Write down your best advice before you forget it

Under my bed there is a box of motherhood-related mementos. One of them is a collection of notes I wrote for Heather who was six months behind me in her baby-having time table. I noted when my milk came in, where Julian slept when he came home from the hospital, when he lost his cord stump and other milestones in which I thought she might be interested.

Now that those events are years behind me, I see the value of those notes even more. Without them, I wouldn’t remember if we gave Julian a pacifier after a few days or a few weeks, and to a brand new mom, those are two completely different amounts of time.

Take some notes – or write emails to yourself – and keep them around for a friend who is going to want all your wisdom. Or for your future self. If you have a second pregnancy, you will benefit from your own insights.

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RookieMoms.com co-founder Whitney lives with her husband, son, and daughter in the San Francisco Bay Area where she writes about parenting, crafts, and activities that moms can do with babies in tow. She and Heather also publish 510Families.com, a site for East Bay parents and are the authors of The Rookie Mom's Handbook and Stuff Every Mom Should Know.