This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Luvs at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.
Before you’re a mom, you have it all planned out. You know exactly how you will or won’t raise your unborn kids. You’re very decided on the matter.
And then you have them. And everything changes. Suddenly you have a small child (or more than one) depending on you for their every need. Schedules replace spontaneity; feeding replaces free time; cartoons replace box office hits; baby advice books replace the latest bestseller.
You’re in a new stage, Mama, one unlike anything else, and one that can feel overwhelming. You are not alone! I know you probably get so much advice that is hard to sort through it all. But here are some things I feel you can’t go through the first stages of motherhood without knowing. Here’s my top advice to new moms, from a veteran (of four whole years).
1. You are stronger and more capable than you think.
This is what I tell all new moms, because when you’re in the thick of it, it seems impossible. Eating and sleeping schedules, keeping up with growth and development milestones, bonding, watching out for germs and illness. Sometimes you wonder if you’ll even survive the sleep-deprived night.
I’ll tell you what – as a mom, I’ve been through more difficult things than I expected. And I’m still here to tell the story. You can do this. You are the best one to be your baby’s mom, and they complement you. Trust your instincts and remind yourself that this craziness too shall pass.
2. Don’t believe the hype that higher price = better.
Surprisingly enough, babies grow out of the most expensive baby swings quickly. The same muslin swaddles can be found for less. And those “premium” diapers? They don’t always work out to be better than the affordable staple.
For years, I bought the premium, more expensive brand, thinking that was the best option for my little. It was only within the past few months that we switched to Luv. And oh my gosh – I wish we’d been using them the whole time. They’re dependable and leak-proof, plus they’re so much less expensive. Luvs absorb just as well as their more expensive counterparts. And no rashes to be seen, although every baby is different. If it doesn’t work, guess what? Money-back guarantee. Plus they’re available for an everyday low price at Walmart – and this Sunday 8/26, there will be a P&G brandSAVER insert in the paper with a coupon for $2 off two bags or one box of Luvs diapers!
3. Save your diaper boxes and use them for storage.
Don’t toss them in the recycling bin! We use diaper boxes to store clothes and toys from every stage. They also make great “toys” themselves, with a little imagination, or spaces for coloring.
4. Don’t wear yourself out trying to be Super Mom.
You already are, just by caring. Let the laundry sit, sleep past your alarm (unless it’s your hungry baby), don’t rush to get back to your pre-baby weight, take advantage of opportunities to self-care. You don’t have to be together, your house doesn’t have to be spotless; relax and recover. This stage is hard. Give it credit and yourself a lot of grace.
5. Your kids will embarrass you at some point or other.
They will have moments of screaming at the store, poop-tastrophes, saying the last thing you want them to. The best thing you can do is laugh, and remember the moment. Also someday it will make excellent blackmail or rehearsal dinner stories. (Well played, Mama.)
6. Get used to doing things with one hand.
There’s a saying – “full hands, full heart.” Your hands are often full, Mama. Enjoy and embrace it as best you can. And also find a good swing or figure out how to wear your baby, if you want to get anything done.
7. Almost anything can be cleaned.
Don’t stress about the mess. There will be many, and they come in all kinds of forms. But you can always wash the shirt or the hands. Baby wipes clear off all kinds of stuff on the go.
I’m so glad to be able to partner with Luvs at Walmart for this post. Looking to save even more cash? (You’re a mom, so I’m sure you are.) Look in this Sunday’s brandSAVER for a coupon for $2 off two bags or one box of Luvs diapers at Walmart. Shop for them online here and stock up on all your baby’s needs!