The Royal Baby Watch is over! Monday, Prince William and Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge greeted their royal bouncing baby boy. Kate will have at her disposal London’s elite nanny squad. I saw a special with Diane Sawyer and the royal nannies are intense! They train for three years to learn how to be the perfect nanny for a royal baby. Their training includes changing cloth diapers, proper burping technique and my personal favorite, driving to avoid the paparazzi.
However, as mother of a two-year-old, the only class I took was Life. Here are few things I learned in my first two years as a mommy.
1. Enjoy the early months. There are a lot of stories about how tired you will be and the midnight feedings. Those are true. But unless your baby isn’t feeling well, your baby will take a lot of naps. Ignore the housework, your phone or any other distractions and take a couple naps too.
2. Take advantage of the new baby fever. Your family and friends are probably just as excited about the new baby as you are. Invite someone you trust over every once and while so you can do something for yourself.
3. Target diapers work just as well as Pampers for a fraction of the cost.
4. Keep a camera ready. Babies are always doing something new. Even newborns make funny faces.
5. Relax. Yes, you should handle your baby with care, but they are not china dolls.
6. Everyone has baby advice, but you don’t have to take it. Sometimes it’s okay to say, “no thank you.”
7. Toddlers are reckless and have no concept of injury until they climb on a coffee table and try to walk off. Usually it’s nothing a kiss can’t fix.
8. Don’t be in a hurry to hear your little one say, “Mommy.” Once they start they never stop and very rarely are they calling your name for something important.
9. The most important lesson I’ve learned is to slow down and make time to spend with your little one. It’s very easy to get caught up with work, deadlines and public appearances. But little ones don’t stay little long so cherish the coos, giggles and cuddles while their too little fend you off.
Now if someone has potty training advice, that would be great.