When you first have a baby, you’re bombarded with advice. But when you actually have the baby, you might find that it would’ve been helpful to know of X, Y, and Z. How is it possible that every piece of unsolicited advice you receive didn’t include this very pertinent information?

One mama went through this after having her first son. In fact, there were so many of these that she decided to draft up an extensive list of 27 things she wished she knew beforehand.

If you’re planning to have a baby in the near future, we recommend saving this list somewhere—it has resonated with many new moms who can vouch for these important tidbits!

  1. A good night’s sleep WILL return

    “You will in fact sleep again. Someday.”

  2. Fed is best

    “Breastmilk is really good for babies. So is formula. Do what you gotta do. They’re your boobs, it’s your baby.”

  3. Screen time is not the enemy

    “Make sure whatever your kids are watching is age-appropriate, then sit back and drink your coffee in peace. (Also, prepare yourself to have at least one cartoon theme song stuck in your head at all times).

  4. Baby shoes always get lost

    “I know those baby shoes are sooo cute, but put them back. Your baby will wear them exactly one time before the left one goes missing forever.”

  5. Chicken nuggets are your friend

    “Always have an extra large bag of chicken nuggets waiting in the freezer for quick lunches or nights you’re too tired to cook dinner.”

  6. ALWAYS bring a change of clothes for your baby

    “The one time you forget to take an extra change of clothes for your baby will be the one time she has a massive blow out in public. You’ve been warned.”

  7. Decisions are parents’ to make

    “The only people who need to approve of your parenting decisions are you and your spouse. YOU are the parent. As long as you have the best interests of your children at heart, ignore the naysayers.”

  8. Trust your intuition

    “It’s almost always right and it’s a valuable gift.”

  9. Don’t worry about dressing them nicely for appointments

    “The pediatrician isn’t going to judge you if your kid is wearing mismatched socks at his well-check appointment.”

  10. Only trust Google sometimes

    “Google can be both your best friend and your worst enemy when it comes to researching your kids’ well-being.”

  11. You will make mistakes

    “Push the guilt aside, and do better the next time around.”

  12. Say “Yes” to the Target dollar bins

    The $1 craft projects in the dollar spot at Target are sanity-savers and boredom-busters for the toddler years of stay-at-home-motherhood. Throw a couple into your cart every time you’re there. You’re welcome.

  13. Never say never

    The list of things you “would NEVER do” as a parent will get shorter and shorter as time goes by. It’s okay to laugh at pre-kid-you’s optimism and ‘insight.’”

  14. Be aware of your mood

    “Your mood rubs off on your kids 90% of the time. If you’re struggling with their behavior, take a look at your own.”

  15. Don’t commit to pancake shapes

    “Make the pancake before you decide which shape to tell your kid it is. Accidental ‘dinosaur pancakes’ are a whole lot easier to make than intentional ones.”

  16. Stop putting pressure on yourself to have a spotless home

    “No one who has ever had kids expects your house to be spotless—you’re the only one putting that pressure on yourself. Keep your house as clean or as messy as YOU are comfortable with.”

  17. Post as many baby photos of you want

    “Anyone who gets tired of seeing photos of your kids on social media or elsewhere can choose to keep scrolling. Don’t feel awkward about being proud of your kids. Show those babies off!”

  18. Don’t forget your worth

    “Your kids are just as lucky to have you as you are to have them.”

  19. A picture with everyone looking is gold

    “If you ever get a photo of your whole family looking at the camera at the same time, frame that sucker. You might not get another until your kids are all teenagers.”

  20. You’re always missing them when you’re apart

    “Even when you swear up and down that you are SO READY for a break from your kids, you’ll find yourself missing them when you’re apart.”

  21. Pajama parties are underrated

    “The best days are the days when everyone in the family stays in their pajamas. Cherish them.”

  22. You’ll love ALL of their personality

    “Loving your kids in all of their forms is 95% of a job well done.”

  23. Prioritize your relationship with your spouse

    “Marriage is a tough job and throwing a baby into the equation will rock the boat more than you ever imagined. Keep working at it; your spouse is worth it.”

  24. Get a solid loungewear outfit

    “Find your favorite kind of sweatpants or yoga pants and buy two pairs for the days you’re behind on laundry (AKA, every day).”

  25. Stop comparing yourself

    “Don’t be fooled—no one has it all together all of the time.”

  26. You are a good mom

    “SUCH a good mom. Extraordinary, really. There will be many days when you forget that, but that doesn’t make it any less true.”

  27. Perfection is not the goal

    “You don’t have to be perfect for your kids to really, really, REALLY love you.”

What’s something you’d add to the list that you wish you knew before you had kids?