What I’ve Learned in 5 Months


In a somewhat spin-off of CT Working Moms – “What I’ve Learned in my 28 Years,” I thought I would come up with a list of my top 5 lessons in motherhood to date.

1. Under 3 months of age – go with her cues as to when she wants to eat and when she needs to sleep.

2. After 3 months if you feel she needs a nap (i.e. rubbing eyes or yawning), put her down. Let her cry it out for 5, then 10, then 15 minutes while going in occasionally to hold her for a minute and then placing her back down. I know this is hard, but she is fighting for your company – not because she is hurt or in pain.

3. Schedule, schedule, schedule. This doesn’t mean that at 3 weeks she needs to eat or sleep at the same time, but a consistent routine/schedule is very important. I followed my friend Becky’s advice by doing – bottle, book, play, bed. It definitely helped.

4. Don’t be afraid to take her places in public. Who cares if she cries and people get frustrated? That’s life.

5. Share responsibilities with your spouse or significant other. Don’t do it all yourself as you can’t do it all and need help. It’s ok!

What tips do you have for moms? For moms with babies under 1 year, please list a tip for each month they are. If over 1, please list a tip for each year as well as something you would have done differently in that time. For example, you learned that swaddling helped your baby sleep better, but you realize that giving a bottle whenever they cried at night only got them dependent on falling asleep with a bottle rather than self-soothing.

Let’s share some tips!

2 comments on “What I’ve Learned in 5 Months”

  1. My baby, Kate will be 7 months soon. Here are a few of my tips:

    It is okay to have a glass of wine and breast feed. Many of us are from the generation where our mom’s drank and smoked thru pregnancy and we lived. In Europe no one would question if you had wine or ate in pasteurized cheese. Live a little.

    I admit to a type a personality. If your spouse does things differently than you it is okay. No matter how many times you tell them not to discard the dirty diaper till they have a fresh one under the bum – they will do it till they get pooped on. Sometimes it is better that they get pooped on and learn the lesson. Even better if they get pooped on when u not there to clean up!

    Instill quiet ( or nap time) every day at the same time. You need it and so does your kid.

    I got sick of trying to reach in the tub to bathe Kate. Plus she screamed bloody murder. Now we take a bath together almost every night and it is our routine. We love it.

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