New Parent Advice

As you’re researching online, reading all of the baby books, and asking all of your friends that have kids – I’m going to give you the most useful and amazing parenting tip! Are you ready for it?! 


If you feel like you need to take your baby to the Dr. 20 times, then by all means, do that. Whatever you think, you’re right! You’re the parent and parents for soooooo many years did this parenting thing without social media, without Google, and without everyone shoving their opinion down everyone’s throats. You got this! Trust me!

Now, if you feel you need to ask, that’s perfectly okay! Remember when I said whatever you think is right? Just trust your gut and you’re golden. 

Don’t compare your child to anyone else’s, even your children, if you have them. It really is true that kids learn and do things at all different times. If something is wrong, your Dr. will let you know. Nobody ever asks me when I learned to roll over, crawl, walk, etc – it really is not that important (the when that is).

Vaginal or C-Section? I’m proud of you! You did great birthing your baby! Bottle or breast? You’re doing amazing, keep going! 

Newborn baby boy wrapped in a cream wrap on a blue background.

For the last part, remember that messes are okay. You’re settling into your new life, enjoying your baby, and recovering. If someone offers to help, for the love of everything, let them! Nap when baby naps, don’t think “Oh, he/she is asleep, I’ll pick up”. You need your rest and that’s perfectly okay. You’re doing amazing and don’t ever forget that!

Morgantown Photographer

Shannon Slemp, with Wood and Lace Photography, preparing for a newborn session in the Morgantown studio.


“Our family is just the right mix of chaos and love.”
– Unknown

Hello! I’m Shannon, the gal behind Wood and Lace. I am a full time professional photographer. When I’m not behind the camera, I am editing, working on the back end (website, marketing, etc), taking new courses to continue to grow my craft, and then all of the mom things after work is over the day. They say if you do something you love that you will never work a day in your life… I beg to differ. When you love what you do, you will work harder than you ever have in your life. The only difference is that it will feel all of the hard work is worth it.