Putting Baby First during the First Year

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It’s Babywise Blog Network (BFBN) Week again! All week, we’ll be featuring blog posts from other Babywise-friendly blogs. The schedule is as follows:

Today’s post is from Emily over at The Journey of Parenthood. Emily’s post is on her policy for how things run in her home when she has a baby. Emily says,

While the first year is wonderful and filled with many sweet moments, lovely memories, and precious times it is also a tough time. Learning about your baby. Learning who they are, their personality, their likes and dislikes, their temperament, etc. There is a lot of guess and check and a lot of unknowns. Worries. Concerns. 
It is also a year of sacrifices.

I find this to be so true, also. Especially about the sacrifice part. A baby requires sacrifice for every member of the family. I think we can often feel guilty about that, but as my husband pointed out to me when I was pregnant with Brinley, it isn’t a bad thing for children to learn to sacrifice (see Pregnancy and the Guilt). Emily lists some ideas for how to make it work for all members of the family. 

For posts on how I manage older children and babies, see Managing Baby Plus Older Kids’ Activities. You can also see Adding Baby To The Family–A Balanced ApproachWelcoming Baby to the Family, and Babywise With Baby Plus Older Child.


Valerie, also known as The Babywise Mom, is the mother to four children. She has been blogging on Babywise and general parenting since 2007. She has a degree in technical writing and loves using those skills to help parents be the best parents they can be! Read her book, The Babywise Mom Nap Guide, to get help on sleep from birth through the preschool years. You can also find her writing at Babywise.life, Today Parenting, and Her View From Home. Read more about Valerie and her family on the About page. Follow her on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram for more tips and helps.

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1 Comment

  1. Jessica Foster
    March 15, 2013 / 3:04 PM

    I'm pregnant with my first baby! I'm very nervous about all these "unknowns" lol. I have no idea what to expect or how hard it will be. Thank you for the post!Check out my blog if you'd like..http://www.thenwere3.com

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