few weeks old she cried non-stop and the only way to calm her down was to put her in the baby carrier we had a the time or in the bouncy chair, and rock her, continuously. We'd do this but I remember constantly worrying about whether we're getting her addicted to being calmed down this way. I am smiling now as I write this because this was just so silly -- with young babies you do whatever works to help you stay sane and to help your baby sleep.
What's your favorite bit of new mom advice?