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things parents give up after having babyOnce you become a parent, a lot of things in your life are going to change. A quick pop down to the store that would usually take ten minutes will turn into an hour. A day trip to an amusement park can’t be planned that morning, it needs to be scheduled weeks in advanced. I think becoming a parent is one of the most magical experiences of a person’s life, but you will have to part with a few things…

1. Sleep

Long stretches of deep, uninterrupted sleep are gone, at least for the first few months. Waking up every couple hours to feed or soothe your baby can feel like torture. You’ll find yourself bargaining with each other for a few more minutes. Sleep will become an “active” task; instead of watching TV and drifting off to sleep, you’ll need to fall asleep right now to get enough rest.

2. Friendships with Nonparents

It’s not impossible to maintain friendships with people who aren’t parents, but it’s tough. Your friends are going to call less when you keep turning down their requests for lunch, or after their long-waited visit or outing has been interrupted by a fussy baby. Relationships with friends who are parents will pick up once playdates are possible.

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3. Your Wallet

Kids are expensive in a lot of little ways that are tough to add up. The costs seem to come out of nowhere: ten dollars here, thirty dollars there. As your child grows, the costs change but they never seem to let up. You won’t pay for diapers, but now you’re looking at summer camp, soccer, and music lessons.

4. A Peaceful Evening Out

Yeah, this one is gone until your kids are out of the house. Taking a baby out to dinner is a test of your patience. You’ll learn just how terrified you are of social pressure (those glares and sighs from other patrons can be embarrassing). Even when you become comfortable with a sitter, your child will always be on your mind and the evening can only last so long; no more partying until the sun comes up.

5. Yourself

You’ll find that after having a baby, your personality, values and perspective change for the better. You’ll look at nutritional values more closely, you won’t take free time for granted, your preferences of entertainment will change, and your relationship with your partner will adjust. What was important before your child won’t matter as much anymore, and your child will matter a whole lot more than you thought he/she would.

It’s important to remember that even though a phase in your life is over and you’ll be giving up some things, you gain more than you lose when you have a child. The love and affection totally make up for it all.

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As a mother, Jennifer understands the importance of offering nothing by the best for baby. Motivated by teeth marks on her children’s cribs, she decided to design a teething rail cover after trying products that didn’t measure up when it came to quality or style. What she found out made her even more concerned about children’s safety and health: The toxic chemicals used in the production of synthetic materials have been linked to birth defects, reproductive disorders, and weakened immune systems.

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