The Best Advice I’ve Ever Received As a New Mom + Stroller Giveaway!

From the moment I put my life on the Internet, I’ve been met with strangers’ advice on all aspects of my life starting with getting engaged, planning a wedding, marriage tips, and especially when I became a Mom. A few years later and thousands of wanted (and unwanted) opinions later, I’ve learned to take the positive with the negative and heed constructive criticism as it comes. It took a while for me to determine the difference between what I could actually implement in my life from those that were coming from a good place between opinions that were coming from a place of judgment. Although sometimes it can be frustrating, I’ve received some of the most valuable and helpful advice from other Moms on the internet that I wanted to share in today’s post. These tips have really changed the way I’ve parented my child, grown as a woman, and built up our family unit throughout the past two years.

Trust your Motherly instincts. This seems like a no brainer and so many Moms gave me this advice especially throughout the first year of Annabelle’s life. At the time I was vlogging pretty much every other day about our experiences with co-sleeping, breastfeeding, and basically anything that would come up as a new Mom. It was hard hearing so many opinions at the time because I didn’t really understand what “motherly instincts” were so I’d ask for advice from other Moms. While I know most Moms come from a good place because they have gone through this stage once (or multiple times) before, it started to get confusing because what one Mom felt so strongly about, the other would disregard it. I started to realize that what could be a good path for one Mom might not be the same for the other. Although most all of the Moms who watched me at the time sleep trained their children, but deep down I knew that wasn’t something I was ready to do so it tormented me at the time because I was so torn. After months of going back and forth, I realized I needed to embrace the path that would give my entire family the most peace and it’s been the best decision we’ve made.

You can’t spoil a baby. Another piece of advice I kept receiving was “you need to put the baby down, baby wear her less, and hold her less so she gains independence”. Whenever I put Annabelle down to play and she would cry for me to pick her up, I’d often question if it was because I held her too much because everyone kept telling me so. Now that she is almost 2 years old and I’ve seen how fast time flies by, I can now say with certainty, hold your baby!! Hold them as long and as much as you can because they are literally only babies for ONE year of their life. After that they want to run and be free and the days of rocking a squishy little snuggly baby are gone. I believe that raising an independent baby doesn’t come from holding or loving on them less (or “coddling” as so many people say), but it comes from gaining trust with your child that you’ll always be there. *At least that’s been the case with Annabelle. I know every child is so different.

Asking for help is a necessity. It’s impossible to do everything on your own. I always said in the back of my mind that first year postpartum “I chose to have this baby so I don’t need help from others because no one owes me anything.” Well, life’s not exactly like that and mental health is imperative to being a good Mom. You have friends and family and a support system for a reason and now is the time you need to call on them for help. This is the biggest life change you’ll ever go through so asking a friend or parent to watch your child for an hour while you sleep, paint your nails, go for a walk (alone), or just window shop can save your sanity for a week!

Postpartum anxiety isn’t postpartum depression. There is a clear difference and either can hit you at anytime whether it’s 1 month postpartum or 10. I had postpartum anxiety so bad at 4-7 months that when I once walked into a Target when Annabelle was so small she cried because the stroller made a loud noise over the bumps on the ground that catch carts at the entrance of the doors to the store so I turned around and went home. I couldn’t even take her crying for a second. I couldn’t press on through it. Anxiety is real! Talk to someone and join a Moms group. It will help you feel less isolated in your emotions.

These tips are so invaluable and although I have about a million more, I’ll save them for a video!:) Now onto the giveaway and our new stroller!

So many of you ask me for affordable stroller recommendations because as a new Mom, baby gadgets can get expensive! We have been using the Safety 1st RIVA Flex Modular 6-in-1 Travel System, currently available only at Target stores, ever since we got back from California and it’s truly amazing. It’s an all in one eco-friendly, lightweight system that is manufactured with recycled materials, including Safety 1st car seats, in Columbus, Indiana, and features six flexible ways to stroll, a lie-flat carriage and car seat! It’s such an incredible deal for Moms that I knew I had to share. We also love its safety features like its high impact frame that’s rigorously tested to ensure sturdiness and reliability and the onboard 35 FLX infant car seat with side impact protection. It’s super easy to break down and has a ton of storage at the bottom too!

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117 Comments

  1. Catherine
    October 5, 2018 / 5:24 am

    My mom advice would be to advocate for your child as well, if that means medically or in other ways. Family or even friends will think they know what is best for your child and the mother knows deep down what is best for her child. I have learned to not only listen to my mother’s instinct but to fight for my children and their best interests. Doctors can even think they know what is best but it is not always the case. Push through as a parent and listen to that deep gut instinct.

