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16 Pieces Of Really Good Parenting Advice That Have Actually Helped Me Become A Better Mom

Hi, I'm Hannah, and I have a nine-month-old daughter named Ellie. While I feel like at this point I've been doing this whole parenting thing for a while, I'm still a relatively new mom.

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Hannah Loewentheil

Since telling people that I was pregnant, I've received endless advice on how to raise a child. If you're a parent, I'm sure you can relate! Much of the advice I've gotten has been straight-up annoying or total garbage. But I've also received some words of wisdom that have really spoken to me and helped me become a better mom. So here is some of the best advice I've come across so far in the first almost-year of parenthood.

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1.Stay calm, because your baby can read you like a book.

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2.When things get tough, remind yourself that you'll miss these days.

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3.Every baby and mother is different, so don't compare your baby (or yourself!) to others.

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4.When people offer you help, take it.

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5.Don't buy a ton of baby gear in advance.

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6.Fed is best!!!

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7.Birth probably won't go according to your plan, and that is OK.

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8.Give yourself grace.

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9.You don't need all the fancy, new, high-tech baby products.

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10.Always pack multiple changes of clothes.

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11.Never ignore your intuition as a parent.

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12.Don't be afraid of your baby crying in public.

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13.Keep telling yourself that everything is just a phase.

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14.Recognize that you will sleep again. Some day, they go to college.

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15.Remind yourself that by the time your kid goes to Kindergarten, he'll be walking.

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16.And finally...take the advice that works for you, and leave the rest.

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So, what's the best parenting advice you've received? Tell me in the comments or drop it into this Google form.