Now that she's a mom, the former Miss Teen USA, actress, and TV host shares what she's learned about raising a baby.
The last time Parents.com spoke with Vanessa Lachey, she was busy preparing for the arrival of her baby boy with 98 Degrees singer Nick Lachey. Fast-forward a year and this new mom is busy doting on her adorable 9-month-old son, Camden. So what is little Camden up to these days, and how is Vanessa's experience as a mother? Parents sat down with her at the P&G Everyday Effect Program (pgeveryday.com or #EverydayEffect on Twitter) to find out.
The last time we chatted you were eight months pregnant. Now your new nickname is Mommy. How are you adjusting to motherhood?
I would like to think I'm adjusting well, especially since it's a job I have always wanted. Every single day it is an awesome blessing that I treasure.
This is your first time out, so there have to be some challenging moments. Would you describe one?
I try and surround myself with a great support system, so when I do come across these [difficult] moments, I know how to handle [them] -- getting Camden on a schedule, traveling, juggling work schedules, dealing with a teething issue, or getting into a routine.
You're teaming up with P&G to launch the Everyday Effect Program. What everyday products do you use for your son?
Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Sensitive Wipes, and Dreft.
You mentioned that Camden is teething. What products have you used to numb the pain?
Camden doesn't like anything ice cold on his gums, so all of those teething toys don't work. He also didn't like the pacifier, so we've been taking this one day at a time.
Babies do not come with an instructional manual. Did you rely on any books or resources to help guide you through the maze of parenting?
I read three books that I found extremely helpful -- Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child, by Marc Weissbluth, On Becoming Baby Wise, by Gary Ezzo and Robert Bucknam, and Baby 411, by Ari Brown and Denise Fields. Happy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child really explained to me the importance of sleep and why babies need to rest all night and nap during the day. It also described the importance of establishing a routine that can help you get your baby to sleep. Getting [Camden] into a pattern has its benefits. He goes down every night at 7:30, and he doesn't wake up until 8:00 the next morning. I take that time and devote it to my husband. We watch TV, eat dinner together, and just talk.
I also learned a lot from Baby 411, [which] is like a baby encyclopedia. Everything you need to know about having a baby is located in one place. Fever, colic, crying -- it has it all tapped out. I think of it as a quick reference guide.
Which books or toys keep Camden's attention?
I love books, especially the ones about Curious George. I love it when Camden can see the words, pictures, and pretty colors. Plus, Camden loves to turn the pages. However, Camden is a typical man, so he loves electronics. He loves the remote, my cell phone, anything that is high-tech (laughs).
How do you get Camden to socialize?
I take him out into the world and introduce him to as many people as I can. I take him with me to lunch, on a walk in the park, or on tour with his dad. Since Nick and I travel back and forth between Cincinnati and California, I think it is important to take Camden into different environments so he's not afraid or shy to go somewhere new.
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