How to Thrive as a New Parent: 6 Posts You Need to Read

Finding yourself with a new baby is both so simple and so complicated at the same time. Everyone tells you babies only have X number of needs, and as long as you can recognize the cues for those needs, your golden.

Except that it isn’t true! I learned really quickly that my baby had dozens of very specific needs (due in part to being a high-need baby), tons of iterations of those needs, and then those needs would present in combos!

If parenthood seems daunting or overwhelming to you, I’ve put together a list of posts to help you get your footing as new parents.

My Absolute Must-Have Products to Power into Parenthood

I have a feeling you’ve got enough baby products on your baby registry. But, I can also bet you weren’t thinking about what you would need when you put that registry together.

Your child will never need less than they do as a newborn. You, on the other hand, have been thrown into a completely new lifestyle. You don’t have to go crazy buying more stuff, but there are a few things that can really help you make the transition!

Some of these things I had when my baby was born, but others I didn’t get until later and I really wish I’d had them from the start.

6 Essential Baby Books to Start Your Parenting Library

You can read articles on Pinterest all day long, but at some point, you’re going to need some more in-depth information. However, a lot of baby and parenting books push a one-size-fits-all philosophy that you have to accept or reject (and of course, they want you to accept it).

I have tried to curate a handful of books for you that really encourage you to find your own parenting style.

How to Pack Your Diaper Bag Like a Minimalist

You’ve seen the moms loaded down like pack mules with every conceivable thing under the sun their kids could possibly need if an apocalypse hit and they could never return home.

But you don’t have to be that mom! For your typical day-to-day outings, you really don’t need much at all! In this post, I show you everything I keep in my diaper bag, and some examples of things I might add for longer outings or day trips.

Maintain Your Identity in Motherhood

Becoming a mother should add to your identity, not overtake it. But because the demands and responsibilities permeate every hour of our lives day and night, it can be really easy to let it become who we are. All we are.

You are a mother now, but you’re also a person outside of motherhood. You can (and should) have other interests and activities. Here are my top 7 tips on how to maintain your identity once you become a mother, especially if you’re now a stay at home mom.

How to Calm Your Fussy Baby (When You’re at Your Wit’s End)

This is not your typical baby-calming advice. I’ve seen all the usual tips, and a lot of times, they didn’t work for my high-need baby.

If you’ve got a baby who fusses a lot and doesn’t soothe easily, you need to read this post! I spell out for you my 9 best tactics for calming down a demanding baby who is very specific (and vocal) about their needs. But even if you don’t have a “high-need baby,” these tips can still help you through witching hour, or even just a run of the mill fussy spell.

(There’s also a fabulous printable to give you easy access to all 9 strategies!)

Everything You Need to Know About SIDS

You’ve probably already been exposed to a lot of different schools of thought on baby sleep. What’s safe and what’s not, how long and how often… But your biggest concern might be “What is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and how can I prevent it?”

In this post, I share with you why I don’t want my newborn to sleep through the night and the research behind it. SIDS might not actually be what you think it is.

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