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Motherhood 3 weeks ago

Things All New Moms Should Know

As I’m starting to prepare for the arrival of baby number two (which is creeping up fast!), I’m starting to remember things that I totally forgot about when getting ready for a newborn.

I started to write down a list of thing I needed and it really hit me how many things change, and how many things about being a mom that I had no idea about until I experienced them myself.

Some things might be obvious, others not so much. So I teamed up with Dreft to share some things all new moms should know! Hopefully, these tips will help you if you’re expecting, or if you know someone who’s about to be a new mom.

You’ll Still Look and Feel Pregnant For A While

I’d say for about the next three months. I always assumed, thanks to social media, that I would immediately fit back into my skinny jeans and be able to hop right back into the gym but boy was I mistaken.

For the most part, I still wore my maternity clothes for the first month after I gave birth. I wasn’t able to fit back into my old jeans until 3 months after I had CloClo! It’s a slow process, but you have to be patient. Give your body time to heal and don’t forget to be kind to yourself.

Sleep When the Baby Sleeps

My mom gave me this advice after Chloe was born and it’s probably the best mom advice I’ve ever received! Especially during the first three months, you need to take every opportunity to sleep because you probably won’t be sleeping too much through the night. I know, it might be tempting to work or clean, or do other things while the baby is down, but trust me you need those zzz’s!

I really feel like the reason I was able to get through the first few months was because I actually slept so much!

 

Don’t Forget the Little Things

There are so many little things you need with a newborn that you would never even dream of or think of before! Besides the obvious necessities like diapers and wipes- you need to make sure you have things like a bottle sanitizer, nipple cream, and even baby laundry detergent!

When I first had Chloe, I thought that I could just throw in her clothes with all of mine, but it’s important to find something that’s safe for your baby. I was so happy to be introduced to Dreft!

It’s a hypoallergenic laundry detergent created especially for washing baby clothes and it smells so good (like a newborn baby). Even Chloe loves it! It’s been formulated to resemble the smell of babyhood, and I know all you mamas out there know exactly what I’m talking about! Not only does it smell SO good, but Dreft’s iconic scent has been proven to help parents feel more bonding and connected with their little ones. A recent Dreft survey found that 8 out of 10 parents feel that using Dreft can make them feel more bonded with their baby.

While I’m usually not the biggest fan when it comes to scented products for kids, Dreft totally changed my mind. It’s super gentle and get this- it’s actually the #1 pediatrician-recommended baby detergent. It’s created especially for your little ones’ clothes so it keeps everything soft and cozy.

Scent is such a strong and familiar thing, so I love that I can have these amazing bonding moments with Chloe as she helps me sort laundry (oddly enough, it’s now one of her favorite things to do) before her little sister is born.

This might sound weird but I always bring a piece of CloClo’s clothing with me when I travel. The babyhood scent reminds me of her and keeps my memory fresh of what we did last together. This really helps me when I’m missing her when I travel. And it’s not just me who thinks that. The same survey found that when they are apart, 87% of parents agree that the Dreft scent helps them feel more connected and close to their little one.

You Might Not Bond With Your Baby Right Away

And that’s okay.

Due to social media and so much motherhood content, you’ll probably see endless amounts of mommies and their newborns thinking that it’s going to instantly be happily ever after but to be honest, a lot of women, including myself when I had Chloe, don’t immediately bond with their newborns until weeks or even months after giving birth.

Between dealing with recovery, the frustration of breastfeeding and so many other factors- bonding doesn’t always come naturally and that’s okay.

Not that many people talk about it, but you shouldn’t feel like you’re doing something wrong! As you become more confident, your love and your bond will grow.

post sponsored by Dreft

 

Having a newborn is an amazing, crazy, stressful, beautiful, life-changing experience. The more I think about it, the more excited I get to meet my new baby girl. Do any of my mamas out there have any tips they’d like to share? Leave a comment down below!!

P.S. Purchase Dreft on Amazon.com now and save $2 on your first subscribe & save order!

Photography by Karla Ticas | Hair & Makeup by Leibi Carias | Location: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel Cabana Room

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