Rookie parenting mistakes is what shapes the best of parents out there. You can’t become brilliant without learning from some honest, funny, and cringeworthy mishaps along the way. Here are some valuable lessons about parenting we all have to learn.
Best rookie parenting mistakes to make
Tiptoeing around the house when your baby naps
If you’re looking for a surefire way to ensure your baby wakes up at the slightest noise, this is it. It’s much better to let your baby get used to the sounds that get made in the house during the day. This includes the vacuum, radio, and the rest of the family living their lives.
Rocking the baby to sleep
Once your baby gets used to this, she’ll need it to fall asleep every time. You’ll also face the added challenge of putting your sleeping baby down without her waking up. It’s best to put your baby down before he or she is totally asleep, so they learn to put themselves to sleep. Rocking and snuggling do have their place in the parenting journey, so don’t eliminate it altogether.
Expecting life to “go back to normal” after having a baby
A lot of expectant parents think they won’t change their lives just because they’re having a baby. Ha. Ha. Ha. Ha. A baby doesn’t fit in with your life. You adapt to your baby. End of story. There’s a new normal in town, and for 99% of us, it doesn’t include travelling the world and leading lavish lifestyles.
Not picking up on the cues of over-stimulation
It’s super common for parents to make these rookie parenting mistakes. We’re all desperately trying to cheer up our babies at times. But when your baby’s sensory system is overloaded, he needs to be removed from the stimulating environment ASAP. Unless you want to live in a nightmare for the remainder of the day.
Buying stupid amounts of baby clothes
Babies grow, and they do it at lightning speed. The clothes they’re wearing at fur months won’t be suitable at eight, so there is NO reason to invest in a complete wardrobe full of clothes they’ll outgrow soon. Nike high-tops and skinny jeans are NOT the ideal combinations for a baby with zero muscle tone. And you’ll feel so stupid when you see your kiddo living in stained onesies for the first 12 months anyway.