13 Moms Share The Best Part About Having A Newborn

Ad failed to load

Looking back on the days after my son was born, I have a difficult time pinpointing what the best part of having a baby would be. Before he was born I assumed, "no longer being pregnant" would be at the top of the list and, honestly, it still is; my pregnancy ending was a definite plus. But when other moms share the best part about having a newborn, I'm always reminded of absolutely everything else that made having a newborn so unbelievable and life-changing and, well, wonderful.

Of course, having a newborn is also exhausting. I was up every two hours, without fail, and was nothing short of a human cow; constantly dispensing milk whenever my son deemed it necessary which was, you know, always. I was scared of everything, even going to sleep, for fear that I would wake up to see that my son hadn't, and wouldn't. I didn't leave the house; I didn't speak to very many people; I didn't do much of anything except care for a baby and attempt to adequately adjust to something as profound and new and overwhelming as parenthood.

But amidst the constant fear and self-doubt and exhaustion, there was so much awesome. Just, like, all the awesome you could possibly handle. I loved watching my son's small body rise and fall as he slept on my chest while I wrote or read or watched television. I couldn't get enough of my son's smile, especially when he flashed a grin as he slept. I couldn't stop staring at my partner when he rocked our son to sleep, kissing the top of his head and whispering in his tiny ears how much he loved him. I was infatuated with my son's smell; a delightful mix of myself, my partner, lavender and spilt milk.

Ad failed to load

Having a newborn can be challenging, but it's also so damn wonderful, which is why I asked 13 moms to share the best part about having a newborn. Babies: when they're not totally exhausting, they're totally amazing.

Ad failed to load

Kayla, 27


"Being introduced to a new love that is instantaneous. The new experience of having your first child changes everything. For me, having a second and third [child] was a little different. I loved the child growing inside of me each time, but having a face to that love made my heart full and actually grow with each child. Plus newborns are easy! They eat, sleep, and cry, but they don't talk back like a toddler."

Nicole, 35

Feeling [my daughter's] heartbeat as she slept on my chest; this tiny little miracle. And looking at her face, wondering what amazing things her future had in store for her.

Jamie, 33


"The best thing about having an infant is that they're adorable and extremely portable, especially when they're sleeping. So, I found with my kids that I could go out and do the things I normally did, I just had to baby wear or cart them around in their car seat. Go to dinner? Just go when you know the baby is going to be napping. Want to go to a party at your friends place? Just set the baby in another room while you mingle with guests. They're actually pretty convenient."

Ad failed to load

Katie, 31

With my first [newborn], I was so overwhelmed that it was kind of hard to enjoy the newborn phase. This time [with my second], I am able to appreciate it so much more. My favorite part is naps on the sofa with him snuggled on my chest.

Bridget, 23


"My favorite part of having newborns were those quiet moments, when I'd just be lying there with one of the boys on my bare chest, feeling their breath synchronize with mine as they slept and being in complete awe of the fact that I managed to create and grow two healthy little babies. Oh, and the intoxicating 'newborn smell,' which was an odd mix of baby shampoo, lavender, and spoiled milk."

Amanda, 28

Having a newborn is one of the most unexpected and amazing moments of my life. I didn't know what to expect. No amount of prepping by reading cover to cover of What to Expect When You're Expecting would really be enough, until I actually experienced it. Even though I was exhausted 98% of the time, just watching [my son] sleep and watching his facial expressions as he dreamed made me forget about how tired I really was. His intoxicating newborn smell was my favorite part. I could literally snuggle him all day long; smelling his head and neck and knowing that this is what perfection really was. I will never forget it and almost miss it now that he's older.
Ad failed to load

Priscilla, 31


"I'd say the best thing(s) about newborns are how snugly they are and how good they smell. And also, though this is more in retrospect now that I have a toddler, how they are perfectly content with every little new thing and how they aren't mobile (because chasing toddlers is hell on my back these days)."

Sara, 29

The quiet moments when they're asleep and you just hold them, marveling at their every tiny feature; fingers, toes and little ears. At the same time, realizing you have a love and bond you will share with them forever. I remember saying to myself multiple times, 'This is real! I get to love this little person forever!'

