I think we can all agree Kourtney Kardashian seems to be the most chill sister in her famous family. So it's no wonder the mama of three has some awesome advice for new moms who may be feeling a bit overwhelmed.
"I remember when I was pregnant with Mason, my mom would always be like, 'Why isn't the room painted? Where is the crib? Where is this or that?' And I was like, 'People used to have babies in caves; it's going to be okay,'" Kourtney said in an interview with The New Potato.
The star does have a point. Sometimes, moms, we just need to chill out. The same holds true when it comes to going out and about with kids on a daily basis. Kourtney offers this advice about packing a diaper bag:
"Don't worry if your diaper bag isn't perfectly packed with all the things you need," she says, adding, "As time went on, I started to just leave the house without it. I would bring the essentials or just throw a couple things in my purse instead of this huge thing, with blankets and extra sweaters. I was like, 'Let's just live life and not carry a million things around.'"
Funny, I've recently taken a similar approach with editing what I lug around. With kid #1, I would stuff my diaper bag with at least two extra changes of clothes, a billion diapers, wipes, back-up wipes, snacks, toys, and more. By kid #3, I've gotten into the habit of just tossing two diapers and a small container of wipes in my purse.
If the kids get hungry, we grab a snack. If someone needs a change of clothes, we swing home. It's about going with the flow now, instead of planning for the contingency plan for the contingency plan.
And if something goes wrong, like my toddler spills water all over her pants, I don't freak out. We can handle this. Her shirt is long enough that it looks like a dress anyway—problem solved.
Ultimately, Kourtney says, "I think it's about staying calm and trusting your instincts." Amen!
Meanwhile, the reality star admits she and sister Kim Kardashian West each have their own parenting style and ways of handling the many obstacles that come their way with kids: "It's not even bickering; we just have different ways of doing things. So even if it's things with our kids, we'll talk to each other about it. I'll say, 'I think I want to do this, this way,' and then she wants to do something that way."
Again, it's about trusting your instincts. Because we know our own kids better than anyone else. So we've just got to get out there and tackle each new day with the confidence that we know what we're doing. And we don't even need 400-pound diaper bags to pull off our mommy magic!
Melissa Willets is a writer/blogger and a mom. Follow her on Twitter (@Spitupnsuburbs), where she chronicles her love of exercising and drinking coffee, but never simultaneously.