Make the baby part of your social life
“As soon as our baby had his vaccines, we got in the habit of taking him everywhere we went,” says Tony, 31, whose son is now five. “He’d sleep in his stroller or just sit on our laps and now he’s used to being out in public with crowds and loud noises." That doesn't mean Jr. is ready for the aggressive volume of a River Dance revival show -- use some discretion.
Ignore those crazy strangers you meet
You’ll soon find that people on the street think they’re better parents than you. They’ll tell you to put a hat on your kid in June and that she should be sleeping at 6:00 PM. “My wife and I know our children better than anyone else,” says Josh, 31, a father of twins. “So we just smile and nod -- and then roll our eyes.”
That said, crowd-sourcing advice is totally okay
“I can’t even count how many times I’ve gone onto Facebook to ask my friends what to do in random situations,” says mother of two, Stef, 28. “I want to know what they’ve done and how it’s worked out.” Your friends and family are worth trusting way more than randombabywebsite.com.
Get all your diapers delivered
No one should ever have to run to the store to get poop catchers ever again. “Amazon Prime offers a diaper subscription with a 20-percent discount; there’s no reason not to use it,” says Christie, 29, a mom of three.
Or don’t! As soon as you announce your pregnancy, people will want to know if you’re going back to work and if you’re going full-time. “There’s no wrong answer,” says Kate, 28, who has two kids under the age of four. “Do whatever is best for you. And if your job doesn’t give you the flexibility you need, find a new one. There are tons of companies these days that understand family life.”