1. Lisa

    I so so agree! I know as a first time mom you want to do everything right and doing more feels like your accomplishing more but in reality changing wet diapers less often and bathing infrequently means you have more time to actually spend enjoying your kids. The only thing that changed for me when I started having more kids was baby proofing. With my first, I didn’t baby proof anything because like you I was with her all the time. After my second was born I realized that I needed to have locks on anything that I didn’t want my kids playing in. Ie, kitchen cabinets. My first would ask if she could play kitchen w the pots and I normally said yes. She was so cute and I didn’t mind washing 10 pots after she was done. My second child could empty every lower cabinet in the amount of time it takes to throw a load in the wash and it wasn’t cute to disinfect every dish several times a day. So for me baby proofing is about my sanity, not baby safety. 🙂

    • ashleybbass

      Such good advice! I’m sure I’ll find that to be true when my newest little one becomes mobile! Thank you for sharing 🙂

  2. Julia

    Love this. I’m 15 weeks pregnant with my first and I love reading blogs that tell it to me straight! We all grow up thinking we HAVE to do things like this and like that. My husband and I try to live a more minimalist life with less “STUFF” and more experiences and this post really speaks to that! Love the bit about less clothes and more nakey diaper days! Always thought that was cute as heck anyway!

    • ashleybbass

      Julia, I totally agree! We are trying to do more experiences with out boys too. I’m glad you enjoyed! Keep following!

  3. Just came across your blog… one of my fave bits of advice is… if the baby’s bum is red, let it air out! We live in the middle of no where, so as long as it’s warm enough she’s out in the backyard wearing her birthday suit… cuz seeing that little bum trying to escape is super cute!

    • ashleybbass

      I love that, Mary! Same here! My boy is always nakey, haha. And yes, I’ve heard that it can really help with diaper rash too. Great tip!

  4. Lauda

    I agree with 3 of these ideas except for the no baby proofing. I am so glad we took the couple hours to baby proof our house when our son started crawling. I knew he was safe and I didn’t have to follow him around telling him no and taking him away from things. Especially since he is determined and telling him no meant just about nothing to him. I hope that parents remember that bolting furniture and tv to the walls can save lives.

    • ashleybbass

      Lauda, I’m definitely seeing the need for this more once you have multiple kiddos. My youngest is crawling early and into everything, so it’s hard to keep an eye on him every second! And I TOTALLY agree about anchoring furniture. That’s a must. 🙂

  5. Bianca

    So glad to hear this. I’m about to be a new mom and have been wandering about all this stuff since I’ve never had a child of my own and I am usually laid back about the small stuff but it always makes you feel somewhat guilty. Happy to know I don’t have to stress too much.

    • ashleybbass

      Bianca, YES! I know exactly what you mean about feeling a little guilty when we let the little things slide, but mamas just can’t be overly particular about every thing! There’s too much fun to be had with our babies to obsess over it all! I’m so glad you enjoyed the post. I’d love for you to follow along for more!

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