What is one thing you wish you knew then that you know now?

Jenn - posted on 11/15/2011 ( 2 moms have responded )

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In regards to being a parent, what is the one piece of wisdom or advice that you know now that you wish you had known before having a child?

The one thing that I know now I wish I had known then is that your child will not die if they consume a little bit of dirt lol. Let me clarify: When i had my first child, my son, I drove myself CRAZY sanitizing and sterilizing and disinfecting EVERYTHING. If his soother so much as touched another surface, back in the boiling water it went. I was also very anal about people holding him and did not let many people hold him out of fear of him getting sick or germs. I wish i had known that it is okay to allow your baby to be held, it is okay if the soother falls to rinse it off, it is okay to NOT scrub down every surface they touch. I have actually been told it is good for children to be exposed to everyday germs and virus's to allow their immune system to build up and do its job. Anyways, lets just say with my second child i am wayyyyy more lenient in the germ department. Honestly, i have probably horrified a few new moms when my daughter drops the soother at the park and i pop it back in her mouth lol. Hell, she has even eaten dirt straight-up!! So if i had known then that dirt will not cause my child to cause deathly ill i could have spent a LOT less time sterilizing things and a lot more time bonding and simply enjoying him while he was little (He is in Kindergarten now!!).

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Jenn - posted on 11/15/2011

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@ Donna- Oh i know!!! I am HUGE on all things free lol. I think i have signed up for every freebie on the web and then some. I am also big on coupons, although i have been slacking with couponing since my son started school, i have gotten a lot of free stuff that way also, by using coupons to shop clearance. It is a huge help for baby stuff like diapers, wipes etc because it is so expensive:) Now when i find out a friend is preggers the first thing i do is sign them up for all the freebies!! I am STILL getting freebies from some companies i signed up for like a year ago. A good tip for that though is too make a separate email account just for couponing/freebies. Saves your everyday email from being flooded with all the special offers, newsletters, etc that come when you sign up for free stuff.

Donna - posted on 11/15/2011

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Hi, one thig I wish I knew about were.are the freebees out there. Welcome Wagon-gifts and gift cards, Sears & Toys R Us - and other retail stores -Regisgration programs Baby food companies who have monthly freebies when you sign up, diaper companies. You can even go on line and type in free baby stuff -careful you may be restricted on area so check out the state or province info before you fill out your info. It is amazing what companies are out there that want you to try there product.

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