(Closed) How much did you know about babies before getting pregnant?

posted 6 years ago in Babies
  • poll: How much did you know about babies prior to becoming pregnant?
    A lot, I practically raised a few kids prior to my own : (11 votes)
    16 %
    Enough to be confident I knew what I was doing : (25 votes)
    37 %
    I read bit and observed my parents. I could have known more : (10 votes)
    15 %
    I thought I knew...but boy was I wrong! : (8 votes)
    12 %
    Nada, but I survived : (12 votes)
    18 %
    Nada, but I really wish I tried to learn more prior! : (1 votes)
    1 %
  • Post # 3
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    Some. I helped raised my little sister and niece when they were babies. I also read some books, but never took a class. I would say I was pretty confident.

    My best advice? Is to ask other moms out there or join a forum for any questions you may have. I wouldn’t really suggest asking an older person because things have changed so much since they have had a child. Also, every baby is different and you will have to adjust to that. It sort of comes naturally, but it is a learning process. I have a very active newborn that needs me to basically carry her everywhere and it is difficult to get to stay asleep, so I have had to research tips and come up with some on my own…

    I am here though if you want to PM me with a question, I do not know EVERYTHING but I can try to help.

    Post # 5
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @KH:  You will be fine! The nurses taught me a lot during my stay in the hospital. You should also see if you can get your mom or other relative to stay with you after to help you get adjusted when that time comes.

    Post # 6
    6830 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Well I went to school and have a degree in Family Life and Child Development w/minor in early childhood. Plus I have worked in daycare. So I knew a lot….before having munchkin

    Post # 7
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    We are TTC and figuring all that out, but I’m very confident about taking care of babies/kids.  I practically raised 2nieces.  My brother’s family lived with us too, while I was growing up, so I have on the job training.  The ONLY thing I’m completely inexperienced at is changing a boy’s diaper lol, I’m quite sure when the time comes I’m going to get peed on!  

    My SIL had no experience with  babies, and her mom came for two days, then my SIL sent her home and winged it.  You can read alot of books, and I like PP idea about posting on a forum.  If you have any frends with babies you could go spend some time at their house to check it out.

    Post # 8
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I have a background and education in early childhood education, including infant and toddler care, but that doesn’t prepare you for pregnancy. I’ll say I’ve learned a lot about the pregnancy process itself recently!

    Post # 9
    588 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    @KH:  Haha we had that moment too. We weren’t TTC but we had a scare and were all excited until we realized we have no idea what to do! a month later we found out I am pregnant! Hahaha it happens to the best of us. 

    I have a friend who just had a baby a year or so ago so it’s been nice seeing how she raises her kid and nother friend who has a 5 month old.

    My mom also has been telling me about her pregnancy to help me know what’s actually going to happen.

    Books and pregnancy websites such as fitpregnancy.com and thebump.com have been a big help as well!

    PS: My husband has no idea what’s going on. He barely learned anything in his sex ed class and still never figured it out so this has been a real learning experience for him. I think it wont come naturally for him until a year or so in when he kind of has figured out what’s going on.

    Post # 11
    7770 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    It is hard to vote.  I mean, I have nannied and helped raise my 13 year old sister (my older sisters were out of the house)- so I know a lot- but I still feel like I have no idea what I am doing.  And I am okay with that 🙂  I mean, it is an adventure and a surprise and I don’t know if anyone completely knows what to expect.  I kind of like it that way, it will all be new.  However, I took every class my hospital offers and also the Bradley Method classes, which I really cannot recommend enough.  I feel so much more prepared having taken them.

    I don’t have any mom friends, and I hope to change that so I can ask questions.  I have just been asking my mom!  I know the nurses teach you a lot before you leave- but like I said I took breastfeeding classes, caring for your newborn, the hositpal OB tours, etc.

    Post # 13
    4272 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @HisIrishPrincess:  Girls can shoot pee on you too…*sigh* The best thing is to keep that diaper up to block it from happening and change them pointed away from you. I have had one too many surprises before I figured that out! Everytime she sneezes or farts, I jump!

    Post # 14
    4575 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I don’t have children of my own yet.  Im also on the TTC stage and on my 6th cycle.  I do have experience with babies and all the wonderful things that come with it.  I was a sort of live in nanny for this family for more than 7 yrs. when i was in college, so i pretty much raised those little angels.  A boy since the age of 2 and a girl since she was a new born.  Im pretty confident that i will be able to know what to do when baby comes, but at the same time i hear stories that is very different when it’s your own child (don’t know how exactly), but that’s what i heard.  We shall see.  Anyway, I think you will be fine.  My mom says your instincts will kick in once baby gets here.

    Post # 16
    5475 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I was an EMT, and currently work in pediatric endocrinology.  I’m also 12 years older than my youngest sister, so I’ve changed plenty of diapers and hummed a million lullaby verses tucking her in at night.

    That said, I’m STILL TERRIFIED of the fact that in about 6 weeks, I’m going to birth a defenseless human and be sent home, unsupervised, with said human.  TERRIFIED!!!

    It’s like, I have the knowledge in my head, but I don’t really have the skills I need.  I took a newborn parenting class, a breastfeeding class, and a childbirth prep class.  I’ve learned more about my bodily functions during this pregnancy than I have ever wanted to know.  I know so much of the clinical stuff, it’s hard to wrap my head around the emotional roller coaster aspect of it.  I’m excited, nervous, hopeful, scared, and exhausted all at the same time, and I don’t really see that changing once the baby gets here.

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