Lies, Lies, Lies! 3 Lies Told to New Moms!

Lies!

I came across a blog post on ParentingInMotion.com about 5 Lies told to new moms:

Lies Told to New Moms!

  • “You won’t have time to shower for days.”
  • “Sleep when the baby sleeps.”
  • “Just let the laundry and dishes pile up, they can wait”
  • “You will never eat a warm meal again.”
  • “If you learn to do it right, breastfeeding won’t hurt.”

While there are many crappy lies we tell new moms, 3 important ones that were missed in that list were:

  • Always follow instincts. A new mom will have a lot on her mind as she attends to the day to day care of her new baby. She will also be tired and sometimes aggravated. Not every idea that pops into her head will be right or make sense.
  • Friends and family will be a lot of help. While they mean well, most offers of assistance are hollow gestures. They sound great and polite but most parents are on their own.
  • All these products are needed. Everyone will recommend all the stuff the baby will NEED. Many of the items will offer convenience and help make things easier but rarely are they necessary.
Rather than giving advice to a new mom, how about actually helping her with something. Offering to help with a meal, run needed errands, or take some of the load off will provide more benefits and make more of an impact.

What other lies are needlessly told to new moms?
What help would you have rather received instead of crappy advice you were given?
Please let me know in the comments.

P.S. If this topic interests you, please check out the very popular and helpful book by Claudine Wolk called It Gets Easier!…And Other Lies We Tell New Mothers: A Fun, Practical Guide to Becoming a Mom.

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Comments

  1. Thanks so much for including my article! I couldnt agree more with what you added! While I feel like friends and family mean well, they really can get in the way sometimes especially as new parents trying to figure it all out for the first time. I also completely agree with not needing as much as they tell you you need. We ended up buying most of the baby things after our son was born just to make sure we actually needed it. We got some pacifiers and a swing as gifts, both of which he hated, so I wish we tried the swing out with him at a friend’s house first or at the store before putting it on our registry and asked for more things such as bibs and receiving blankets.

    Fabulous post!!

    • Thank you for your comments.

      We made it a point to let people know not to load us with stuff. Diapers and wipes were what we asked for in mass since she goes through them quickly. We received a lot of clothes and felt guilty when we couldn’t get her into all the cute things before she grew out of them. We were able to pay it forward, though, making sure to give them to another new mom for her baby girl.
      Thank you for reading my article and I hope you look at and comment on other stuff I write, sharing where you can. The feedback and support make a big difference.

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