    • Araceli Gomez
      October 5, 2018 / 7:50 pm

      My best mom advice is to do what’s best for you and your baby. Ignore everyone else’s opinions only the mom knows what’s best for the child. My pet peeve is when non moms give judgemental advice when they don’t even know how it really is to be a mom. I’m currently pregnant with baby #2 and was told I have an ectopic pregnancy ?. Congrats on baby#2 may more blessing come to you and your family ?

  2. Chelsea Arrieta
    October 5, 2018 / 7:17 am

    My mom advice would be to trust your instincts. Never let the opinion of others dictate how you respond to a situation. My son has been sick and I always felt like a pain calling my pediatrician to be told it was a common cold or virus. But if I hadn’t of had him checked, it could of been something a lot worse.

  3. Tara
    October 5, 2018 / 7:17 am

    So many great points! I constantly just have to remind myself to take one day at a time, mom life is not easy! Tomorrow is another day for a fresh start.

  4. October 5, 2018 / 7:17 am

    My best advice is that your mom instinct is everything! Try not to question yourself or second guess!

  5. Lee
    October 5, 2018 / 7:19 am

    I’m not a mom yet but I would so love to get this for my future baby ?? I’m just trying to be as prepared as possible!

  6. Ashley Morosky
    October 5, 2018 / 7:21 am

    Entered! I’ll be a FTM at the end of next month, so this would be an amazing prize. Thanks for your advice on motherhood, I love your blog and video content!

  7. Kiara
    October 5, 2018 / 7:22 am

    I’m due on turkey day this year! I’m so obsessed with your blogs and YouTube and Instagram! Lol

  8. Kiara
    October 5, 2018 / 7:22 am

    I’m due on turkey day this year! I’m so obsessed with your blogs and YouTube and Instagram! Lol your an awesome mommy!

  9. Anna esmont
    October 5, 2018 / 7:24 am

    My advice is to Never feel guilty for taking time for yourself. It’s so easy to throw yourself into taking care of everyone else, you can forget about yourself. Self care is important for mental health.

  10. Yuliana Carr
    October 5, 2018 / 7:26 am

    I agree so much about you can’t spoil a baby. Everyone kept telling me I was spoiling my son to much because I was always holding him or cuddling him. Now that he’s almost 2 and he’s continuously on the run , it’s so hard to get some cuddles in now. Us mama’s have to enjoy every second!

  11. Melissa
    October 5, 2018 / 7:26 am

    Entered! I love watching your family and feel we follow the same parenting path so its always nice to watch a mom i can relate to.

  12. Jordan Moats
    October 5, 2018 / 7:27 am

    Entered!! I’m not a mom yet but would love to have it on hand for when that time comes!!

  13. Sabah
    October 5, 2018 / 7:28 am

    I absolutely love this post! As a first time mom-to-be very soon I’ll carry this advice with me for years to come. I’ve been following you for a really long time and you’re one of the realest and most reliable bloggers out there! ❤

  14. Nina metrakad
    October 5, 2018 / 7:29 am

    I totally agree with your advice! As a new mom of a 2month old, listening to my motherly instinct is I would say the most important. Also ask for help because it will ease your mind and make you happier in the end!

  15. Kelsie
    October 5, 2018 / 7:33 am

    My mom advice is to stick to what you know to be true and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. I had so many different people telling what I should be doing or how I should be acting with my child and it was so frustrating. I got through it by sticking to what I know to be true. I know my baby best! I don’t have Facebook but wanted to comment and attempt to enter to win anyways 🙂

  16. Anette
    October 5, 2018 / 7:34 am

    My best mom advice is to let your child have their own voice. Yes winning and tantrums are annoying and we pray they won’t happen in public. However, our children are just learning how to communicate and sometimes they feel too much at the same time to be able to process. So yes, it is embarrassing to have a toddler make a scene, but it’s far more important to let them express themselves and help them navigate through their emotions. Who cares what other people think..

  17. Jennifer Gonzalez
    October 5, 2018 / 7:35 am

    My best advice is to trust your instincts but also not to taking things too seriously. I am my biggest critic and sometimes I find that I judge myself too harshly and set unrealistic standards and I’ve learned now in the few months that I’ve been a mother that I cannot control everything. So I’ve been trying to just not be so strict and serious and go with the flow a little more.

