“What to Expect When You’re Expecting” – Win a Baby Magic Prize Pack
With Hollywood turning its attention to the joys and surprises of expectant moms in the new movie, “What to Expect When You’re Expecting, ” Baby Magic conducted a survey of moms that reveals that the reality of motherhood is very different than the expectation.
The survey asked moms to compare and contrast their pre-birth preparations with their post-birth life. The overwhelming majority (93%) attempted to arm themselves with information through at least one of these three sources:
- Getting personal – Family, friends and other one-on-one connections (90%)
- By the book – Authors and other advice experts (82%)
- Going online – Blogs, social media and web sites (61%)
Almost two in five (37%) found the amount of advice to be overwhelming, while one-third (33%) found themselves confused or scared prior to having their baby.
Great Expectations Meet the Reality of Motherhood
Regardless of how prepared moms were for motherhood, more than half (51%) still found themselves in surprising situations they hadn’t anticipated. Despite their best efforts to envision what motherhood entails, nearly four in five (79%) found post-baby life to be more chaotic than expected. And 51% admitted that being a mom is more work than they ever imagined.
Unexpected curveballs and situations provided the biggest surprises (and embarrassments!). The moms surveyed had no shortage of examples, including:
- Water, water everywhere – all over the bathroom floor (57%)
- A poop explosion covering baby’s clothes (42%)
- “Unidentified” diaper smells (34%)
- It’s bathtime – get mom a raincoat! (37%)
- Baby spit up – on someone other than mom! (30%)
- More food “on” baby than “in” baby (30%)
- Baby “passed wind” in a crowded public space (20%)
- Baby went to the bathroom — on someone! (16%)
Thank Heavens For Dad
Mom is not afraid to ask for assistance, especially from her spouse. The survey showed that while moms appreciate their one-on-one time with their babies, dads often lend a hand in lightening the load. Among those fathers who play an active role in their baby’s life, three in five assisted in diaper changing (60%), while nearly half took on meal (49%), bath (49%), and bed (47%) time duties.
Would Mom Change A Thing?
Despite the gap between post-baby expectations and reality, as well as all of the ups and downs that come with parenthood, when it comes to their babies new moms wouldn’t change a thing. Nearly four in five still found magic in the everyday moments with their baby (79%) and would not trade their experiences for anything in the world (79%). In addition, 54% thought that their baby’s first laugh or steps were their most memorable moments.
How did your pre-baby expectations align with your post-baby reality?
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Mommy to the Max’s “What to Expect When You’re Expecting” – Win a Baby Magic Prize Pack Contest” starts on Tuesday, May 22, 2012 and ends Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 11:59 a.m. (CST), and is open to all Mommy to the Max viewers, subscribers, and/or fans in the continental U.S. No purchase required. Relatives and employees of Mocha Dad Media are not eligible to win. You are also ineligible if you’ve won a prize from this blog within the past 60 days. One winner will be chosen via Random.org and announced on Wednesday, May 30, 2012. You must leave your contact information to collect your prize. If a winner does not respond within 3 days, a new winner will be chosen. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received compensation and/or one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All opinions are my own.