5 Parenting Fails Every New Mom Commits

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babyIt goes without saying: Being a new mom is hard. You're used to only taking care of yourself -- maybe a few pets? -- when all of a sudden, boom, there's this little baby in your life whose every need, want, and desire has to be fulfilled by you! So, what happens? Well, sometimes, you screw up. Big time.

Here are 5 parenting fails I've already committed as a new mom. No, I am not proud.

I forgot to tighten the straps in the car seat. I know. I have one of those Snap N Go carseat/stroller combos -- you know where you take the carseat out of the car and pop it into a cart? It's great. Anyway, one time, after I took my daughter out of the car and popped her into the cart, I loosened her straps, because I felt like they were too tight. I strolled her around the store for a while like this, then when I put her back into the car -- oops! I forgot to tighten the straps again. Awesome.

The monitor died and I had an awesome night's sleep. About three weeks into my daughter sleeping in her own room, my unplugged half of the monitor died. In the middle of the night. While I was sleeping. And I never woke up during the night. I'm not talking, like, a 10 p.m. to 7 a.m. sleep here -- more like a midnight to 6. And I'm not gonna lie, I felt like a new woman after. (I like to think that if she did cry, I would have heard, but honestly, we'll never know.)

She slept in pee. Not a pee-pee diaper, a pee-pee crib sheet. When my daughter was first born, we were living in a tiny one-bedroom apartment with no laundry. She peed on one crib sheet, and I washed it. Then she peed on another, and, yeah, I wasn't making another trip to the laundromat for one thing. At least it had dried.

I starved her. Not intentionally, obviously, but it's impossible to tell how much food babies are getting when you're nursing! It took a trip to the pediatrician to find out that the reason she was crying, oh, for five, six hours a day was because the poor girl was hungry.

I forgot a diaper. I was running out of the house, I thought there was at least one left in my diaper bag, and yep, just didn't bring one. And yep, my daughter pooped.

What parenting fails have you committed?


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kelly... kelly24019

Parentalrights1, so what if they pushed formula... Is it any of your business? No.

Posts like this remind me why I no longer come on cafemom.... Because of all the bashing people do when I'm sure they are soooo perfect in their own life.

Erin Bosco

Really?  This is your list?  This is just plain stupid.

kleab79 kleab79

Regan....where do u see "so every new mom that breastfeeds will starve her child?" Just curious... because really, I don't think that was intended to be perceived that way. Chill out.

areyo... areyouatroll

Baby crying= hungry. Ok, no counting diapers? Why would a pediatrician have to tell you she wasn't getting enough? Count the output people, come on, not rocket science.

Deann... Deanna2872

Parentalrights- shut up.

I haven't even had the chance to see anyone elses comments yet, and the first thing my motherly mind wants to do is to tell you to shut the hell up-

Good grief. If only the world could be raised by the perfect standards of *you*...


Again- zip it.

Deann... Deanna2872

Thank you, Stephanie Zinna!

@regenbobenpitz- seriously? THAT'S what you got from the article? Wow. I would suggest you might go back to school...ask for the remedial courses, so that you might be able to comprehend 'grown up conversation through reading'...

Deann... Deanna2872

Yeah- I'm starting to believe this 'war against women', is nothing more than an excuse for women to bash and shred other women-

Sadly, its those that proclaim to fight the hardest for womens rights that tend to be the shittiest when it comes to any mother exerting those rights-

Hypocritical assholes.

Angyll28 Angyll28

I'm a mom of 4 the "baby" just turned 5. On baby #3 I tried breastfeeding epic failure =screaming baby that nursed non stop. I was so frustrated she was so frustrated end of story switched too formula she became fat and happy right quick. We went to the doc everything was fine I couldn't handle the non stop crying. I'm glad I switched and I don't feel guilty. She's a very healthy beautiful 8 ye old now. And if I were too list all of my "oops " and " dammit" moments we would be here all day. All my babies survived my mommy moments. Then when their older there's more oops moments. It's great :D

Brett Amber Hackett

This is one my husband committed with our first child. We were walking on a sidewalk downtown and our daughter(3 at the time)saw a bird in the middle of the road and tried to dart out into the busy street. My husband didn't stop to think about anything except "she's gonna get hit by a car"....he grabbed her by the arm a little lower than her armpit and j a stranger came by just as my husband was yelling (out of fear) "Never ever do that again'. Needless to say, the man, as most people do, jumped to the wrong conclusion and threatened to call the cops on us. I tried to explain he was not abusing her but rather saving her, but I was met with evil stares. My daughter is 10 years old and I'm proud to say has NEVER been hit by a car!

Tawny Caudill

@erin bosco

What makes you think this article is stupid?  It obviously isn't if there are so many other mothers who seemingly agreewith her list.  Sadly, i've done these all once.  I guess it is just a new mother thing.

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