  18. Caitlin
    October 5, 2018 / 7:39 am

    My mom advice has to be don’t forget to breath! As moms we tend to be in constant go mode! There’s always a never ending list of things to do. It’s so important to take a step back, pat yourself on the back for everything you do and breath.

  19. Elise
    October 5, 2018 / 7:41 am

    I love this post Hayley! I am due with my first baby in March & I feel like I already needed to hear some of these things! Love you & im so excited for this giveaway (and baby#2’s arrival ;))

  20. Maria diaz
    October 5, 2018 / 7:42 am

    Oh my my 5 month old baby would enjoy this stroller ❤️? we love you guys been here since day one

  21. Cece
    October 5, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Girl I got emotional at the part with the dang bumps in front of target. Melody had the exact same meltdown in the exact same spot. I went home too, all the feels in this post. You’re doing fabulously and beautifully lady! Keep it up!

  22. Savina Ivanova
    October 5, 2018 / 7:44 am

    Best advice i was given was that every child was different. You cant really do what others are doing with their kids as yours could be totally different. When you were pregnant with Annabelle i just got married. The you gave birth and i became pregnant ? Now a little bit freaking out that it might happen again and i dont think im ready for a second.

  23. Lupita
    October 5, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I 100% agree with all your advice! Especially the hold your baby as much as you can one! My little one just turned one and already it’s getting harder and harder to hold him without him wiggling around, trying to get down on the ground to explore! I will forever cherish all those movement where I held him clothes to my chest ? my mom tip is to trust yourself. I had no idea what I was doing almost all the time but I loved my baby and everything turned out ok!(:

  24. Paola Begay
    October 5, 2018 / 7:47 am

    My advice is every parenting style is different. People are driven to do things in very different ways, and even though everyone will always have an opinion, I don’t believe any parenting style is wrong. If you are taking care of your child physically, mentally, and emotionally you are doing an amazing job already and raising a good person. The first and best thing we can teach our kids is not to pass judgement on the way people choose to live their life (or raise their children), for when they grow up the world will be full of differences.

  25. Gia
    October 5, 2018 / 7:50 am

    This post was so helpful! I will be a FTM and will definitely be referencing this and look forward to the video!

  26. Stephanie
    October 5, 2018 / 7:56 am

    Thanks for talking about postpartum anxiety!! There is a huge difference between anxiety and depression. I experienced it first hand and it was hard to overcome but I was able to reach out to friends and it helped tremendously!! Liked and entered! That stroller looks awesome!!

  27. Sparkly jewels
    October 5, 2018 / 8:10 am

    Comment of the day: Long time viewer here and fellow cosleeper of a 19 month old son. Love your content and the wonderful Facebook group you’ve created!

  28. Annie Chavez
    October 5, 2018 / 8:12 am

    I appreciate the advice of “postpartum anxiety is not postpartum depression”, although I dealt more with PP PTSD I have been having anxiety on and off. It’s so easy to get “lost” in your baby and forget about yourself and your mental emotional health. I’ve been trying to have a “schedule “ for myself not baby that I follow as best I can and it gives me purpose outside of being mom.keeps me feeling like an individual! Love your videos your blogs your sweet family! Thank you for always staying true to yourself!

  29. Michelle
    October 5, 2018 / 8:12 am

    Best advice is just to folllow your heart and do what feels right for you. I feel like everyone has to have an input now days to a new mom and it just overwhelms us and consume us and we question if we are doing what is right.

  30. Brianna
    October 5, 2018 / 8:21 am

    I love all of these tips, as a first time mom you definitely get A LOT of unwanted and wanted advice. ? I love that all of us moms can raise our babies different ways and support each other. ❤️

  31. Maria Mendoza :)
    October 5, 2018 / 8:25 am

    My golden mommy advice would be to take care of yourself too. MAKE time for yourself because you can’t pore from an empty cup. Feeling refreshed helps you be a better mom all around.

  32. October 5, 2018 / 8:26 am

    Done 🙂 and your tips are perfect. I have found the same to be true so far, 4 months into mom life!

  33. Tania Garcia
    October 5, 2018 / 8:30 am

    My best advice is that your most precious gift is always going to be worth the hard times. Sometimes we think motherhood is too hard and we can’t make it through the day but looking into those tiny eyes staring up at your like “that’s my hero, my mom” makes everything completely worth it. I always thought that I could do everything on my own but honestly having the extra help made a huge difference because I knew that I would feel much better about caring for my baby if someone helped me with my baby while I showered or ate or anything me time. Our babies are never gonna be this little again and it’s this time we need to take advantage of and enjoy the extra cuddle time or the fussy stages or the plain simple smiles they give you for no reason. I learned a lot with the Facebook group, things I didn’t even have a clue existed, it’s helped me become a better mom and I love learning something new everyday.

