16 'Don't Sweat It' Tips for New Parents

Take advice from parents who've been there, done that. We asked the experienced moms and dads among Parents readers and editors what "don't sweat it" tips they would give to first-timers. Benefit from their wisdom!

Take advice from parents who've been there, done that. We asked the experienced moms and dads among 'Parents' readers and editors what "don't sweat it" tips they would give to first-timers. Benefit from their wisdom!

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The Best 'Don't Sweat It' Advice

"Every child is ready for potty training at different ages. Encourage and stick to it, but remember it can take months." —April Gaietto

"Believe in yourself as a parent and understand most social media posts that other parents do are just the highlights. Even the best 'Pinterest Mom' has nights she wonders if she is doing it right." —Sanja Boor

"Every child is different. They don't hit the same milestones at the same time. As long as the pediatrician is not worried you shouldn't be!" —Jaimie Davidson

"Don't sweat getting everything on your registry before the baby arrives. Remember that many old-fashioned, don't-jinx-things people prefer to send a gift when the baby arrives. Also, most registry spots offer a "completion discount," or a nice percentage off anything still left on your list once the baby is born, as long as you buy the item yourself. So if you end up picking up some things a few weeks in, the bright side is you'll get them cheaper!" —Jessica Hartshorn, Entertainment Editor, Parents

"Take advice on how to raise your little one with a grain of salt. You get to make that call ultimately no matter how much you get nagged! Times have changed and so has parenting." —Clarissa Contreras

"Don't worry about an over-the-top first birthday party. They aren't going to remember it, it's overstimulating to the them and it's exhausting. My daughter fell asleep before we even cut the cake." —Felicia Hasse

"Don't sweat packing! Just keep diapers, wipes, snacks, toys, and a change of clothes in your car ALWAYS." —Monica Warner

"Breastfeed for as long as you reasonably can, and don't feel guilty when you quit. Bottle-fed babies are healthy too." —Diane Debrovner, Deputy Editor, Parents

"Not getting out enough—sometimes you'll just be too tired to have a life outside the family the first year. It gets better. Also, having a clean house. Who cares?" —Elaine Zamonski

"Don't obsess over the lack of sleep. It is only temporary." —Jill Berkas Anderson

"Don't buy/carry a big diaper bag. You end up caring around way more than you need." —Rori Losales

"Realize that every baby/child develops at their own pace. Don't stress if your friend's baby that is the same age as yours is crawling, walking, etc. before yours." —Sara Knapp

"If you have to leave the house in the same clothes as yesterday (which you also happened to wear to bed last night) and you only had time for a baby-wipe bath... it's all good, it happens to everybody." —Alyson Veit

"Don't worry if you don't love every moment of being a parent. Find a friend you can be really, truly honest with about what is great, what is hard, and what is downright terrifying. Being a new parent can be lonelier than you expect; this helps!"—Suzanne Hilser-Wiles

"Don't just watch your little one grow up through your camera lens, enjoy the moments in real life!" —Teri Yackley

"Trust your instincts and remember your child is their own person. Comparison is the thief of joy." —Dorin Campbell

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