No one is perfect, and no mom is perfect. Whether you’ve successfully raised a handful of kids, or you’re new to the game all together, there’s no denying that you’ve made some mistakes along the way. Obviously, no one expects a mother’s parenting record to go without a few blemishes, but if you learn and grow from each mistake you make, then it’s perfectly fine to have made them in the first place. There are some mistakes that are bigger than others, but even the little ones are worth noting if they can help you refine your parenting skills.
Sure, everyone makes mistakes, but today we’ll honing in on those minor mommy mistakes that rookie moms make. Whether you’e a new or tenured mommy, we can’t stress enough that there’s no shame in having made any of these mistakes. This is just a way to reflect on the mishaps and miscalls that brand new moms often make.
Let’s take a look at some of the most common mistakes rookie moms make:
1. Giving your baby a loud toy
This blunder can result in new moms getting even less sleep then they already were! It’s honestly not necessary to inundate your baby with a ton of toys to begin with, so gifting them with something loud and obnoxious just seems like a big red flag. It may be cute in theory, but rookies are better off handing their baby some stuffed animals, plush dolls, or literally anything that doesn’t light up and make boisterous noises.
2. Expensive baby clothing
Every experienced mother is capable of warning rookie moms about the mistake of buying expensive clothes for their baby. I think the reason is quite clear–they’ll grow out of that overpriced onesie so fast that your head’ll spin! It’s okay to splurge a little bit here or there, especially if you think it’s a must, but the better strategy is to remain frugal. Not to mention that you’ll be receiving countless clothing options as gifts at your baby shower! So why fork out the big bucks for each outfit? Unless you can guarantee that you’ll use fancy clothes as hand me downs in the future, there’s no real reason to spend.
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3. Not making the most of photo opportunities
You may not realize it now, but time is seemingly flying by. Soon enough, you’ll want to look back at the unique and special time you spent with your child when they were in the baby stage. If you aren’t making the most of photo opportunities with your baby, two words: BIG MISTAKE! They’re only a baby once, after all. Also, you should be actively trying to be in each and every picture with your baby in order to reminisce on the bond you shared when looking back on the pictures in the future.
4. Over-packing the diaper bag
It’s perfectly okay to be well prepared for anything life throws your way, but there are limits. Veteran moms could probably pack a diaper bag with everything they’ll need and have room (and weight) to spare. Rookie moms…not so much. Often rookies over-pack because they play out every possibility in their head. As a result, they’ll have to tote a diaper bag that would be better off carried by a forklift. Keep it simple, while also being realistic when packing.
5. Skipping your morning coffee/tea
Once you gain back the option to consume caffeine, there really shouldn’t be a reason to skip out on a chance to harness your full mommy potential. Most efficient people are at their best when they consume a healthy, recommended amount of coffee or tea in the morning. It’s a great way to handle the most daunting tasks early on in the day. Don’t make the mistake of being tired and cranky all day, and drink up, rookies!
6. Not giving yourself proper me-time
New moms often make the mistake of not giving themselves a break every now and then. Yes. You’re a mom now and that’s a lifelong commitment. That doesn’t mean that you’re going to have to sacrifice your personal time. Moms, especially new moms, need a break from it all. Whether it’s a day nap, a nice long soak int he tub, or some reading time…don’t make a rookie mistake and sell yourself short of me-time. It’s an essential for keeping yourself well composed and efficient as a mom.
This article was based on a post shared by Mom.Me
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