Recently, we had an awesome discussion on our Facebook page about the best parenting advice we ever got. Which led to some insightful, honest, and often hilarious contributions from our own community.
Here, a wonderful range of parenting advice from our very own readers. And hey, don’t be shy on jumping in on Cool Mom Picks Facebook discussions; you never know who you might be helping.
1. When people ask if your child sleeps through the night, just lie and say yes. It helps you avoid all that sleep advice. -Nancy
2. It’s okay to mourn your old life and think, “Dear God what have we done!” -Lindsey
3. Ask for help. Accept help when offered. -Mom the Pirate
4. Supermom doesn’t exist -Ducks in a Row
5. Ask yourself whether what you are upset about will be important in five years or even in five minutes. -Nancy
6. You’re not a bad mom if you don’t love every single stage of child-rearing. -Susan
7. Don’t try to accomplish too much in any given day. Aim for one thing: grocery shopping, unloading the dishwasher, a walk around the block. But not all three. -Mommy Gearest
8. Read your baby, not your baby book. You are enough. -Leah
9. You’ll never look back and wish you held your baby less. -Christine
10. It’s perfectly okay to abandon a shopping cart full of groceries if your baby gets fussy. -Rachel S
11. Buy a pair of nice cotton pajamas and wear them for two weeks after birth to remind your family that you’re still recovering. (And to remind your husband that you’re not back to your bouncy self!) -Sarah
12. Don’t compare your chaotic, sleepless life to other “edited” versions. -Rhiannon
13. Just when you think you’ve reached the best milestone with your baby, it keeps getting better. -Sheila
14. Beware of everyone who wants to tell you the right way to do things: breast feeding, foods, sleeping arrangements. They all want to sell you something. -Tess
15. It’s okay to cry. And it’s okay to be tired. Take a moment, recharge, and bury your face in your baby’s neck. Breathe him in and stop for a moment, counting to ten. And then suddenly, it’s all okay again. Repeat as necessary. – Mahta
16. Airline attendants tell the adult passengers to put their own oxygen masks on before helping small children. It’s okay to let a baby cry for two minutes if you need to pee or to make a sandwich. -Karen
17. You’re a good mom if you’re doing your best. Don’t let anyone tell you you’re not. – Sheila
18. If you breast feed, bite on a leather belt before you chip a tooth from the initial pain. -Tess
19. Walk. With the baby. Even it’s just to the corner. The fresh air will do you both good. -Pea to Pumpkin
20. The days are long but the years are short. -Rachel
21. This too shall pass. -Bree
Do you agree with these suggestions? What was your favorite parenting advice you ever got as a new parent?