This post on Blogging Baby was full of things that people/baby books/paediatricians should tell you, but for some unknown reason, don’t.

Things that seem like universal truths to me.

  1. A tired baby will not sleep
  2. See the previous post on the drive-in. This is one of those “no kidding!” truths. No one tells you this, and it seems like one of those things we regularly forget. Just because our boy is tired does not in any way, shape, or fashion mean that he will be getting to sleep anytime soon. In fact, the more tired he is, the more he fights sleep.

  3. A favourite food may only be a temporary favourite
  4. OK, this one we’ve heard before, but it’s so true. Will he like corn today? Mandarins? Meat? Bread? You just have to hope against hope that you’ve guessed right today.

  5. Diaper changes are bad
  6. I never thought I’d say something like this … but I’ve actually become used to diaper changes. Sure, there are some that are just pure nasty, and he still rolls and twists like a trapped animal sometimes, but diaper changes are nothing compared to having to clean up after a good puke.

  7. Baby will no longer prefer his Mom
  8. I can’t comment on this one. I suspect that there is some element of truth here, but it’s beyond me.

  9. Baby will change his mind often
  10. Kristin’s comment on this one is “Your dimpled little one, who has always loved animals, will develop a sudden aversion to squirrels.” All I can think about are the bunnies.

  11. When it comes to parenthood, there are no rules
  12. Again, one of those universal truths, but not everyone believes this one. There are lots of people who will tell you what they think are The Rules, but the truth of the matter is that no matter how much advice you receive, no matter how many books you read, no matter how many courses you take, and no matter how many blogs you visit, we’re all just making it up as we go.