Baby Advice - Don't Do What I Did!

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Few things disturbed me more in my pre-parenting life than the “I’ve Been There, You Haven’t Done That” crowd.

They’re the type that are loaded with parenting tips and advice, generally all the things they did to perfection to shape their wunder-kid into a, well, wunder-kid. They’re also the types who will say your life has had virtually no value before you brought a child into the world, and who swear you have no understanding for what tired, what love, and what hard work mean before you add parent to your list of titles.

So, with that in mind, today I won’t offer a list of To Dos when it comes to being a parent of a baby/toddler.

Instead, today’s advice is…don’t do what I did! Because contrary to what parenting veterans might tell you, we’ve done a lot wrong along the way.

So, with that in mind, don’t do these things that I did!

1. Don’t introduce your child to the Grocery Store Car Carts. They seem like a useful tool to help keep your child entertained while grocery shopping. But they’re loaded with drawbacks. First of all, in crowded aisles, they’re like trying to navigate an 18-wheeler through downtown Chicago. What’s more embarrassing than having to make a three-point turn in a grocery aisle? Secondly, they’re loaded with escape hatches for your child, who is more than capable of climbing out the driver’s door, the passenger’s door and even the front windshield. Finally, they provide a perfect opportunity for your child to grab ahold of anything and everything if you veer too close to the shelves.

2. Don’t Be Too Quick to Retire the Onesies. I’m a big proponent of the onesie. Sure, it’s a bit more work than a traditional t-shirt, but for a baby, it can provide a critical last line of defense to diaper breach. I still consider my ultimate embarrassing moment to have been such an instance. I was out to dinner with my son, and he had a complete boil over. A onesie would have at least kept it contained, but this fashion decision proved to be a great faux pas.

3. Don’t Take Your Baby to Crowded/Loud Places. I made the mistake of thinking our five-month old could handle a major league baseball game. Wrong. It wasn’t the getting there that proved to be an issue, but instead the being there. I’d grown accustomed to the sights and sounds of these types of events, but our son certainly hadn’t. With an inability to understand what was going on, all he knew was that every once in a while everyone around him would be up and screaming at the top of his lungs. He followed suit, but added crying and wailing to the screaming. Needless to say, we watched the rest of that game from home.
 
 

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