When you’re pregnant or have a new baby, it seems like everyone has parenting advice for you. Some of it is great. Some of it? Not so much. For lots of people (especially panicked first time parents like myself) it can be hard to separate the good advice from the bad advice. That’s why we’ve partnered with Dreft to share our best newborn advice we’ve received for our newborn baby girl, and let you know about their new partnership with Sean and Catherine Lowe from The Bachelor! Sean and Catherine joined up with Dreft on April 27 at their “Loads of Love” baby shower from Dreft, where they were showered with love, support, and all the essentials they’d need to prepare for their bundle of joy’s arrival and their parenthood journey. You can follow their journey with the hashtag #amazinghood. One thing you’ll receive at any baby shower is advice for new parents. Advice from seasoned parents, advice from people who’ve never had kids, and advice from everyone in between.
This is a partnered post with Dreft and iConnect, but all opinions are our own.
Here are 6 awesome tips on infant care:
1. Sleep when the baby sleeps.
Everyone says this, and it seems impossible sometimes. For the first few days, I was too paranoid to let my new baby out of sight, so my husband and I took shifts sleeping so someone would always be awake with her. Ridiculous, right? That crashed and burned on our third day home, when I started getting sick from lack of sleep. Now, when baby is down for a nap, she gets to hang out in her bassinet while I grab some shut-eye.
2. Accept help.
If you’re anything like me, you hate accepting help from people. And if you’re a first time parent, you’re going to want to hover over your baby at all times to make sure everything is going okay. This is a bad combination when it comes to accepting help, because your first instinct is going to be to try to do everything alone. However, there’s nothing wrong with accepting help. After all, you did all the work for nine months! It’s time for a break.
3. Don’t panic.
Everything is scary when you have a newborn. Panicking won’t help anything. Call your pediatrician, call your mom, but rest assured that most things you’re going to worry about are going to wind up being perfectly normal. Also, never Google. This is how people wind up in the ER thinking their child has a horrifying rare virus. It’s usually gas.
4. Plan easy meals in advance.
Having a newborn is not easy. You’re stressed, sleep-deprived, and the last thing you want to do is cook a fancy meal. Having meals planned in advance (or stocking up on gift cards to your favorite take-out, or having a meal chain set up by friends) will save you a lot of time and effort during the first few weeks. You can use this extra time to panic about everything, or if you’re less neurotic than I am, to grab some sleep.
5. Reach out if you need to.
Whether you’re dealing with the standard baby blues or full blown postpartum depression, you may find yourself feeling overwhelmed. Although you may feel ashamed to admit that you aren’t coping as well as you think you should, baby blues and postpartum mood disorders are a fact of life for many new parents. Don’t suffer just because you can. Talk to your pediatrician, your OB, or another medical professional and find out what you can do to feel better. Talk to your friends and family about things that aren’t baby. Get out and do something fun. Taking care of yourself means you can better take care of the baby.
6. Stock up on Dreft.
Parenthood is messy. You’re going to be covered in bodily fluids from both yourself and the baby, and you’re going to go through a LOT of laundry. If you thought laundry was a boring chore before, you’ll be surprised by how you feel about it after the baby is born. Every wash, you’re wondering “is this the last time she’ll fit into this newborn onesie we brought her home in? When will she stop clawing her face open and never wear these cute baby mittens again?” Dreft believes that baby’s laundry isn’t just a chore. It’s a way to relish the moments and stages of babyhood and parenthood, those firsts and lasts that every parent both anticipates and dreads. Thanks to Dreft, you can embrace all the joys of #amazinghood – even the messy ones.
I put Dreft on my baby registry, and I’m not the only one. When asked about their baby registry, Sean and Catherine Lowe had Dreft on their registry as well! Just like my own mom, Sean and Catherine’s parents had used and recommended Dreft! Talk about nostalgia, huh? Right now, both the Lowes and I are using Dreft Stage 1: Newborn, but did you know that Dreft grows with your baby? As your baby and their messes grow bigger, you can switch to Dreft Stage 2: Active baby and know that even your worst messes are covered. It’s developed with active, growing babies in mind and removes up to 99% of baby food and outdoor stains! It’s still hypoallergenic and easy on baby’s soft skin, so you don’t have to worry that being tough on stains means being tough on baby. That way, you can direct all your worries at something else!
Dreft also makes Dreft Blissfuls, an in-wash scent booster that keeps that baby fresh scent going longer. It’s safe for baby clothes, and it’s also safe for any color, fabric or load that you think needs a little scent-boosting power. Perfect as your baby gets bigger and messier, right?
Over the next year, follow the Lowe’s #Amazinghood journey on Dreft’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter, where they will share messy memories and exclusive content for their fans!
Did you use Dreft with your baby?