This post is sponsored by Evivo but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
I don’t think anyone is actually fully prepared when it comes to being a new parent. You’ll get solicited and unsolicited advice and you’ll do some research, but none of that compares to what you’ll actually experience.
I didn’t know what I was doing and pretty much flew by the seat of my pants on the daily.
What I wish I knew before my first child
Your sleep schedule will never be the same
Obviously, sleep is going to be a factor, but what I didn’t realize was the extent of it. Like, the numerous times I’d be getting up in the middle of the night to change poo-splosions and to feed my chunky monkey’s. Let’s just say, I started drinking coffee after I gave birth to my first in April 2015.
No one else really knows what they’re doing either
Learn not to compare yourselves to other parents. Even your most “perfect” Facebook friend probably loses their crap a time or twenty. You’re not the worst and you’re not alone; take comfort in that.
Establish baby’s gut health from the start
I didn’t know this with my first in her newborn stage, but, it’s crucial to make sure your baby’s gut is on the right track from the very beginning, so it has all of the good bacteria it needs while it’s still in the development stage. By addressing the issue of gut health during this early window, it allows baby’s gut, digestive system, and immune system to continue to grow, protect and thrive before introducing solid food around the 6-month mark.
When more good bacteria is present in the gut, it creates a strong, protective wall and crowds out the bad bacteria. When a baby is low on probiotics, there is little protection on the lining of the digestive system. When there is little protection, then the esophagus, stomach, and intestines can easily become rubbed raw and painful, and sometimes even bleed.
A once-daily baby probiotic addresses this issue head-on. Evivo baby probiotic is clinically proven to restore the good bacteria called B. infantis to baby’s gut while reducing the potentially harmful bacteria by 80%. Evivo captures all the special nutrients from breast milk that are otherwise wasted and converts them into added nutrients for baby. Babies consuming Evivo and breast milk had their gut fully repopulated with the good bacteria they need 100% of the time
By doing this, you can prevent autoimmune and metabolic issues like eczema, yeast rashes, thrush, allergies, diabetes constipation and acid reflux. Thankfully, Delilah hasn’t had any of these issues during her 2 months of life, but she’ll continue to get baby probiotics regardless.
Breastfeeding is hard work
This is putting it lightly. It’s painful and it’s stressful, but if you can get past the 2-week mark, I promise it will be much better and your little one will thank you for it. It just takes some real dedication to push through the bleeding/cracked/painful stage. If I didn’t have my husband coaxing me on with my first child, I probably wouldn’t be doing it this time around. And yes, it hurts the 2nd time too.
Don’t worry about the mess
Although I was never really a neat freak, I do like to keep things somewhat tidy. Have a kid and that will all go out the window. You’re sleep deprived, cluster feeding and the last thing on your mind is the dishes. Having a baby is an unpredictable phase in life that brings disorganization, chaos, and mess. Just embrace the change and go with the flow until you can get back to some semi-normalcy.