  34. Jessica
    October 5, 2018 / 8:32 am

    I dont know which I love more, your blog or your YouTube channel! Addicted!!

  35. Hend abou
    October 5, 2018 / 8:43 am

    Entered! And this is an amazing tips, Thank you Hayle for all your advices and my only advice is as they said before me go with your mom instinct and don’t forget to give yourself some “me time”. it’s a MUST for me to be able to handle it. I feel dramatic and I only have an 18 month old boy ? can’t imagine what it will be with another one ?

  36. Catherine
    October 5, 2018 / 8:47 am

    I’m due with my first in early February. I don’t have any motherly advice just yet, but my mom did give me a great bit of advice the other day. She told me to always allow my children to express their feelings and to listen to them. Thinking back, I realized that she always did exactly that, and that’s why we have such an open relationship. I’ve never felt afraid to tell her what was on my mind, and I’ve always been welcomed with love and support.
    I found your blog/channel when all of my friends started having babies last year. I have found your journey and all of your advice so helpful when contemplating how I’ll be raising my daughter. I never thought I’d find myself identifying so strongly with attachment parenting, but you’ve made me a believer! Thank you for all the great advice!

  37. Janet
    October 5, 2018 / 8:48 am

    Love all of your advice. I’m not a mom yet, but it’s a deep desire of mine. Hopefully one day we can find our way around PCOS. I’ve been following you and your husband for about 2 years now! Congratulations on your new baby girl ?

  38. Lilian
    October 5, 2018 / 8:48 am

    The best mom advice I have received and given is to do what works for you. I learned that just because something worked for the mom next to me doesn’t mean that it would work for me. It has taken anxiety away. It has made me a better mom and a happy mom.

  39. LauraAnn Bridges
    October 5, 2018 / 8:50 am

    I just subscribed. So far I am enjoying the blog. I am due early in 2019 & look forward to any information I can get. I have been reading a lot and learning.

    Thank You.

  40. Vanessa
    October 5, 2018 / 8:51 am

    Trust your instinct!!! You are the one and only person who knows your child. If you feel they are/are not ready for something, you be the judge and make a decision!!

  41. Paige
    October 5, 2018 / 8:53 am

    Entered! I Love watching your videos we don’t relate 100% because im a single mom but i still love to watch and love your idc attitude about what others say about your parenting choices! You have helped me get over negative comments on co sleeping

  42. Berenice
    October 5, 2018 / 9:02 am

    My favorite advice is to hold and enjoy your baby, they do grow up way to fast! Household chores can wait!

  43. Mayra
    October 5, 2018 / 9:07 am

    I have a 16 month old and I’m still breastfeeding and he is still sleeping with me!! && yes I get judged my many many people even including some moms *eyeroll lol I did plan this motherhood so differently but what I’ve learned is planning does not coming with motherhood and to treasure every day because they do grow up so fast! Thanks for being such an open book! I’ve learned a lot from your vlogs!

  44. Lauren Syphus
    October 5, 2018 / 9:14 am

    Love your advice, totally agree that you can’t spoil a baby – they are only little once! Entered your contest, looks like an amazing stroller!

  45. Rebekah
    October 5, 2018 / 9:15 am

    entered!
    I’m so glad you mentioned the “you can’t spoil a baby”
    I’ve adopted an attachment parenting style (even tho pre-baby it was everything I swore I’d never do lol) and I second guessed myself along the way. When he turned 1 is when I really felt the pressures of what society was telling me to do. I started to feel like I was failing him until I really thought about it and realized I’m doing what feels natural for both him and I. My main goal until he starts preschool is to make sure he feels so fiercely loved and supported that the big world seems so much less scary because he knows I’ve got his back so he isn’t afraid to venture out.

    Besides 1 day the cuddles will stop and 1 day he won’t want to sleep in my bed so I had better enjoy it now while I can!!!

  46. Elizabeth
    October 5, 2018 / 9:18 am

    Hi Hayley, love the advice and agree on all of it thank you for always keeping it so real with us ?

  47. Kaleigh M
    October 5, 2018 / 9:27 am

    This is such great advice and I really relate to it! I am due on Thanksgiving with my second little boy and my first is 19 months. I enjoy watching your story unfold so similar to my own.

