I’m ashamed to admit that before I had my daughter, I had a lot of opinions on things I would never do once I had her. Picture pregnant me, sitting on my high horse planning all the things I would do when I became a mom. I wouldn’t be like those other moms who took the easy way out. I would make all my baby food from scratch. I would ensure that our baby did not rule our life and that we didn’t adhere to her schedule. That we didn’t need any expensive baby gear that was outrageous. Our baby would learn to sleep wherever and through anything, etc, etc. I laugh so hard at the sweet summer child I once was. Here are some of the things I said I would never do before I had a baby.
I would never nurse to sleep. I did this from day one, and I continued until recently. When this was a reliable way for me to get my baby to sleep, you bet I did it.
I would never give a pacifier. This lasted 3 weeks of her life. She would nurse for forever, and then only sleep 30-40 minutes. My mum told me she was using me as a pacifier. I don’t think any other mother grabbed a sookie faster.
I would never use white noise, or blackout curtains. Not only do we use both of these, but I also tapped garbage bags on her window because of the late night sun in Alberta. I feel zero shame.
I would never breastfeed in public. Costco food court, in line to check out at Old Navy, middle of the mall, literally any parking lot, in a restaurant, in Starbucks. If my baby is hungry, my boob is out.
I would never buy expensive baby gear. I was desperate to get my kid to sleep. I would spend HOURS rocking her. Nothing would work. Out of desperation, we bought a Mamaroo thinking it would be a magical sleep machine. It was not.
I would never sleep train. Not only did we sleep train, but we did full extinction. It. Was. Awful. And you know what? It took a couple days, each time it got better, and it worked. Zero regrets and I will 100% do it again with the next baby.
I would never feed my baby packaged baby food. My kid eats puffs, mummums, love ducks, and pouches like every other kid. If I’m running around and short on time, they’re convenient, and ready to go. I don’t know why I thought I would have time to make her gourmet and organic baby meals and snacks daily.
I would never allow sugar before the age of 1. Please reference the below picture of my child eating ice cream.
I would never allow the baby’s “schedule” to rule our life. Nap time is sacred in our house. We plan outings and errands so that we can be home for nap time. Same with bedtime, and our bedtime routine. It’s what works best for our family.
I would never wear “mommy and me” outfits. I love outright matching with her, or wearing complimentary outfits. Not everyday… just a lot of the days, or whenever possible.
What have I learned? You don’t know how you’re going to react, or how your views will change until you have the experience for yourself. I would do many things differently if I had another baby, but I don’t regret any of the choices I’ve made so far.
What about you? Did you have any “I would never” statements that went out the window once your little one arrived?