I’ve been busy these past few months and I barely have time to touch on my blog. But here I am, good thing I am able to do it now because my 4yo is still asleep. As I scrolled through my Pinterest, I realized I hadn’t written anything about my experience being now a preschooler mom. That said I decided to write why I think the newborn stage (0-2 months) is probably my most favorite age of the baby.
Let’s talk about newborns: mostly, all they do is eat, sleep and cry. Trust me, between that and a preschooler who asks a thousand questions a day, I’d pick the former.
Here are some of the reasons why I think taking care of a newborn is easier:
- They don’t talk back
- They sleep after eating
- They eat after sleeping
- They stay put
- You don’t have to chase them around
- You can put them in a cot where you can see them and do what you want
- They’re cute and cuddly
- They have cute little clothes
- It’s easier to sniff them
- Easy to babywear them
Because newborns have limited movements, you don’t have to worry about them rolling over or falling off the bed. The baby scent is heavenly and you just can’t get enough of it. And since they’re so little they have tiny clothes that are easier to wash.
I remember getting up early and eagerly wanting to wash those cute little clothes. Slowly, those clothes got bigger and I’ve become lazy to wash them myself. Haha!
But with those favorite things about the newborn stage, there are also a few things that make me worry about them. Since newborn babies have an underdeveloped immune system, they are at risk for infections and diseases, which means you really need to be careful when taking your baby out. There’s the fact that you need frequent trips to the doctor (and frequent payments) for their vaccinations. And because they’re fragile, you are also worried about dropping them, especially when you’re a first-time mom. That’s how it went for me. But over time, you’ll learn how to be a pro at it.
I know a lot of parents would want to get it over with the sleepless nights that come with having a newborn. I may not understand it because I had an easy baby but I do know that some new parents have it hard. But I tell you, cherish the newborn stage when the child doesn’t play favorites yet or he/she hasn’t learned moves and words that you will find annoying. And don’t get me started with the “what” and “why’s” you will deal with every day once you have a grown baby that knows how to speak full sentences. I know it’s cliche to say “they grow up so fast,” but that’s really true and there’s no other way of saying it.
If you’re a first-time mom who’s enjoying your easy newborn, that’s wonderful. If you feel like you’re losing it, hang in there. It’ll pass. You’re a mom. You’re strong and you’re capable! You can do it.
What is your favorite baby age? Let me know in the comments!