  48. Maria del pilar
    October 5, 2018 / 9:41 am

    Loooove everything about this post

  49. Alicia
    October 5, 2018 / 9:43 am

    I am a new mom of a soon to be 9 month. It has been the best gift of my life. My husband and I tryed for 2 years till we finally convinced her. At 10 weeks old our home burnt down in a fire and this little one has not left my side. I’m so blessed we made it out okay. I am very much an attachment parent and I wouldn’t want it any other way. I need my daughter just as much as she needs me. Thank you for sharing your life with us.

  50. Sarah P
    October 5, 2018 / 9:47 am

    I love all of your advice! My advice would be to never second guess yourself. Your gut instinct is usually always right 🙂

  51. Allison
    October 5, 2018 / 10:00 am

    I love all of your advice! As a stay at home and work from home momma of two I can definetly agree with asking for help!

  52. Angela Clelland
    October 5, 2018 / 10:00 am

    Best mom advise is to try not be perfect I was always trying to keep things the way they were before kids …clean house …laundry always done etc babies grow so fast don’t sweat the small stuff clean the house tomorrow or the day after…

  53. Kristin Wright
    October 5, 2018 / 10:21 am

    My mom advice is to have patients and enjoy the ride. Im a first time mom and had my baby shortly after you had sweet little Annabelle❤️ Motherhood is never boring, they grow so quickly. I cant wait to see your new little girl! Thank you for the chance at a giveaway!

  54. Bluann
    October 5, 2018 / 10:26 am

    I can say that watching you for a few years and seeing your journey into motherhood has been inspiring. Thanks for this advice! I’m 25 weeks pregnant with my first (it’s a boy!) and I’m just feeling overwhelmed by all the info and things I should do and shouldn’t do and buy and shouldn’t buy…but you are an influencer I do trust so it’s great to see you out here doing your thing and thriving!!! Thanks for sharing and being so real!

  55. Hla
    October 5, 2018 / 10:29 am

    Entered!

    The best advice I got was to let my baby explore freely and learn (everything around her has to be safe of course). It’s easy to take things away from her that would make a mess or tell her “no” without thinking so I always try to keep that advice in mind. I want her to use all her senses and learn as much as she can about everything around her. I try to think of learning opportunities even for her as a baby. I am here to guide her and teach her about the world not to keep her from exploring. This will be even more important as she gets older, but I try to implement it now as well so I can always have that mindset.

    Second best advice I got was to relax! Every baby is different and what works for one won’t work for all of them. I was an anxious mess when I had her and this helped me trust my decisions more and let go a little.

  56. Amy Perry
    October 5, 2018 / 10:36 am

    Love all your advice! The days are long but the years are short.

  57. Courtney
    October 5, 2018 / 10:57 am

    Just discovered your page and entered the giveaway!

  58. Hechelle Lynne
    October 5, 2018 / 11:07 am

    Love reading this blog! Motherhood is such a Blessing, with the upsides and downsides of it. Love the advice!

  59. Jenn
    October 5, 2018 / 11:11 am

    I am the mom of a 22 year old son and due in Jan with a daughter. Yes ? I know.. lol
    My best advice is no matter what.. don’t ever regret anything you ever did for your child. As they say hindsight is 20/20. We have to have peace in the knowledge that what we did at the time was the best we knew.

  60. October 5, 2018 / 11:16 am

    I didn’t know that feeling of anxiety had a name! Glad I’m not alone and I’ve definitely experienced it many times. ( especially turning around to go home or canceling plans )

    I hope I win! Mylene hates her current stroller and I’ve been looking for a new one *fingers crossed*

  61. Maddy
    October 5, 2018 / 11:18 am

    Entered! I love this post! My mom advise is to let everyone love your baby how they want to love it! Both my parents and my husbands parents died when we were kids so we have no grandparents for our daughter. I felt like I was always trying to make certain people in my life fit that role. I’d say make your family who you want. If your best friend is your kids “aunt” over your sister who’s a jerk take it!

  62. October 5, 2018 / 11:46 am

    Just became a 1st time mom in July and also from So Cal. Definitely been one of the hardest transitions in my life. We share so much in common, I also do FBA; work from home as a graphic designer and do online schooling, i thought it be easy but it hasn’t. Im glad your honest-when it comes to all those things. Most people assume we have it easy, but its quite the opposite. Your advice has given me hope Ill survive this journey. If you can do it, i can too Haha

  63. Tiffany
    October 5, 2018 / 11:59 am

    Postpartum anxiety is not post partum is what every mom needs to hear!

