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Life with Baby

Life With a Newborn: 12 Smart Tips

Parents who've been there share their best advice

What's the one piece of intel you wished you'd known before you had a baby? We asked parents who've been there for their best tips. Here's what they shared:

1. “Always bring extra outfits in the diaper bag. You never know when your kid might need a change of clothes.” —Steven

2. “The things that we worry about as parents are unimportant to our children. All children want is love and attention.” —Lovelee

3. “Delegate the housework to all eager helping hands—and don’t be picky about how they get it done.” —Katie

4. “Listen to others' advice but trust your instincts as a parent. No child is the same as the next.” —Sarah

5. “It’s easy to forget about yourself when you’re busy taking care of a newborn and adjusting to being a mom. So, find something you enjoy doing and make it a priority to have some me time once in a while." —Brittney

6. “If your baby won’t fall asleep, check the diaper first. Even if you just changed it!” —Patty

7. “Not everything is gonna get done in one day. Enjoy your baby and leave the rest for tomorrow!” —Stephanie

8. “Always have wipes on hand. They’re good for anything, from diaper changes to mopping up the juice box squeezed down the backseat of the car.” —Brittni

9. “Try to be more of a ‘go with the flow’ kind of person. You will find a way to make it work, even if it takes a little longer to accomplish.” —Jocelyn

10. “Nap when they nap! So many people try to get things done, but don’t worry about it. It’s best to get the rest!”—Shannon

11. “If your baby is constantly peeing through diapers at night, go up a size in diapers. I wish I knew that the first time around—it would have saved me a lot of laundry.” —Amanda

12. “Everything with babies is a phase: Baby waking up every hour, every night? That’s a phase, and it will pass." —Ashley