Top 10 SmartMom Posts of 2015

Top 10 SmartMom Posts of 2015

2015 was a huge year for SmartMom! We hit 100,000 users in the SmartMom app, published lots of incredible content, and started working with brands to offer even more incredible prizes for our moms. So whether you’re new to the SmartMom blog, or just need a refresher, here’s a round up of our 10 most popular posts from 2015!

  1. Surviving the First Six Weeks After Baby is Born: You are finally home with your newborn baby. Throughout your pregnancy, you imagined what it would be like to finally have your bundle of joy in your arms. Although you heard and read about how life with a new baby was wonderful yet exhausting, you had no idea how difficult these first days at home would be. But there’s a secret to surviving the first six weeks after baby.
  2. What You Need to Know About Phantom Pregnancy Kicks: If you’ve been stopped in your tracks by what feels like little fetal kicks or movements even though you are one hundred percent positive that you are not pregnant, you’re not alone! Breathe a sigh of relief that you aren’t crazy while we dig into what these phantom pregnancy kicks are and why they happen.
  3. Start Potty Training in 3 Days: While I was pregnant with my daughter, my 21-month old son started going to a toddler program at a local Montessori school. Children in the toddler community, who started attending as early as 15 months of age, did not wear diapers in class. Parents were encouraged to continue their child’s “toilet learning” outside of school.
  4. The Controversy of Infant Co-Sleeping: Infant co-sleeping has become as controversial a topic as vaccinating your kids. The ideal situation would be having a baby that never cries who sleeps like a little angel no matter where you place her. But, that’s not reality. Reality is, you are up every hour and so deliriously tired that you’re not sure whether or not you are hovering above ground. When it’s 2 a.m., you want to nurse in your bed, while unconscious and asleep, snuggling your newborn, because that’s the only way she won’t cry, doggonit!
  5. 10 Ways to Survive as a Sleep Deprived Mom: “Better get your sleep while you can!” That phrase has to be one of the most overly used bits of unsolicited advice known to man. If I had a nickel for every time I heard it when I was pregnant with my first I’d have collected enough to knock out a large chunk of our hospital bill. Pregnant women hate this phrase because not only is it flat out annoying, especially when given with a “you don’t even know what you’re in for” smirk, but we also know it’s true. We know we will become a sleep deprived mom. We know that life will greatly shift when baby arrives. We know that we’re in for a wild and crazy pee, poop, and puke-covered ride. But it isn’t until we are going on three straight weeks of multiple feedings a night and restless fuss-filled days that we think back to those friends and family members who blessed us with that small slice of know-it-all advice and hate them even more for being so right!
  6. Why You SHOULD Get a Mom Haircut: There is nothing you can do to prepare for the six-month period when getting a three-hour stretch of sleep during the night leaves you feeling “so rested!” You will not take an hour to flat iron your hair when you have a new baby in the house; I promise. You will not spend your morning copying Scarlett’s braid-filled hairdo from last night’s episode of Nashville. You just won’t. So, what’s the alternative? Surrender to mom-ish dowdiness for the rest of your days? No. Here’s a better plan – get a mom haircut!
  7. The Process of Getting Pregnant: Once you start trying to conceive, you learn that actually getting pregnant isn’t always as easy as having a basic comprehension of the birds and the bees. Some people seem to get pregnant by just thinking about it, while others try for years and can’t figure out why it’s not working. The process of getting pregnant varies for everyone.
  8. Why You Need a Sleep Schedule for Your Baby: When you become a new parent, it can seem as though your newborn is the one calling the shots for the first few months especially when it comes to his sleep schedule. Ask any sleep-deprived parent and they will tell you that in any given 24 hours, the days and nights can feel almost interchangeable. It might appear as though your baby is the one running the show for the first weeks and you are just along for the ride to satisfy his needs at random hours of the day and night. As new parents, this can become frustrating and disconcerting. After a few sleepless nights you may find yourself wondering if you will ever have a solid 8 hours of sleep again. I promise you will! By establishing a sleep schedule for your little one you won’t have to wait until your child is 18 to catch some shuteye.
  9. How to Raise a Son to Be A Really Great Man: When you’re pregnant, everyone asks you if you want a boy or a girl. Some people have an opinion; others say they have no preference. I personally wanted a girl. The night before our anatomy scan, I rolled over to my husband half asleep and said “We’re having a boy.” I knew it in my heart and it was confirmed the next day. I thought to myself, “What do I know about raising a boy?! I’m a girl! I am closest with my nieces!” As I started warming up to the idea, I began to think about how to raise a son and what it would mean to me. I came to the conclusion that I wanted to raise a really great man.
  10. How to Handle Post Baby Hair Loss: Women go through a lot of transformations during pregnancy and right after having a baby. One odd transformation is our mane glory – from firm, luscious hair during pregnancy to a heart-wrenching hair loss post baby.

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About Mary @ SmartMom

Mary is the Community Manager of SmartMom. She is a new mom to a bubbly little boy who has fire red hair and loves to smile. She loves to walk her dog, Bob, and watch Chicago sports with her husband. Go Cubs Go!