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Challenge: Bringing Home Baby: What Do You Wish You’d Known?

First breathe and try to enjoy every moment and congratulations!

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​It is always so exciting to bring baby home finally. And for the first few hours or so, you are so focused on just being home that you don't think of anything else. But now you have this precious, fragile bundle of joy that you are supposed to bathe and clip their nails and change their diapers and swaddle and soothe, etc. When it comes down to it, no matter whether you are a new mom or experienced mom, it can be scary or nerve wracking to do these things for the first time. Add to that, lack of sleep and constant crying if you have a colicky baby, and you have a stressful situation. But like I said, try to enjoy each moment. When they finally fall asleep on you and give those cute little sighs, when they look into your eyes and you just feel your whole body warm up, when they wrap their hand around your finger, and when you pick them up and they instantly stop crying. These are the joys of parenting. 

For everything else, you can ask friends and family for advice, or your pediatrician. Practice swaddling on a doll, then on your baby. Buy the baby clippers that are better for your baby that help prevent injuries and understand everything takes time for you to learn and adjust to. Really listen to the advice of others but remember each baby is different and so are you and your situations. 

You are a parent now and the most important thing in your child's life. Breathe and enjoy it as much as you can.

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