13 Shocking New Mom Secrets

Cynthia Dermody | Feb 10, 2010 Baby

  • I'm Tricking My Husband Into Another Baby

    woman behind a deceptive mask

    "I have a 6-month-old and I want another baby, but my husband doesn't. He changes the subject every time I bring it up. He doesn't know it, but I've stopped using birth control and I am seducing him on my most fertile days."

  • I Crank the Radio When She's Crying

    baby with headphones sucking pacifier

    Photo by boobra

    "If my baby cries on car rides, I turn up the radio. Not loud enough to blow her ears, just a little louder than her." 



  • I Cook With Breastmilk

    baby playing with bowls of flour

    Photo by myway4karma

    "I sometimes use breast milk for food I make if I'm out of store-bought milk."

  • I Leave My Twins Home Alone

    antique cradle in old farmhouse

    "I leave my 5 month old twins alone in the house while I drive my friend home. I'm only gone for five minutes and I know nothing will happen to them because they're sound asleep, and we live in a safe neighborhood."

  • I Love Leaving My Son in Daycare

    girls playing at day care center

    Photo by TLCDAYCARE

    "My 9-month-old son is in daycare from 7:30 until about 5:30 while I'm at work every day—and I love it. If I had to stay home with him all day, I'd go nuts. I love him, but I like being around adults and working gives me a much-needed break. My mom says I need to find a way to work from home otherwise he'll be 'emotionally challenged.' I love my job—it's got good pay, great benefits, and I never have to work weekends. I love my son's daycare teacher, and he's always happy when he's there. He's even made a friend. Is it so wrong for me to want to go to work and be happy that my son is in daycare?"

  • I Let My Baby Wear a Dirty Diaper

    diaper changing pad

    Photo by kamerons_mommy

    "I don't change my baby's diaper during the night. I'm too tired. In the morning it's always filled with pee or poop, or both. He's getting an awful diaper rash, but I lied to the pediatrican saying I didn't know why his bum was all red. Sometimes if he cries a lot, my boyfriend will change his diaper while I pretent to be asleep."

  • I Drove Without an Infant Seat

    new red car

    Photo by Jeanmarie1975

    "When my daughter was 10 months old, my husband drove our car while I sat in the back holding her, and seatbelted in, because we didn't have a car seat—my mother had borrowed it without letting us know. We drove for about 10 miles. Terrible I know!"

  • I Sleep While My Baby Watches TV

    shot of tv screen

    Photo by my2luvbugs

    "I'm just starting to transition my daughter from our bed to her crib, and I'm not getting any sleep because I have to keep going back and forth to comfort her. When my husband leaves the house for work in the morning, I put her in her playpen, turn on cartoons, and pass out. Thank goodness she doesn't know how to climb out of it yet! "

  • I Took My Baby to a Bar

    men clinking beer glasses

    Photo by lovemylittle1

    "Before I got pregnant my husband and I used to hang out at our local bar all the time. When our son was born everyone there wanted to meet him so we brought him to the bar with us when he was just a month old."



  • I Swore at My Baby

    sign that prohibits profanity

    "I screamed at my 8-month-old to 'shut the f-bomb up.' She cried all night long and wouldn't go to sleep. I feel so guilty and I'm worried that when she's older she'll remember these early days and she'll think I was always angry."

  • I Use Expired Baby Food


    "I use opened baby food jars in the fridge past that three to four day expiration period."

    "I gave my baby powdered formula that had been opened longer than a month. My baby is fine; it was only a couple of days over the limit. I figure those dates are just guidelines; it won't magically go bad after exactly 30 days. There were a good two to three bottles left, and at those prices, I certainly wasn't going to waste it."

  • I Skip the Baby Wipe

    wipes case next to yellow stuffed duck

    Photo by erinkoeser616

    "When I'm in a hurry and my baby's diaper is just wet—no poop—I sometimes skip the wipe and just put on a new diaper. What's the big deal?"

  • I Don't Allow Others to Hold My Baby

    boy holding puppies

    Photo by brownesclan

    I hate it when other people hold my baby. I always try to make up an excuse like "she needs to be fed," or "she's tired." I know it sounds rude, but I'm just very protective. — anonymous

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