10 Baby Experiences I'm Sad I Missed Out On

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baby toysI recently came to terms with the fact that I am done having children.
There will be no more cribs in our house, no more bottles to be sanitized and no more diapers to be purchased. And I am fine with that. More than fine, I'm GREAT with that.
But there are a few things I'm sorry that I never had the chance to use or do when my kids were babies ...
1. Pacifier mustaches. The mustache craze is a little tired, but these make me smile every single time I see them. Considering how pacifier obsessed my kids all were, I imagine I would have smiled an awful lot.
2. Mommy and baby shots. I hid from the camera like a crazy person when I was a new mom, but really wish I had gotten at least a few decent shots with my newborns. Even just a shot of my hair with a baby would suffice! Some proof that I was actually there, you know?
3. Baby bow-ties. Baby bow tie + plain white onsie = cutest outfit EVER, and tragically, my boys never wore it.

4. Ridiculously cute baby photography. Maybe it's better cameras nowadays. Maybe it's the invention of Pinterest. Maybe it's that people hire professionals these days. All I know is that the baby pictures I see these days put the ones I have of my own babies to shame. 
5. The shoe set socks. Shoes for babies are just plain dumb. Socks that look like shoes? Adorable. 
6. The new and improved strollers. I can't believe how far strollers have come in the past ten years. It's almost enough to make me buy one just to be able to put my shopping bags somewhere at the mall. That would be crazy... right?
7. Monthly pictures. Sure, I took pictures of my kids those early days, but I wish I'd thought of documenting them in the same place once a month. I'm constantly kicking myself over that one.
8. Bloomers. It's not like these are a new invention or anything, but for some reason I never bought them when Lily was a baby.  And that kind of kills me.


9. Baby Legwarmers. I may not be able to pull off the Flashdance look, but on chubby baby legs? Too cute.

10. Video. I could watch video of my babies forever right about now and have so little of it. 

Am I waffling on my no more babies decision? Absolutely not. It just means I'll be getting some kick ass presents for my baby-bearing friends and be giving them lots and lots of advice of things not to miss.
Lucky them.
Lead image via torbakhopper/Flickr; All other images via Amazon.com

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Jespren Jespren

You get a 2nd chance when your kids start having kids! So just look forward to those grandbabies!


i  am/was 1 of those crazy look @ me and baby kind of mom so i have plenty of pictures with my kids.. and I also have a month by month frame of them from birth to 1st b-day.. my 4yo DD loves looking at it.. she can't believe she was that tiny once.. it is super awesome

nikol... nikolita87

Don't beat yourself up too much. Sometimes it's hard not to but you love your kids and you did the best you could at the time. That's all that matters. Everything else comes second.

Carol McCarley Snuffer

I didn't miss anything, I savored every bit of each of my 5 babies being babies...I'm enjoying them becoming their own adults. I have the videos, pics and baby books to look back on. No regrets.

Evaly... EvalynCarnate

I didnt get a chance to video my daughter much when she was born (in '06). It was some slim times and I couldnt afford a camera/phone that took vids. My little boy (5mo), though, we get LOTS of him and I try to include my girl with him at every chance :) I'm LOVING the shoe socks though, my little boy has loads of them too :-p

ms_da... ms_danielle_j

My house is a shrine to my son...my desk at work is even worse! My son is gonna be so embarrased of me when he's like 13 cause I think everything he does is absolutely adorbs! LOL

Angil... Angileri6

I have 4 kids and the youngest is 3. Though the youngest still acts like a baby. I'm done having babies too. It is bittersweet and I go from strolling past coughing babies in the clinic thinking 'Better you than me Sister' to wanting to swipe and hold a stranger's baby until they cry because they smell that 'She's not of my blood'. I actually walked past the formula/diaper aisle smiling and nodding knowingly last week. Nice list :) We really do get more sleep now right?

nonmember avatar Lyn

These are not "baby experiences". They're consumer products.

teddy... teddysmama09

I'm done having kids too, but I didn't discover Pinterest until after my kids were born. Now I'll be scrolling down and see maternity photos or newborn pics (or even funny ways to announce your pregnancy) and think "ohhhhh, now we  need another one!" But then my toddler will cut a tooth or my  3 year old will throw a fit and all that baby blue and pink pixy dust just poofs away!

Now I pacify my pinterlust by looking up fun things to do with bigger kids (and secretly planning my daughters wedding- sure she's only 1, but  I'm sure she'll appreciate all my hard work in 20-30 years!)

fleur... fleurdelys3110

@Lyn -- I was thinking the exact same thing. I think a better title for this article would have been "10 Baby Trends I'm Sad I Missed Out On".

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