  64. Jaxira
    October 5, 2018 / 12:05 pm

    I became a first time mom in April and the post partum anxiety was definitely real! I was lucky that i have a very supportive family. I couldn’t agree more with trusting your instincts!

  65. Kaitlyn
    October 5, 2018 / 12:08 pm

    Can’t wait to see what the future holds for you all!(:

    BTW, you look fabulous.

  66. Arnela
    October 5, 2018 / 12:18 pm

    My golden advice is to educate yourself and trust your mommy/daddy instict. I learned the hard way that even tho everyones advice is well meant, it’s not always the right thing for your baby!

  67. Brittany
    October 5, 2018 / 12:31 pm

    Entered! Thank you Hayley for always having awesome content and for the amazing giveaway! We love you guys!

  68. Melissa
    October 5, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Honestly just recently started reading your blog, but I’ve been watching you on YouTube since I got pregnant and now he’s almost 18mo. I don’t personally know you but you are an amazing women and I can’t wait to see what else you achieve! Xo

  69. Amanda warner
    October 5, 2018 / 1:14 pm

    My advice is to watch Hayley Paige for advice 🙂 #suckup lol my other advice is to relax. Relax knowing you’re doing your best, your kid loves you, and they will grow up just fine as long as you keep loving them and showing that love.

  70. Molly oconnor
    October 5, 2018 / 1:35 pm

    Entered! ??

  71. Sarah
    October 5, 2018 / 1:42 pm

    I love all the people that said my baby wouldn’t be able to walk or be independent because I held her too much ? she completely took off at 12 months and never really stops. She is always walking talking and loves to play with others, so yessss hold your baby all they want ?

  72. Kirsten
    October 5, 2018 / 1:44 pm

    I’m expecting in December!! ?

  73. Brittney C
    October 5, 2018 / 1:45 pm

    Entered! I’ve been obsessed with your channel since just before your wedding! I love your little family and I would love to win this for my future family! ?

  74. Amanda Fitzgerald
    October 5, 2018 / 1:53 pm

    Great advice especially for a first time mom. Thank you.

  75. Lauren
    October 5, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I love your blog and YouTube channel so much! Been following you since when you were pregnant with Annabelle. I’m 34 weeks pregnant!

  76. Lauren
    October 5, 2018 / 1:55 pm

    I love your blog and YouTube channel so much! Been following you since when you were pregnant with Annabelle. I’m pregnant now too

  77. Paris Jerry
    October 5, 2018 / 2:49 pm

    I love reading your blogs and watching your videos! It makes me feel less alone doing this mom thing ❤️

  78. Carissa
    October 5, 2018 / 2:56 pm

    DONE?
    i starting watching you a year ago when I found out I was pregnant with my first! Love watching you guys grow as a family ♥️

  79. Carissa
    October 5, 2018 / 2:57 pm

    DONE?
    i starting watching you a year ago when I found out I was pregnant with my first! Love watching you guys grow as a family ♥️
    Thank you for giving us such great mom advice

  80. Caleigh
    October 5, 2018 / 3:49 pm

    Thank you for this post! My best advice is to breathe and remember your toddler is a person with her own thoughts and wants. I forget this sometimes during times of frustration. I am working on being more empathetic toward my two year old!

  81. Elizabeth Christopher
    October 5, 2018 / 4:39 pm

    I LOVE watching your YouTube channel and reading your blogs! You and Doug are seriously super mom & dad!!! Yall are my favorite YouTube couple!! Best of luck on baby #2! Cant wait to “meet” her 🙂

  82. Lindsay
    October 5, 2018 / 4:49 pm

    I am not a mom but will be a first time aunt soon! My nephew is due in January. My sister would love this, it’s the stroller she put on her registry actually! My best advice from a non mom is to make time for yourself too. So kinda goes along with your comment on asking for help. I feel like a lot of moms don’t remember to also take care of themselves when they first have a baby! And you’ve gotta be your best self 🙂

  83. Lindsay strawsburg
    October 5, 2018 / 5:05 pm

    Omg this food pic! Love your advice!

  84. Dana Lopez
    October 5, 2018 / 6:44 pm

    I love this post Hayley , especially the part about not spoiling a baby. My son is 15 months old and still wants to be held literally all day even though he’s been able to walk since 10 months. People always comment on that saying it’s because “I’ve spoiled him” ? it drives me crazy but I know these days are numbered and soon he’ll be too big for my arms so I also say hold you baby !! Love your baby , they will never be as small again as they are today !

  85. Fanny
    October 5, 2018 / 6:51 pm

    Great advice and giveaway ??