Dena, 32


"Can I say more than one thing? Snuggles, tiny clothes and swaddling that turns your baby into a cuddly burrito."

Ad failed to load

Liza, 33

One of my favorite parts of having a newborn was changing [my son's] clothes and having him look like a baby model. All babies are perfect and newborns have the best little costume-type clothing! I must have taken thousands of pictures!

Nicki, 30


"Hearing his first cry and meeting him for the very first time. No greater feeling in the world because, in the end, all the pain, tears and anxiety were worth it. I also loved listening to him make noises in his sleep; they were the cutest.

I wasn't a huge fan of the newborn newborn stage, but I absolutely love the stage he is in now. Nursing has become one of my favorites; watching him kick his legs as I unclip my bra, feeling his fingers tickle my side and his one hand placed in between my breasts, holding him close to me and watching him fall asleep contently. That's my favorite thing these days."

Dorota, 45

It is not easy, because having a newborn is overwhelming. It involves all of the senses; smell, touch, sight. You are raw and delirious and sleep deprived and withdrawing hard from pregnancy hormones, feeling like a shaky junkie.
And still, at the center of there's this absolute miracle bringing clarity to it all. So what is my favorite thing? When you're skin to skin with this tiny love, feeling his fragility and incredible strength, lightness and weight, listening to his heartbeat. You remember that very first moment when you pulled that wet baby onto your chest. The sheer awe of that, 'I *made* a person' moment; it makes you feel goddess. You take stock of where you are, and you see with perfect clarity again what matters. This moment. This baby. This life. None of the rest of the crap that weighs you down matters. And if you were vacillating on a decision, hesitating on a direction to take, a newborn anchors you to reality.
Ad failed to load

Hannah, 28


"My favorite part about having a newborn was the completeness that I felt. I felt so at ease and so fulfilled during those first few weeks. It was like waking up every morning to the sun coming through the blinds and the smell of flowers."

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Being A Dog Parent Prepared Me For Having A Baby, Really

I’ve always wanted kids; I was never as sure about raising a puppy. Then I spent six months living with someone who brought home an eight-week-old golden retriever puppy, and I see no way to make it out of that experience claiming not to love dogs. I…
By Heather Caplan

20 Of The Most Popular Unisex Names Of All Time, That You'll Be Hearing More Of For Sure

You might think of unisex names as a fairly recent trend, but the truth is these versatile monikers have been commonly used throughout history (well, some more commonly than others). That's why the team over at recently compiled a list of t…
By Jacqueline Burt Cote

How To Have A Date Night With No Babysitter, Because It's Easier Than You Think

After having children, many couples feel that their love lives immediately go out the window, but it's so important to make your romantic life a priority so both you and your partner can be the best versions of yourselves you can be. As we all know, …
By Abi Berwager Schreier

9 Ways Baby No. 3 Made My Family Feel Complete

My husband and I decided to have another baby right after we got married and, well, we had no idea what we were getting into. I got pregnant right away, endured a high-risk pregnancy, and, before I knew it, my third baby had arrived. Together, we emb…
By Steph Montgomery

8 Stereotypes About New Dads That Are *Totally* True

Much like new mothers, new fathers have a lot on their plate. Parenting can be scary and complex, especially at first and regardless of your gender. People want to do right by their kids, after all. And since all new parents are a hot mess, dads are …
By Priscilla Blossom

8 Differences Between Being Pregnant In Your 20s Vs 30s, According To Science

Whether you're planning a pregnancy, or just thinking about your future family, it's typical to think about things like child-spacing, how many kids you want, and when to start trying to conceive. When making your pro/con list, you might also conside…
By Steph Montgomery

16 Moms Share Remedies For Their Most Intense Chocolate Cravings During Pregnancy

For better or worse, pregnancy is usually synonymous with odd cravings. Sure, there are the stereotypical combos like pickles and ice cream that plague gestating women the world over, but there are other mind-boggling combinations, too, including but…
By Candace Ganger

