Learning to Live with a Newborn

Sponsored by Dreft 
available at Babies R Us

My mother-in-law used to say that my husband was a perfect baby. That he slept like a log and only cried when he was hungry. 


My father-in-law strongly disagreed and said that my husband was a colicky baby, that he screamed for hours on end and there was nothing they could do to comfort him.  I always laughed at this story because of how completely different their memories were. I knew I would never in a million years forget anything about my newborn, but to be safe, I vowed to write everything down along the way.

I’ve kept meticulous baby book records. Every tooth, every step, every haircut, every word is written down and photographed or recorded. I know who the first people to hold my baby were, what they brought for presents and how often and long my baby slept in the early days. Facts are easy to record. Feelings are not.

For instance, it is really difficult to put into words the overwhelming sense of love you feel when you hold your baby for the first time. Or to describe the Mama Bear instinct that kicks in the minute your baby is born. Or to capture the feelings of euphoric joy – and terror!

Even the simplest of tasks become nerve-wracking adventures. Like that first diaper change. Learning to bend their little arms to get them dressed. Giving them a bath. Even laundry!  Who would have thought there’d be so many choices? That we’d ever think about detergents being hypoallergenic or gentle or fresh-smelling?  Dreft Stage 1: Newborn should be gifted at every baby shower, supplied at every hospital and recommended by every best friend.

Too many new moms just use whatever detergent is on sale, hoping it does the trick. But, once there’s a living, breathing baby in the picture, it’s a whole different story. We all want to do what’s best for our newborns which is why we rely so much on what other moms find to be tried and true. Dreft Stage 1: Newborn fits the bill. It’s hypoallergenic, gentle, smells great, AND it’s the number one choice of pediatricians! I guess maybe that’s why moms have been using it for over 80 years as they wash all those adorable outfits over and over and over again!


What newborn task did you find most nerve-wracking? 


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