15 Stupid Mistakes You’ll Make as a Parent

Everyone sets out to be the perfect parent. From the first moment you hold your baby on the day they’re born, you tell yourself you’ll do everything right for your child.

And then you immediately manage to screw something up.

Don’t worry, there’s nothing wrong with you – that’s just how it goes. Being a parent is the hardest job in the world other than like, underwater welding. While you’re going to do most things right, there are bound to be some mistakes along the way. From the time they are born until they move out of your house, your child is going to force you to make decision after decision. Unfortunately, some of those decisions are going to be wrong, despite your best intentions.

So, what kind of things are you sure to do wrong at one point or another? The following list includes 15 stupid mistakes that are made at least once by nearly every new parent.

1. Putting a Diaper On Incorrectly

You are going to change a lot – a lot – of diapers. Some of them will be just a bit wet, and your child will be cooperating, and it will be no problem at all. Some of them, however, will be a nightmare. There will be a seriously eye-watering stink coming from the dirty diaper, your child will want nothing to do with wearing the new one, and panic will set in. This is when mistakes are going to be made.

Don’t feel too bad – it happens to everybody at least once.

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2. Waking Up the Baby

One of the first rules you learn as a new parent is this: don’t wake a sleeping baby! Only when you have had to go through the difficulties that come along with getting a small child to sleep can you understand how important it is to keep that child asleep once they finally settle in.

Unfortunately, there are many ways you can go wrong on this point. For instance, once you get the child to sleep and you lay them carefully in their crib, you may kick a toy on the way out of the room – setting off a rattling noise that puts you right back at square one. AHHHH!

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3. Expecting Perfection

In your eyes, your child is going to be perfect. However, in reality, they aren’t perfect – and that’s okay as well. Your child might take a bit longer than expected to walk, or talk, or do just about anything else.

Don’t allow yourself to be a slave to expectations when it comes to your kids. Enjoy their successes and appreciate the little things along the way, regardless of the timeline you had in mind for their progress.

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