Putting Sunscreen On Your Kid Doesn't Have To Be A Fight — Here's How To Do It

I am almost translucent, so me and sunscreen are basically besties at this point. Even though my children are beautifully deep brown thanks to my husband's genetics, I still slather them like biscuits being buttered because I refuse to take risks wit…
By Cat Bowen

7 Things A Mom Really Means When She Says She Doesn't Want Anything On Mother's Day

Every year my family asks me what I want for Mother's Day, and every single year I tell them the same thing: Nothing. So, by now, they know that when I say "nothing" I absolutely do not mean "nothing." In fact, there are more than a few things a mom …
By Candace Ganger

19 Moms Share The Way They Cured Their Pregnancy Comfort Food Cravings

I was obnoxiously sick during the first trimester with, "lucky" for me, both of my pregnancies. For the first three months I lived on saltines, lemonade, and fresh bread. Once I was able to eat, however, all I wanted was savory and sweet comfort food…
By Dina Leygerman

8 Fascinating Facts About Babies Born In May, The Luckiest Month Of All

The height of all things fresh and springy, May is an excellent month to have a baby. It's a time of growth, graduations, and outdoor celebrations. And these fascinating facts about May babies will give you more reasons than ever to appreciate childr…
By Lindsay E. Mack

I Used To Judge Formula-Feeding Moms — Until I Became One

The other patrons in the hip Brooklyn restaurant probably couldn’t care less what I was feeding my baby, but I’ll always remember the shame I felt as I quickly mixed up his bottle of formula in front of them. I admitted to my childless friend that I …
By Katherine Martinelli

7 White Lies It’s Necessary To Tell To Keep Your Relationship Healthy

Telling lots of lies typically isn't associated with a healthy, strong, lasting relationship, and that's still certainly true, but not all lies are exactly the same. Though you've probably heard from someone at least once or twice that the lie they t…
By Lauren Schumacker

The Skinny Jeans That Saved Me Postpartum

Accepting my post-pregnancy body is hands-down one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done. It’s something that I still work on every single day. During my first pregnancy, I was 20 years old, so I managed to bounce back quickly. In fact, I dropp…
By Allison Cooper

7 Ways Your Baby Is Trying To Say They Feel Safe

In those first weeks of new motherhood, it can feel like you need an interpreter for your newborn. With their limited means of communication, figuring out what message your baby is trying to get across to you can be a challenge. With time, however, y…
By Kimmie Fink

Here's Why Dogs Are Obsessed With Babies' Poop, According To Science

Most family dogs seem to understand babies, and they're more than happy to make friends with the newest member of the pack. It's adorable... for the most part and until you go to change your little one's diaper. Suddenly, you're wondering why dogs ar…
By Lindsay E. Mack

6 Signs You're Meant To Have A Big Age Gap Between Kids

There's a five year age difference between my two children, to the day. Their age gap wasn't planned but, for a variety of reasons, works well for our family. And since I was so focused on having a second baby, I totally overlooked the signs that wou…
By Candace Ganger

13 Unique (& Totally Not Mainstream) Mother's Day Gifts For The Hipster Mom

Hipsters thrive on being outside the norm and not really digging anything considered "mainstream." Whether it's in their fashion, what music they listen to, the books they read, or how they enjoy beverages, there's just something that makes them dist…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's How To Introduce Your Pet To Your Baby & Make Everything As Calm As Possible

Our home, which we lovingly refer to as “the funny farm,” is filled with four-legged family members. We have two crazy beagles and two cat jerks, and boy are they loved and spoiled. (As they should be.) But we are now finally having a baby of our own…
By Abi Berwager Schreier

Here's The Right Birth Method For You, According To Your Zodiac Sign

If you're pregnant, you've probably given childbirth some serious thought. Some moms-to-be prepare a meticulous birth plan, while others are comfortable just going with the flow. And me? Well, I made a plan... but that plan was useless when faced wit…
By Steph Montgomery

My Dog Knew I Was Pregnant Before My Family Did

Growing up, I was 100 percent sure I'd be a mom one day. To a dog, that is. My baby plans came later. And once my husband and I were sure we wanted both a dog and a baby, we'd add to our joint dog-and-baby name list over Sunday brunch or on date nigh…
By Melissa Mills