All first time mothers share a similar experience – an uncertain future with their newborn. Most moms have heard random advice from family members, friends and interestingly enough, strangers, who all seem to be experts in raising children. It is a unique period of time in your life when you realize you have to learn “on the fly” since every child and their behavior is different, which will shape your experiences in varying degrees.

Even if you have parents or close friends who can share advice with you like I had, many of you out there feel alone and may not have that type of feedback or support in your life.

That’s why I created this round-up. I wanted to provide you, the subscriber, with beneficial knowledge that can help better prepare you for the unknown. And I don’t know about you, but I would want to listen to recommendations from experienced moms who have been through what you are going to go through and have dedicated their focus to blogging/writing about their experiences.

I hope this round-up encourages and more adequately equips you for motherhood.  So enjoy the best advice from 15 mom bloggers on what they wish they had known before becoming a mother!

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15 MOM BLOGGERS’ BEST ADVICE FOR NEW MOMS

1. Rachel Norman

1. Rachel Norman

A Mother Far From Home

“I wish I knew that being a mom would require me to be strong on my own boundaries and limits so that I could love, serve, and nurture my children well. When I caved on taking care of myself, motherhood became more about me than my kids. When I do take care of myself well, I am happier and more present with my precious ones.”  amotherfarfromhome.com         
2. Tiffany Huebner

2. Tiffany Huebner

A Fit Mom's Life Blog

“One thing I wish I’d known is how much of a roller coaster your emotions will be.  During pregnancy we are flooded with so many emotions, but after baby comes they only get more intense.  That’s something neither I, nor my husband, was prepared for.”  afitmomslifeblog.com      
3. Erin Kendall

3. Erin Kendall

Fit Mom Go

“I wish I hadn’t taken all the books with the tips on taking care of baby, getting baby into a routine, sleeping through the night and #allthethings so seriously.  They did help me learn a lot, but it was a learning curve to understand that those tips are just tips not rules that your baby will live by. Everyone told me “everything was going to change” once I had my baby.  There is probably no way to totally understand that until baby arrives, but I did not believe how all consuming parenthood was going to be. Not a day goes by that I don’t think about my kids, where they are, what they’re doing, what time to pick them up from school.  I love it, thankfully!”  fitmomgo.com
4. Brittany Wise

4. Brittany Wise

Our Home Made Easy

“Your idea of success will change after you have kids. Do I still work full time and want to progress my career? Absolutely. But it will not come at the expense of my two little people. Sure, I love being an engineer and find fulfillment in working outside of the home. Yet, I also want to make sure that I am available to support my children emotionally. Will this affect my career trajectory? Probably. Will this change my life? I think so. However, I am making the choice to be present for dance recitals and weeknight dinners. I love how excited they are in the evenings to see my husband and I. A career has never loved me back as much as they have. Someday, I hope that they look back at mom and say she was always there for us kids and still found happiness for herself.”  ourhomemadeeasy.com
5. Erica

5. Erica

Tales Of A Tired Mom

“I wish I had the mindset I have now as a mom before I was a mom! You don’t realize just how much your entire perspective of life changes once you have a baby. You realize what is truly important and not to “sweat the small stuff” because in the long run those things don’t matter!!!“  talesofatiredmom.com
6. Erica DeSpain

6. Erica DeSpain

Whimsical September

“One thing I wish I knew before becoming a mom was that there are three ways to feed your baby, and they are all perfectly healthy and wonderful for your baby. All of them are beneficial for different reasons. Whether you exclusively pump, breastfeed, or formula feed, your baby will grow and benefit from the feeding method that best suits your lifestyle and helps keep your stress levels low. “  whimsicalseptember.com
7. Abby Lawson

7. Abby Lawson

Just A Girl And Her Blog

“I guess I wish I knew that these little people would end up teaching me so much! When I thought of myself as a mom before I had kids, I always thought of myself as the guide and mentor, and while that is the case sometimes, my two little guys have taught me more about who I am, what my limitations are, my weaknesses and my strengths, and just about every other area of life than anyone or anything else. I love to see the world through their eyes and to be challenged and grown in the process of raising them.”  justagirlandherblog.com
8. Lauren Egger

8. Lauren Egger

Healthy Mom Project

“You know your baby better than anyone…. Do NOT worry if your baby is not reaching the development milestones. Surrender to Jesus! Read a devotional every morning before you start your day :)”  healthymomproject.com

9. Sandy Davis

9. Sandy Davis

Faithing It

“Before becoming a mom I wish I would’ve known how to balance it better.  I tend to go all out in whatever it is I’m doing and being a mom is no exception, but there were times along the way I lost myself….I wouldn’t trade anything I’ve ever done for my girls, not for one second, but I would’ve balanced my life better.”  faithingit.com
 10. Allie Edwards

10. Allie Edwards

Vigor It Out

“The one thing I wish I knew before becoming a mom is the amount of patience it requires. I am not a patient person by nature, but motherhood quickly gave me the opportunity to work on conquering that weakness. Though others rarely see it from the outside, it’s actually something I still struggle with inside as a mom every day eight years later! Reminding myself to breath deeply, answer slowly, speak kindly, see their point of view, and be patient as they learn every day. Learning to apply those skills in life before every moment is absorbed by those beautiful special little people we create would have been super helpful!”   vigoritout.com

