As your belly begins to swell and you feel those first flutters of kicks, new moms-to-be can be overwhelmed with endless decisions. Many of us spend our first pregnancy reading lots of books like "What to Expect When You're Expecting" and "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child" in preparation and in search of answers.
Throughout a first pregnancy, hours are spent agonizing over baby registries and what color the room should be painted. You have endless visits to the doctor and non-stop conversations about baby names. Should we get the 3D ultrasound? You are careful about eating cold cuts and handling raw meat. When you meet up with friends, everyone has a glass of wine for you.
Your body is blossoming and everything in life is changing. Finally, the reality sets in that all of this planning and reading is nice but what will life with a baby actually be like? Can we handle this?
Fortunately, new parents-to-be receive tons of advice. From the grandmother behind you in line at Kings to the guy delivering your pizza, if you have a baby in your belly people feel compelled to share their words of parenting wisdom.
Unfortunately, some of this advice is not very good and, at times, can be quite comical. Guidelines for pregnancy and caring for babies change so frequently that even the most well-meaning advice can be completely wrong. How can any mom-to-be make sense of all of this random information?
If you are a new mom or pregnant with your first baby, check with your doctor if you have any questions. Otherwise, Chatham and Madison are chock full of seasoned mothers with a deep well of experience. We have been through it all and plenty of us have heard it all.
Chatham and Madison Moms: We have all been there and we can help our fellow new moms with some truly useful guidance. Tell us, what is the best and worst parenting advice you have ever received?