Growing up, I was VERY protective of my sibings. No one messed with them, except for me that is.

From bullying on the playground all the way down to when they got in trouble from our parents, I was their advocate. Always. 

In fact, during a speech at my sisters wedding, I took a walk down memory lane and reminded her of the time that I called up one of her school yard bullies and said “Hi, this is Jamie calling, Brittany's sister. I’m just calling to tell you to leave her alone or else” CLICK.

I’m not sure what the "ELSE" was. But thank-goodness neither of us needed to find out! 

Not much has changed since then. I still feel like their protector. I would make that same phone call to this day! 

So you can imagine when my sister gave birth to her sweet daughter Parker, this past December,  my big sister instincts were in full force. 

Right away I started dishing out the advice.

But it wasn’t as specific or over-bearing as either of us anticipated. As a mom myself, I knew that wouldn't be helpful. 

Instead, here are are the three things I told her:

 

1. Do what works for you. 

Don't get caught up in what the experts are saying, what your friends preach or the latest article on your Facebook Newsfeed. Follow your motherly instincts, and everything will be okay.

Always remember, you are the expert on your own family! 

2. Take Mom Breaks 

Yes, you are a Mom now, but you are still YOU. 

Make sure you take time to do the things you love.

Make sure you carve out time for your relationship, and spend time with your husband sans kids! 

Even though you will feel guilty at first, soon you will see that Mom Breaks make you a better Mom. 

3. Choose the right baby bottles 

I tried not to push my favourite products on my sister, respecting that every mom is different. However the one product I did tell her was a MUST have was the Philips Avent Natural Bottles

WHY? 

  • They come with a natural shaped nipple which is great if you’re switching back and forth from breast to bottle (can we get an AMEN for Dad's doing the midnight feed?) Initially nipple confusion was a huge concern for both of us, but with Phillips Avent's natural shaped nipples, neither of us have had issues switching back and forth.
     
  • They aren’t like those narrow bottles that are impossible to clean. The wide neck makes it easy to ensure that you get all the leftover milk out (especially in those situations where a used bottle gets left in the diaper bag and not discovered until a few days later YUCK)
     
  • And they have an anti colic valve which prevents air from getting into your babe's tummy when feeding. For me this was huge because with so many little people helping out with our feeding, I was concerned about her getting too much air. 

What about you? What type of advice for you have for new moms? 

... and in the meantime... whether you're parenting a newborn, a teenager or anywhere in between, don't forget to take those Mom Breaks! You've gotta keep that cup full! Your kids will thank-you for it!  

 

P.S. I recently hooked my sister up with some Philips Avent bottles, and I'd love to do the same for you. All you have to do is sign up for the GIVEAWAY below! 

Good Luck! 

Disclosure: I received compensation for this post as an ambassador with Philips Avent and PTPA, however the advice and opinions expressed are my own, as I only work with companies I genuinely love and would recommend to my friends and family. 

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