11. Rose Barnett

11. Rose Barnett

Life Management For Moms

“One thing I wish I knew before becoming a mom is how prepared I really needed to get beforehand.  Instead of just casually thinking everything would just fall into place, I wish I had used my time to learn all about managing the home and staying organized with kids, as well as getting prepared financially and emotionally because of the lack of time for myself and with my husband.  Definitely wish I knew just how prepared I needed to be for the many facets.” rosebarnett.com
12. Sina Steele

12. Sina Steele

Her Mustard Faith

“Before becoming a mom, I wish I knew that being a mom would truly change me as a person. I didn’t appreciate that being a mom would require everything I had, and then some. When I left my busy job to become a stay at home mom, I assumed that life would be much easier. I was not prepared for how much motherhood would change me to my very core, and how I would have to learn how to navigate through all the changes. I like to say that through becoming a mom, I have been ‘beautifully broken’, meaning although the challenges of motherhood sometimes feel like I am being broken down, really I am in the process of becoming the person I was always meant to be.”  hermustardfaith.com
13. Julie

13. Julie

Fab Working Mom Life

“I wish I knew how much I would change – my goals, my priorities. I knew having and caring for a new life would change mine, but not to the extent it did. Having a child has definitely shifted my perspective on life and on what really matters and what should get the majority of my energy.” fabworkingmomlife.com
14. Toni Gardner

14. Toni Gardner

Our Family Code

“One thing that I wish I knew before becoming a Mom is how much of myself I would willingly give away that is replaced with something so wonderfully exhausting, but oh so worth it!” ourfamilycode.com
15. Linsey Gatto

15. Linsey Gatto

Togetherish Mom

“When you’re pregnant, people tell you all about the scary parts, all the challenging parts, all the parts that make you feel unprepared despite all your efforts to diligently research.  What I wish someone had told me, and what I go out of my way to try to tell moms-to-be is this: it’s 99% instinct. The sacrifices, the troubleshooting, the lack of sleep- all that stuff is absolutely hard but it’s the most rewarding hard.  The love is unlike anything you’ve felt before- it’s impossible to describe the intensity and wholeness of it. The love is what gets you through all the hard stuff, and it outweighs it 1000 times over.

As I was writing this, my three-year-old looked up and announced that his “butt itches”. I immediately stepped away from my computer to find the rash cream to alleviate his itch. As I was doing so, I realized that I was living an example of what I’m speaking of: thinking about my child being uncomfortable generates a natural response in me to do whatever it takes to alleviate his discomfort.  It’s more important to me than writing, or eating, or sleeping. The love I feel for my children is so strong that they’re never a distraction or a nuisance to me- they’re my why, and their needs coming first is the most organic and simple instinct.

I think that that’s the intel that would have quelled my fears before I became a mom.” ❤️  togetherishmom.com

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    I hope these responses to this round-up topic have better enlightened you on what to expect when becoming a mom. I love the idea of the round-up post because it reflects opinions and backgrounds from various people who are not the same. You may agree with some, you may disagree with others. But all promote discussion and help you to see your new lifestyle from a variety of different viewpoints.

    As moms throughout history have discovered, there is no one right way to raise every child. We all live through different experiences and find different principles that work in raising our children. Thank you for joining me in this interesting conversation!

    Keep Smiling,

    Dr. Jena Bradley, DPT

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    14 Comments

    1. Allie of Vigor it Out

      Great post and advice! Congrats on launching your blog and thank you for the feature!

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        Thank you so much, Allie! I have really enjoyed connecting with you.

        Reply
    2. Jessica Grote

      As I sit here reading this, as a pregnant first time mom, on my due date… I get teary eyed at the love and strength the above moms have shared. I still have no idea what to expect but one thing is clear… my life is about to change forever (for the better)!

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        I am proud to say that this blog is FOR YOU, Jessica!!! You are an amazing person and you are going to be an amazing mom. I can’t wait for your little baby to arrive any minute. I’m glad you have enjoyed reading this ON YOUR DUE DATE!!! Even though your baby didn’t “launch” today, at least the blog did, haha! Can’t wait to meet my little “Niecephew” (niece or nephew, we don’t know!)

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    3. Julie

      Such a wonderful roundup of mom advice! Thanks for including me and congrats on your blog launch!

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        Julie, Thanks so much for checking it out and for your wonderful response featured in this post. I have really enjoyed getting to know you!

        Reply
    4. Rose | Life Management for Moms

      How sweet your blog is Jena, I can tell you’ve put so much into it. Thanks for sharing and including me in your round-up! All the best, Rose

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        Thanks, Rose! You have been a great mentor during this launching process! I am happy to have you!

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    5. Nancy Grote

      As a mom to Jena I am so proud of her new blog and what a wonderful mom she is. I loved being a mom to her and her brother and I hope it helped her in some ways to be an awesome mom to her girls.

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        Thanks, Mom! You are absolutely the best and thank you for being one of my biggest supporters. You have such a wonderful influence on me as a mom! I love you!

        Reply
    6. Racheal

      Thanks for this post! Such an Awesome round up! Very helpful☺

      Reply
      • Jena Bradley

        Racheal, I am so glad you enjoyed the post. It’s so great to hear everyone’s different perspectives.

        Reply
    7. Mariam Tsaturyan

      Such a great post! Many of us can relate to this and wish we knew what we didn’t. I too wish I knew many things before I became a parent.

      Reply

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