Wish We'd Known: 19 Things No One Told Us About Having a Baby

From the the mystery of the perfect mom to the time it will take you to leave the house, here are 19 things we wish we'd known about having a baby. (20 Photos)

Gina Bazer and Holly Pevzner on May 6, 2013 at 9:20AM

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You Don't Need To Entertain Your Baby

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a Gina Bazer and Holly Pevzner on May 30, 2012 at 4:36PM

When you first have a baby, it's easy to wonder what the two of you will do all day. But after all the feedings, naps and diaper changes, there's actually not tons of time left. So don't think you need to spend it holding flash cards in front of your infant. Going for a walk, sitting in a coffee shop or watching the dog all count as stimulating and educational activity. You've got years and years of pretend play ahead of you -- don't stress about putting on a show for your babe. Just bring her along to something that you'll enjoy doing. Trust us, there are plenty of interesting things to look at in the shoe store. 

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