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Parenthood Survival Secrets From Real Moms

Whether it’s asking for help or shopping for clothes, we asked moms who’ve been there, done that.

Be vocal

“I’ll relax more with my second child. I wouldn’t let anyone hold my firstborn when I got home from the hospital and was so worried that someone would drop her, especially my grandparents. Also, if I want to hold my baby, I’ll speak up! I know people are excited about new babies, but I’ve carried him for nine months, so I need my moments—and I won’t be afraid to say so.” —Miranda K.

Ask for help

“I would have hired a helper sooner (I waited until my third baby). Don’t try to be a hero—you need sleep to function and take care of others. This is particularly true if your family doesn’t live nearby.” —Marisa L.

Shop smart

“We weren’t prepared when baby arrived early and weighed a bit less than our doctor estimated she would when we took her home. I suggest buying a few different diaper and outfit sizes so you have some variety.” —Dori S.

Prepare food

“Cook and freeze meals before your due date for that first week home. You won’t have time to go grocery shopping.” —Lisa P.

Exercise daily

“I speed walk for 30 minutes a day while listening to music or an audiobook. It’s a relaxing way to have some ‘me’ time. I also hear it’s an easier, low-impact, way of losing weight once baby arrives.” —Ally E.

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