  86. Karlie Wheatley
    October 5, 2018 / 7:41 pm

    The best advice I got was when they are exploring they are learning. At first I was so nervous and didn’t want my son to be getting into everything but then I got that piece of advice and it really set in with me and I’ve become much more relaxed. He may get some bios and bruises but he is such an independent little boy and so sweet!

  87. Valerie Quinn
    October 5, 2018 / 8:06 pm

    My best advice is to take joy in every moment and be mindful. Children only exist in the present moment but we as adults are usually either rehashing old events or planning for future ones. If we are able to breath and live in each moment with our little ones we get to see their wonder and their mind at work.

  88. Yixin
    October 5, 2018 / 8:21 pm

    I have been so obsessed with googling everything I want to know since my baby girl was born: is she sleeping enough? Is she drinking enough milk? Is she drinking too much? Is sleep training going to damage her brain? The questions are endless. The truth is Google will always offer you two answers: ones that you’d love to hear and ones you absolutely dread to see. I mean, you can end up spendung hours searching for an answer that will leave you even more lost and confused. So my golden rule is not to pick up your phone and ask Google for everything. I still do sometimes…lol…out of old habits, but I would simply toss my phone away and tell myself that is enough and that I really should just trust my own mama instinct and my baby’s natural needs.

  89. Angela Hamilton
    October 5, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    Every mom is different….and thank God for that lol. Also, a little screen time is TOTaLLY fine and a freaking gift sometimes haha!

  90. Leslie Mendoza
    October 5, 2018 / 9:44 pm

    I don’t have advice but I’d love to also start blogging about being a mom and mom life! I hope one day I can be as awesome as you!

  91. Kristle gage
    October 5, 2018 / 10:50 pm

    You are amazing to watch I think you two are awesome parents. We love keeping up with all you do.we love you guys.

  92. Fiorella
    October 5, 2018 / 10:55 pm

    My mom advice would be to trust your instincts.. it’s always right ?

  93. Allison
    October 6, 2018 / 2:31 am

    Some great advise I really can relate to having parent anxiety it’s a real thing. To the point I know exactly what I have to bring to make sure my son doesn’t cry in public. Toys and Puffs are the key!! But the sad part is that it sucks that you have to feel so bad when you baby cries in public. People act so inconvenienced when they hear babies crying but what do they expect there babies. The shame and guilt as a parent shoulnt need to be there.

  94. Christina Hughes
    October 6, 2018 / 4:23 am

    I love all of these tips! I’m 2 months into this mom thing, and while it’s the greatest thing I’ve ever done, it’s also terrifying sometimes. I have definitely learned to trust my mom instinct and to advocate for her when that instinct says something different! Being my girl’s mom is the best thing to ever happen to me and I’m so excited to see her grow up ?

  95. Gabby Anderson
    October 6, 2018 / 7:09 am

    Best advice is definitely be your own mom follow your heat because everyone judges but no one knows your children like you do.

    Subscribed and liked Facebook

  96. Kelsey
    October 6, 2018 / 8:45 am

    Oh I love this mommy advice. It’s so hard sometimes. Mommying isn’t for the faint of heart!

  97. Emily Perry
    October 6, 2018 / 12:00 pm

    Just entered! What a cool giveaway! ❤️ My mommy advice would probably be to give yourself a break and cut yourself some slack. It’s seriously such a short time, so worrying about every little thing and caring about what everyone thinks just doesn’t matter. When my baby was first born, I tried to be all put together and I tried to be at all the events and everything, but looking back, I should’ve just held my baby more, taken more naps with her, and I wish I would’ve just gone with her flow! She’s 7 months old now and I’m loving every minute with I spend with her. I am thankful she’s finally on a nap schedule though. Makes everything so easy ?

  98. Victoria
    October 6, 2018 / 8:57 pm

    So many great points for new moms! Following my instincts and realizing that it’s ok to ask for help saved me. Literally ?

  99. Melissa Patrick
    October 7, 2018 / 2:05 pm

    My advice is to do what’s best for you, your baby, and your HUSBAND! My husband and I were both losing so much sleep because I refused to sleep train my baby…I couldn’t stand the crying!! It got so bad that it eventually went from baby waking up every 3 to 4 hours at night to him waking up every 15 to 30 minutes. All. Night. Long. For almost a week. I thought I was going to lose my mind…and so did my husband lol and baby was always tired and cranky too. Sleep training wasn’t bad or cruel or mean to my child. It was an incredible blessing that put our life back in order in only 3 nights. Our baby was so much happier and of course, we were too!

