A Guide for New Parents by New Parents . . . a work in progress Vol. 1

As we set out on the adventure of parenting, we realize that there are many things we wish we’d known before. This first installment includes a few tidbits to keep in mind as you care for your new baby.

1. When your baby is small, and the diaper slightly big, ALWAYS ALWAYS ALWAYS do up the onesie. Forgetting to do this may result in the diaper sliding down, causing a mess on the blanket, and/or Daddy’s lap.

2. When trying out a “vented” bottle, never try to change out the nipple for a different flow while it is still full of milk. The instructions do not warn against this, but our couch, floor, pathway to the kitchen, and (of course) Daddy’s lap will testify that in the absence of said vent, the milk will make a speedy exit. When combined with the discovery of #1, this can be disastrous.

3. Squirts of varying natures. Just be grateful that they happen after you apply the diaper rash cream.

4. It is not unusual to go through 3 diapers in 1 minute. See #3.

5. You may think you have too many blankets and/or onesies or both. You don’t. Especially when only a few onesies can actually hold up the diaper (see #1). Oh, and you can never have too many burp cloths either. The end.

Stay tuned for our next installment of A Guide for New Parents by New Parents.

2 thoughts on “A Guide for New Parents by New Parents . . . a work in progress Vol. 1”

  1. This advice is priceless. I love it. Don’t feel bad Nate, although I change the vast majority of the diapers – Ryan always gets to wear the explosions.

    I wish I would have told you that onesies are priceless for newborns (no matter what time of year they are born or what size the baby is). I also have gone through 2-3 diapers in a matter of a few minutes, thankfully that doesn’t happen too often.

    I’m looking forward to installment #2 of your parenting guide.

  2. Too funny . . . the things you’d always hear and/or see happen to other people and think “that will NEVER happen to me.” Just think about all the valuable experiences you are having and lessons you are learning now that will prepare you for future children!! Oh yeah, and remember “there are many ways to say I love you” – Jenna’s just showing her love for you the only ways she knows how right now.

    Finally, in response to #5, I think you should invent the diaper suspenders!!

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