I have a 28 month old and a 4 month old. When I was pregnant with Piglet, I thought about all the things having a baby would mean. I read books. I searched blogs. It was an exhaustive search. Now that I have Blueberry, I realize I did a lot of things that I probably didn’t need to do. Here’s some major differences I’ve noticed between baby 1 and baby 2; hopefully this will help you with your first baby so you know what not to worry so much about.
Clothes: Piglet wore a new outfit every day. A new outfit every night. A smidgen of spit up? New outfit! A bit of drool? New outfit! I did laundry every other day. With Blueberry? She wears an outfit a day, unless it’s a giant spit up or drool, it doesn’t get changed. What’s the big deal? She doesn’t care that there’s a little mess on her shirt. Piglet probably didn’t care either. I cared so I did a ton a laundry. Mama ain’t got time for that!
Hats: Speaking of clothes, Piglet wore a different hat everyday. One of my pet peeves is when a baby doesn’t have a hat on. Both my kids were born in fall/winter so hats are important to me. It’s cold outside. And then when spring and summer come along, it’s sunny. We have (very) fair skin so I don’t want my kiddies sunburned so sunhats were important. Piglet had a million hats. He wore a different one everyday. I thought if he wore a hat on one day, he couldn’t wear it the next day. Blueberry wore the same winter hat until her head grew too big and it didn’t fit anymore. Now she’s wearing some beanies and I just bought her a sun bonnet, but only 1; because she can re-wear it. She won’t die of germs and I won’t die of stress.
Pacifiers: Piglet wore his out. We had one in the car at all times. One in the car seat, one in my purse, one in every corner of his bed. Blueberry likes it, but not as much. She often sleeps without it so I haven’t actually bought any; she uses Piglet’s old ones.
Bath towels and blankets: Piglet never used a towel twice in a row. He never used a blanket 2 nights in a row. For some reason I thought it wasn’t safe for him to reuse things. Looking back, that’s totally silly. If they don’t soil the blanket or towel, why can’t they reuse it? I reuse my towel. I reuse my blanket. Blueberry keeps her blankets for a week before washing; same with towels and she has never been sick. Because I don’t get sick reusing blankets and such, why would a baby?
That’s all I can think of for now but it’s important to say; no matter what the books say or the blog say or the websites say; treating your newborn like just another person instead of a special person who needs to be shielded from every day life will make your life easier and will make raising your new baby a much more pleasant experience.