Hindsight is a beautiful thing. I’ve either learned of or now think differently about the following having had a baby:
1) The importance of turning a baby’s head in different directions when sleeping (due to sleeping on their back). Not once did this come up prior to having our baby. She really favoured turning her head to the one side (all of the time!) and not knowing any better, we let her for the first 5 weeks. Then I came across material that says you need to take turns on which side the head is laying to prevent flat spots. It’s important that they sleep on their back with their head turned to the left one time, the right the next, and also middle/flat. I wish I could go back in time and have done this from day one.
2) Baby handling. How to best hold/carry and pick up a newborn or infant (both for your baby and your back!). I love this video (the last bit is on breastfeeding positions) and wish I had have watched it PRIOR to bringing our baby home: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fvi3jv6uzC0
3) Since we didn’t know what we were having, I had lots of gender neutral sleepers and onesies on-hand. Then when we brought baby home and I realized that we didn’t have pants to go with the onesies! ha. Also, I had many people tell me not to waste my money on newborn clothing and instead buy 0-3 months (reasoning being that they don’t wear newborn for very long). Well, 0-3 months were swimming on her. She needed newborn size for the first month. I’d say buy at least a few newborn sized clothing and don’t wash them all until your baby is home.
4) A friend told me to not assume that I’ll like one diaper brand over another until I’ve tried them on my baby. Since sooo many friends said that they liked Pampers best, I registered for Pampers. While in the hospital, they had her wear Huggies newborn diapers. Guess what. Huggies were a better fit for her! Go figure.
5) While pregnant, I made a lot of meals and froze them so that we didn’t have to think about dinner in those early weeks. These have been awesome and I highly recommend doing this (you won’t regret it!). What I wish I had have thought of is breakfast and lunch. I missed eating either breakfast or lunch in those early days because I didn’t have time to make something. Next time, I’d make in advance things that are easy to grab and nutritious. Some homemade muffins would have been very helpful in those early days (better than grabbing a handful of chips!).
There you have it. 5 things I’d do differently next time (if there is a next time). I’d love to hear from you!