The 10 Biggest Mommy Regrets

Parenting is a learning experience — that’s for sure. Read on as Bumpies share what they wish they could have done differently with their little bundles of joy.
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Updated March 2, 2017
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Nobody likes regrets, but when you’re a new mom or dad and every day presents a new challenge, you’re bound to face a few fumbles. Here, Bumpies sound off on some of the top things they wish they could change about their own parenting (cue Cher’s “If I Could Turn Back Time”). And don’t be so hard on yourself — LO won’t remember any of these new-mom blips (yes, really).

“I haven’t made baby books for any of my three kids. Now, I don’t remember exactly what their first word was or when they first crawled or walked. I have tons of pictures but haven’t done anything with them — I’m the worst procrastinator!” — UGAbride

“When LO crawled for the first time, I took a ton of photos. I wish I had taken a video, though, since DH was at work and didn’t get to experience it for himself.” — _MrsJazzAirForceWife

“Babies are more receptive to bottle feedings in the second month than they are later in life, which I totally didn’t realize. I was so worried about messing with our breastfeeding mojo that by the time I was ready for baby to start drinking from a bottle, he refused! No matter how hard we tried, we couldn’t get him to take one. He eventually caught on, but it was tough!” — stella494

“I regret not joining a new-mom support group sooner. I went back to work after 12 weeks, so I figured, why bother? But it’s so important to get that support right from the start.” — jgbump

“I wish we would have taped the birth. I had my eyes closed from the pain, so I didn’t actually see him come out, which makes me sad.” — JKB1986

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“I regret not giving my first daughter a family name. Even though she’s almost two years old, I’ve seriously contemplated changing her name.” — ghm

“I take a ton of pictures, so all of my photos are with LO and DH. That means there are none of LO and me! Pick up the camera, hubby!” — bigalb25

“We named son number two Isaac but spelled it Izack. We didn’t care for the traditional spelling, but we do pronounce it the traditional way. Now, so many people pronounce his name as “I-Zack.” I understand why they do it, but it still really bothers me.” — mlc92404

“I regret thinking I’d need a big nursery and fancy, overpriced items to make my son happy.” —@missmarchmommy

“I should have taken weekly bump pictures when I was pregnant to show LO where he came from.” — Legaleagles

“If I could go back in time, I would give LO my last name.” —@kelley248

Please note: The Bump and the materials and information it contains are not intended to, and do not constitute, medical or other health advice or diagnosis and should not be used as such. You should always consult with a qualified physician or health professional about your specific circumstances.

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