What advice would you give to a first-time mom?

If you could give just one piece helpful and positive advice to a first-time mom what would it be?

My advice is to trust your instincts, you know more than you think you do.

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4Katie
    07/16/14
    This too shall pass...all those phases you don't think you will make it through will pass.
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      07/16/14
      4Tiffany Marcyes
      Don't let other people tell you how to do EVERYTHING. It's good to get advice, but some people can be too overbearing. At the end of the day your gut is your best bet.
      6
      07/16/14
      so true
      1
        07/16/14
        The housework will wait. But just because it will wait doesnt mean your baby needs entertained, they can be taught to play with toys while you are busy. Playing by themselves is a good thing for them to learn.
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        07/16/14
        4Katie
        I need to tell myself this one more!
        1
          07/16/14
          I would say you will have daily ups and downs in terms of learning, behavior, eating, health etc. and that's normal. It is abnormal for things to go perfectly!
          4
            07/16/14
            patients and dont expect to be perfect.
            6
              07/16/14
              Treasure everyday, just relax, try to breastfeed as long as you can and make your own baby food - it's easy and you'll save a ton of money.
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              07/16/14
              4Katie
              Great advice
              1
                07/16/14
                take it day by day ....don't worry what tomorrow holds.........when going out with your baby try to go at least an hour before your schedule appointment with the pediatrician because when ur driving and ur child starts crying find a gas station or a public place to stop make sure its safe and calm ur baby by holding him ...he could be hungry or needs a new diaper or they just want to be hold on to ........once ur little one calls down continue driving.....don't drive with a crying baby it will stress you out......if you can find a friend to accompany you please do ask for help when needed it will pass on a couple of months you can get to your destination in time.....I know because it happened to me....be patient it's a whole new world for your baby remember he was 9months inside you feeling cozy and SAFE...now he's afraid of this bi great world its like a jungle for him or her
                4
                07/16/14
                big great world***
                0
                  07/16/14
                  if ur baby turns 6 months and you have feed him....diape changed him.....burped him and u ran out of options and you don't know what's wrong with him check his mouth New teeth might be the problem...he's teething but oragel it works it nums the area apply a small amount of it on ur baby's gums only
                  2
                    07/17/14
                    Great advice ladies, I needed to hear that. It has been a learning experience for me through out the pregnancy and it will be a much greater experience when the baby is here. Its good to hear from people who have gone through it already.
                    4
                      07/17/14
                      My advice is have keep a eye on them all the time
                      2
                      07/17/14
                      so true claire you can't leave them alone one bit
                      1
                        07/17/14
                        also check ur baby's bottles before u feed them make sure there are no spiders or mosquito inside cuz it happened to me today we found a live spider inside th bottle cap scary
                        1
                          07/18/14
                          just be patient with ur significant other they might help u in the first months but expect them to give u excuses later ......seek help from a friend or a love one
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                            07/18/14
                            I am a FTM too so no advice here i am learning as well hun sorry :)
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                              07/18/14
                              Take breaks now and then. You don't have to do everything by yourself. Find a babysitter, find a relative, take a girls night and let Daddy watch the baby. Whatever you have to do to get a little You Time, do it. Don't forget that you're a person, too. If you're feeling stressed out, take a step back. Go into the other room. Breathe.
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                                07/30/14
                                Amanda Hurley
                                Don't let meddling strangers run your life. Or family for that matter. So many people will tell you that you are doing things wrong. You are the parent, not them.
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                                  10/17/14
                                  Thanks for the advice ladies just made me feel a little more relaxed for being a firat time mommy. I'm scared but super excited at the same time
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                                    03/04/15
                                    4Tiffani
                                    Enjoy every moment cause they grow up so fast!!
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                                      03/14/15
                                      Don't let people who have gone through it make you feel like you are wrong in any way. Remember it is YOUR CHILD and so what if someone doesn't agree with how you do things, especially if they have been a mother already. As a mother you know what is best for your child. It's a big change and there will be times when you feel like your head will explode, but just a little smile or laugh from your little one will make better. I'm a FTM too my little one is 1 and stepdaughter is 4, but this is a big thing I have gone through since raising a child that I didn't birth and my own son.
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