Libby Jane wrote:Get cloth diapers ready, learn about elimination communication if you're interested. Seriously reduced the volume of diapers we used and made potty training easier.
elle sagenev wrote:Just drop all of your preconceived ideas of how this will go and give yourself mondo amounts of grace.
I was famous for saying, I will never, or I will. Guess what, kids have a way of making it so you eat those statements.
Kerry Rodgers wrote:Learn about baby wearing. We got one of the mass-market baby carriers as a gift. It wasn't horrible, but... My wife eventually found that several of the "hippy" alternatives work much better, and baby-wearing was an absolute lifesaver. I've no idea what technology the current generation is using on this front, but the benefits of learning to do it well are enormous. Baby is happier, more comfortable, more attached. Parents' backs are saved (at least enough to continue the parenting), and can actually get other things done (for the baby!) with a hand or two free. We had a hard time learning which one worked for us and how to use them, because we didn't start until the need was already great. Practicing a little before-hand and asking other parents about it seems like it would've been a good idea.
Nicole Alderman wrote:I found it helpful to think of all the songs before hand, so I didn't get tired of singing the same song...