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When I had my twins and was a first time mom. I lacked confidence in my parenting skills and decisions. But when I had my third child, I felt more confident in myself and in my ability to parent. Of course there were things I wish I had done differently with my twins and lessons that I learned as a first time mom. My third child was the lucky recipient of these experiences. Whether you are having your first, second or third baby, Well Beginnings Wisdom can help you feel good about your parenting choices.
What I Wish I Knew As a First Time Mom
You Don’t Need So Much Stuff
Before my twins were born we registered for lots of baby items that we had heard were indispensable. These toys, equipment and random baby products would make life easier, make our kids smarter and make us better parents. Who doesn’t want that? Sadly, a number of these items were useless and were either returned or donated. There were a few basics that we used a lot like a baby swing, bouncy seat and infant play gym. When I had my third, I realized that less is more. We didn’t have a shower or register anywhere since we already had all the basics that we needed to have happy and healthy kids.
My advice is that it is better to start with less stuff and see how you do. You can always purchase items after your baby is born if you find yourself needing them.
Get in the Picture
While I was making a scrapbook for my twins, I noticed that I was hardly in any photos with them. Part of this was because I was always the one taking the photos and part of the reason was that I had just had two babies and was not thrilled with how I looked. I regretted not being in so many photos with my twins, so I made sure when my third child was born I would be in lots of photos regardless of how I felt about myself. Even if you are the primary photographer in the family, hand over the camera half the time and get in the photo. You won’t be able to get the time or the photo opportunities back as your child grows up.
This was something that was super hard for me with my twins. I was determined to prove to myself and others that I was a great mom and could handle everything myself. I would cook, clean, feed and care for my babies all while running myself ragged. I was totally stressed and exhausted and for what? When you have a baby, lots of people come around to offer help and support. Take it. No one will think you are not capable. From experience, others know how tough it is to have a baby. That is why they are offering the help. Maybe they won’t do things exactly as you would, but let it go and take that well deserved nap.
Don’t Stress About Feeding Time
When I had my twins, I tried desperately to breast feed. For various reasons, my body hardly produced any milk. There was nowhere near enough for one baby, let alone two. I was so stressed about feeding time that I was crying and miserable. After trying all sorts of things and failing, I finally started to use formula with my babies and was able to watch them grow and thrive. Whether you are supplementing nursing with baby formula or using formula exclusively, take the stress out of feeding time with Well Beginnings Infant Formula, found exclusively at Walgreens.
You can get the same quality ingredients of name-brand formula for much less money with Well Beginnings. When I had my third child I tried breast feeding again with no luck. This time however, I didn’t let it get me down. I knew that I could provide my daughter with a quality infant formula like Well Beginnings.
There are Many Ways to Bond
I was concerned with my twins that I wouldn’t be able to bond with them as much as I’d hope because I wasn’t breast feeding. This proved to be untrue. I was able to bond with my babies during feeding time in a different way. I would often feed with bare skin as I laid my shirtless babies on my chest. This allowed us to get important skin to skin contact. I also tried to have many occasions where I was able to look into their eyes while feeding. I was able to repeat this with my third child and am happy to report that I have a super strong, unbreakable bond with my kids today.
Feeding with formula lets others get in on the action and bond with baby as well. My husband would handle night time feedings and use this special, quiet time to bond with our girls. If you have older kids, you can get them involved in feeding the baby too. My twins were 18 months old when their sister was born, so they really weren’t able to help with feedings. They were however able to cuddle with their sister and shower her with love.
Before kids I was quite the saver. I looked for the best deals, cut coupons and made informed shopping decisions. After I had my twins, I was in a fog. I no longer looked for the best price on items we used and I had no time to clip coupons. When my third baby was born, I realized that I no longer had time to comparison shop and research my purchases. It became important to me to purchase products that I knew were always a good deal and that I trusted to be high quality. This way I could buy them time and time again and feel like I was getting the best for less.
Such is the case when you buy Well Beginnings vs. brand-name formulas. You get more for less and know you are getting quality formula. Well Beginnings, which is available exclusively at Walgreens, is just as good and costs much less than brand-name formula. Plus when you sign up for the auto-reorder on walgreens.com, you can save time as well as money.
Well Beginnings come in the following varieties:
· Well Beginnings Premium Infant Formula with Iron, 23.4oz
· Well Beginnings Advantage Milk Based Infant Formula with Iron, 23.2oz
· Well Beginnings Sensitivity Infant Formula, 22.5oz
· Well Beginnings Gentle Infant Formula with Iron, 22.1oz
I learned a lot in the time between having my twins and third child. Some of those lessons I learned the hard way. I am hoping these tips will help you on your parenting journey.