8 Rookie Parenting Mistakes I’ve Made

The hard thing about parenting is that you start out with no experience.

The great thing about parenting is that you definitely get better at it as you go along.

These 8 mistakes are ones I made in the early days of parenting, but happily, these are ones I’ve pretty much left behind in the last four years:

  • #3: Thinking I had to constantly entertain my baby

    Thinking I had to constantly entertain my baby

    With my first baby, I was always thinking “Is she bored? Should we be playing?” Now I know that babies are pretty good at being entertained by the world around them.

  • Leaving the house without a backup outfit

    I often just keep an extra bodysuit in my purse since it folds up so small, but I’ve learned to never leave without some kind of extra clothing!

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  • #2: Assuming my second child would be like my first

    Assuming my second child would be like my first

    They don’t look alike, they don’t really act alike, and I love them both like crazy.

  • #5: Assuming the way I do it is the only right way

    Assuming the way I do it is the only right way

    Early on, I was always leaving really detailed instructions if I had a babysitter. But I quickly learned that my child would go to bed without the exact routine I used. And she’d eat foods I never served.

  • Trying to squeeze the baby into too-small diapers

    I know it’s tempting to just use up those last few diapers, but the results will not be worth it. . .

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  • #6: Believing a later bedtime would mean a later wakeup

    Believing a later bedtime would mean a later wakeup

    I don’t know why this isn’t true, but my babies do not believe in sleeping in. In fact, they sleep BETTER when I put them to bed earlier.

  • #7: Assuming my baby wouldn't be able to deal with travel and change

    Assuming my baby wouldn't be able to deal with travel and change

    Of course every child is different (and so is every trip!), but generally they’ve done better than I gave them credit for.

  • #8 Thinking I wouldn't care about the first birthday

    Thinking I wouldn't care about the first birthday

    About two months before my first child was born, I went to a baby birthday party and I thought, “I would never go to all this effort.”

    You know where this is going. 14 months later, I was throwing a birthday party for my one year old.

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