I was once a New Mom. As a New Mom, I worried about everything. Little things were big things and big things were even bigger things. I worried if my baby slept too much, was awake too long, wasn't eating enough, ate too much, was too hot, too cold, too happy and not happy enough. When I tell you I worried about everything, I'm not exaggerating in the slightest. As a New Mom, it's okay to worry but I want to take a minute and share a few secrets I've learned in the last thirty months to, at best, alleviate just one or two of those worries and reassure you, New Mom, that it's absolutely normal to worry so much with your first because when your second comes along? Some might think you don't worry enough.
Mom Secret Number One:
You're not going to break the baby. I know it may seem that way what with their fragile little arms, wobbly necks and teeny tiny chicken legs. Even bringing home my 9 pound 10 ounce firstborn, I was sure that while trying to get him dressed for the 43rd time that day, I was going to break him. Babies are much sturdier than you think. I promise you aren't going to break them. Just think about how those nurses back in the hospital man-handled them during physical exams, baths and diaper changes. Don't drop them though. Babies do not bounce.
Mom Secret Number Two:
Everyone is going to tell you to sleep when the baby sleeps. This sounds really nice in theory but when the baby sleeps you're going to want to shower. Pick up around the house. Maybe change your clothes. These are all very important tasks, no doubt, but be sure to rest. Those first few weeks of newborn-dom exhaustion are like no other. I can still recall nights where my husband was nearly delirious from lack of sleep, waking up in the middle of the night frantically searching the bed for the baby, afraid that he had smothered him, when the baby had been sleeping in the bassinet at our bedside all night long. Accept help and don't be afraid to delegate tasks around the house when family and friends offer. Does your dishwasher need unloading? Assign it to a willing visitor and curl up on the couch for thirty minutes.
Mom Secret Number Three:
I am a mom to two little boys. Very early on I learned that their boy parts can be rather sneaky when it comes to diapering. It's those sneaky parts that are the culprits of many-a-soaked pair of pajamas and what's worse, soaked crib sheets. One of the greatest secrets I learned as a New Mom is that once they're a bit past their newborn days (we're talking 10-12 weeks old) diapering them in a brand-specific "overnite" diaper in one size larger is not only a sanity saver but also a jammie and crib sheet saver. No more fussy wet babies waking in the middle of the night to endure the one-eyed, half-awake crib sheet change which is undoubtedly one of the trickiest parts of having a baby.
Speaking of diapers and those precious little baby bottoms, from this experienced mom of two, I'm all about preventing diaper rash before it even has a chance to sneak up on those precious tiny heinies. One of my favorite tried and true products to use for this is Boudreaux's Butt Paste. I received our very tube of All Natural Boudreaux's Butt Paste in a gift basket of "must-haves" before I had my first baby. It's been more than two years since that day and I've been smitten ever since.
With a trio of different remedies, All Natural, Original and Maximum Strength, Boudreaux's Butt Paste helps to not only prevent but also treat at the slightest hint of pink. I especially like its light scent and thick-but-not-too-thick-that-you-can't-wipe-if-off-when-you-need-to consistency.
Already plagued with a pink heinie? Boudreaux's Butt Paste to the rescue. Diaper rash is a normal part of babyhood and with frequent dirty diapers, not to mention rubbing and chafing, it's easy for those tiny tushies to suffer. Boudreaux's Butt Paste understands this and has been helping moms battle the rash since the 70's, not only providing baby with comfort but also Mom with some peace of mind.
Take a peek at this video to see the "butt soothing powers" that Boudreaux's Butt Paste has against its evil arch nemesis "Rashadon."
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