  100. Becky
    October 8, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Hello! I am a new subscriber and honestly you are the first vlog/blogger I have been following you for a couple months now ans I think you are amazing (sorry dont mean to sound creepy) lol. But I have a 3 year old toddler and a new born,2 months old. Everyone always tries telling what to do and what not to do but honestly if you try pleasing everyone you will drive yourself crazy. It’s all about what works for you and your babies!!! Also I want to say thank you you helped me get through my postpartum anxiety
    Like I mentioned I am a new subscriber and I came across your YouTube channel. It caught my interest so I started backtracking on you videos and I seen the one where you guys had just brought your lil one home and you were crying. I was like you I didnt know I would cry I would just look at my baby am cry. I was like OMG I am not alone lol I now look.forward to your videos all the time and I am happy you are doing what makes you happy in changing your channel is the best thing for you and your family!!!! Glad you are moving closer to you parents (and not because I live in California 🙂 ) but because with baby #2 you will need their help. Sorry long post lol looking forward to your next vlogs. 🙂

  101. Laura m
    October 9, 2018 / 9:04 am

    I’m not a mom yet ( due March 29th! ) but I’m taking all the advice I can get! My friends and sister in laws have been a great help so far!

  102. Cassie Huber
    October 9, 2018 / 11:20 am

    I personally love Safety 1st products and think that their car seats and stroller are so easy to use and cozy for the littles. If I have any advice for new parents, it’s to do what is best for your family and let any judgements roll off your back.

  103. Stephanie Phelps
    October 9, 2018 / 1:06 pm

    My best advice is to have a schedule and just take it one day at a time enjoy the small things they grow up so fast!

  104. Kalene
    October 9, 2018 / 1:22 pm

    My mom advice is fake it until you make it!

  105. Amy Bui
    October 9, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    My mom advice is to enjoy every moment! Days are long but the years go by so fast! You’re gonna miss these long days! Subscribed and following on Facebook!

  106. meghan
    October 10, 2018 / 1:08 pm

    I would definitely say trust your gut and remember that it goes so fast, both the good and the bad.

  107. October 10, 2018 / 6:57 pm

    What great tips! And I love your sandals.

  108. Elaine Gavallas
    October 11, 2018 / 8:14 am

    You sure have been given some great advice! I love the piece of genius that said you can’t spoil a baby. Hallelujah!!My little sweetie love for me to hold her and sing, usually ” I Will” by the Beatles, but she’s not too picky, just as long as I’m hugging her and singing, she’s a happy baby…and after all, isn’t that what we all want! 🙂

  109. October 12, 2018 / 10:02 am

    My mom is always telling me whenever you have kids don’t spoil them you’re gonna thank me later you’ll see.

  110. October 12, 2018 / 12:53 pm

    All of these are so true. Great Post!

  111. Shana
    October 13, 2018 / 9:47 pm

    The best piece of advice I can give is to listen to your husband/spouse. When I gave birth to our first daughter last year she ended up in the NICU and it sent me into a deep and I mean DEEP depression! My husband noticed it before I did and I wish I would’ve listened to him about it and about getting help. I just gave birth to our second daughter last month and by correcting myself and listening to him this time around the postpartum period has been so much better. To be a great mom you have to make sure you’re taken care of, too.

  112. October 24, 2018 / 1:44 am

    Wow, where was these advices 2 years ago when I had my first baby. I had the advices any mom would get, but never the real honest truth. Being a new mommy is hard work and the advice you have put out there are great. I thought the same and felt the same, but no one told.me the little part. Now that I just had baby number 2, I feel much more at ease knowing what to do. I’m excited in being a mommy once again. Thanks for your advice, I surely will be using them this time around.

  113. Jenny Maahs
    October 24, 2018 / 4:33 pm

    Hello! I will be a first time Mom in December and am so excited! I love your YouTube channel and blog! I found all of your advice to be very helpful and winning this stroller/car seat combo would be helpful as well! Almost 33 weeks and we haven’t purchased one yet – yikes! ?♥️?

  114. Sharon
    October 31, 2018 / 6:42 am

    Strongly believe in the motherly instinct! We have an 18 month old , and are expecting our second baby. Praying to have a little more confidence as a mom this time. I struggled with baby blues , and PPD , which I did not expect to get. Hoping to be a little more prepared this time:)

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  116. January 15, 2019 / 8:01 am

    I enjoyed these tips. I am a new mom and your videos inspired me to start my own website http://www.thriftybrittany.com where you can find Baby tips Beauty Reviews and Recipes on a Budget.

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