Before you became a mom, you probably thought that you had a good idea of what to expect. After all, you have friends who are moms, and you’re the child of a mom. However, until you’ve run on less than three consecutive hours of sleep or discovered that diapers are built with secret escape routes, you may not really have had the full experience.
The best discovery? The 10 mothers who Gerber Life spoke with all seem to agree that amidst the sleepless nights, crazy schedules and endless diaper changes, there’s the realization that you created another human being – and have the privilege of watching him or her discover the world. You also have the joy of witnessing every “first” – from baby’s first smiles to first steps to first words. In addition, there are days when your child becomes the teacher, even before learning to speak.
Here are 10 things that those moms didn’t know about being a mother until they became one.
Not that many decades ago, stay-at-home mothers were the norm in the United States. That started changing during and after World War II because of numerous factors, including the need for women factory workers during the booming war years and a growing post-war economy. This led to two-working-parent households seeking to “keep up with the Joneses,” more women attending college than ever before, and more women joining the workforce to earn their own paycheck or expand their horizons.
Today, many women continue to balance career and family, and some are the primary breadwinner. However, an interesting trend has emerged: Although women were once tasked with raising the children, the past two decades have seen a steady increase in the number of men who choose to be stay-at-home dads, although for different reasons. Since 1989, the number of men who do not work outside the home has nearly doubled.
The accompanying infographic features stay-at-home dad statistics that may surprise you.
Getting ready for a baby shower can be fun, whether you or someone else is handling the planning. Most of the time, the only “work” you have to do is start a baby registry for gifts that you’d appreciate receiving. Although baby registries are optional, they make it easy for guests to select items that you truly want and will use. They also help ensure that you won’t receive duplicate items, thereby saving you the time of having to return items to stores.
Opening a baby registry at one or more stores nevertheless takes forethought, even though you can open the registry online and participating stores provide a “shelf list” of goods that they carry concerning baby.
What exactly will you need? How many of each will you need? Which items are necessities and which are luxuries or frivolous? And besides, what in the world are half of the items mentioned on the store’s “shelf list” and what do those items do? If you’re a first-time parent, the following list of baby registry “must-haves” can be a real new-mother’s helper:
Motherhood changes many things – “Nothing will ever be the same,” as people say – but while it may be obvious on a superficial level, it hasn’t always been obvious that this is true on a physiological level as well.
According to recent studies at the universities of Montreal, Oregon and elsewhere, the brain chemistry of a woman undergoes changes both during pregnancy and after giving birth to a child.
The studies found that the following major changes occur as a woman transitions into motherhood:
Most parents don’t use the same parenting style to raise their children. Different strokes, after all. You may have developed your parenting style from a combination of sources: information you’ve read or heard, advice you’ve received from relatives and other parents, lessons you were taught while growing up, and your parental instinct.
Which of four basic kinds of parenting style are you using? Take our quiz to find out: