This instalment of the New Parent Insight Blog series features brand strategist, podcaster, influencer and #storksupplyfam member Aminah Haghighi (she's holding baby Etta in the Monte Design Jackson Rocker from StorkSupply in the photo above). She's @minathemama on Instagram and you can find Mina and hubby Bryce podcasting and blogging over at Unapparenthood.
Occupation/Role in Life: Mama/Brand Strategist
What was the most unexpected (or shocking?) thing about your first year as a new parent?
I think the most unexpected thing about my first few months as a mom was how fast I would react to my baby’s crying. I used to get a lot of sleep. I needed like, an insane amount of sleep to feel rested. But now (especially because we co-sleep), if my daughter blinks I’m like, “okay! I’m here! I’m awake!”. It’s crazy how much we adapt for these little beings we love so much. That, and when she finally goes to sleep I look through all 15, 000 photos of her on my phone. I did NOT expect to miss someone when they’re just in the next room sleeping. *sighs*
What is/was the most valuable resource for you in your first year of parenting?
My extensive collection of baby-wearing paraphernalia. Ring slings, soft-structured carriers, wraps, meh-dais, all of them. They’re all very important to us. My daughter never loved the stroller so carrying her was a must if we didn’t want to skip a nap or torment her by putting her down. There are 100 reasons why carrying is so helpful through the day. When I want to run an errand, keeping baby warm in the winter, skin-to-skin during a developmental leap, or having a dance party, baby wearing is 100 per cent the best.
Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give if you could go back in time and talk to your pre-baby self? Or what might you do differently if/when you have more children?
I would tell her that 99 per cent of what you read before the baby comes along will either be totally useless or forgotten, so don’t even waste your time. Spend more time on self-care rituals that will become non-negotiables when the baby comes around. Have enough blog content for six months because all you’re going to want to do is cuddle your little bean. On that same note, have six months of freezer food ready too, because cooking is so 2018.