9 Things No One Told You About Becoming a New Parent

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Despite mountains of baby books that suggest otherwise, it’s impossible to know exactly what to expect when you have a kid. Parenthood comes with all sorts of surprises no one thinks to warn you about—until now.

1. YOU HAVE A NEW APPRECIATION FOR YOUR OWN PARENTS.

Nothing changes how you view the people who raised you like having a kid of your own. The home-cooked meals, late-night bedtime stories, and supply of clean laundry you took for granted as a child will suddenly seem like impressive achievements as a new parent. Expect to call your mom and dad during those first weeks with lots of belated thank yous—and pleas for advice. You should be comforted to hear that they weren’t always as confident as you thought.

2. YOUR SOCIAL LIFE SUFFERS.

After the baby arrives, your social life is one of the first things to fall to the bottom of your priorities list. Caring for a child leaves little room to schedule a night out, and when new parents do get a moment to themselves it's usually reserved for rest and relaxation. If you’re insistent on maintaining your social butterfly status post-baby, be aware that making time for fun won’t come as easily as it once did.

3. THE SLEEP DEPRIVATION CAN BE DANGEROUS.

You don’t have to be a parent to know that having a baby in the house—or the apartment next door—makes it hard to get some shut-eye. But until you experience it firsthand, it’s hard to understand just how serious sleep deprivation can be. One study found that new moms registered medically significant levels of tiredness even 18 weeks after giving birth. Running on insufficient sleep for such a long period turns everyday tasks like driving into health hazards.

4. YOU’LL BECOME AN EXPERT ON CHILDREN’S TV.

You may have missed an entire season of that critically acclaimed drama you used to love, but you’ll have every word of your kid’s favorite program memorized. Just don’t be surprised when your friends aren’t interested in discussing the latest plot twist in a show aimed at toddlers. 

5. YOUR PETS GET LESS ATTENTION.

Without a kid to take care of, pet owners have plenty of energy to devote to their four-legged companions. Fido may be unhappy to hear that having a human baby around changes that dynamic. The free time you once spent walking and playing with your dog suddenly vanishes after becoming a new parent. Dogs still need exercise, though, or you’ll have a set of new behavior problems on your hands, so you may need to enlist a walker to help relieve you of these duties.

6. OWNING NICE THINGS BECOMES A CHALLENGE.

One way to become less attached to your material possessions is to have a baby. Cherished sweaters become magnets for stains; white walls become art projects. New parents quickly learn to live with objects that show evidence of wear-and-tear.

7. BABIES GROW FASTER THAN YOU CAN KEEP UP WITH.

Don’t make the mistake of splurging on more newborn clothes than you need. Infants grow so quickly that they may not have a chance to cycle through a complete wardrobe before their next growth spurt. When shopping for garments, keep in mind that you’ll get more use out of 3-to-6-month or 6-to-9-month sized clothes than outfits made for newborns.

8. BABY TALK SLIPS INTO ADULT SPEECH.

When the person you spend most of your time with is less than a year old, expect it to come through in your grown-up conversations. Stomachs become “tummies,” blankets becomes “blankies,” and the five minutes you find to rest your head in the middle of the day is “naptime.”

9. ALL YOUR PREPARATION GOES OUT THE WINDOW.

You can spend months planning out exactly what kind of parent you’ll be, but everything changes once the day finally arrives. There’s one important piece of advice that’s more valuable than anything you’ll learn from a parenting class or read in a baby book: Be prepared to be flexible.

Amazon’s Big Fall Sale Features Deals on Electronics, Kitchen Appliances, and Home Décor

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If you're looking for deals on items like Keurigs, BISSELL vacuums, and essential oil diffusers, it's usually pretty slim pickings until the holiday sales roll around. Thankfully, Amazon is starting these deals a little earlier with their Big Fall Sale, where customers can get up to 20 percent off everything from home decor to WFH essentials and kitchen gadgets. Now you won’t have to wait until Black Friday for the deal you need. Make sure to see all the deals that the sale has to offer here and check out our favorites below.

Electronics

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- COMFEE Toaster Oven $29 (save $9)

- AmazonBasics 1500W Oscillating Ceramic Heater $31 (save $4)

Home office Essentials

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- HP Neverstop Laser Printer $250 (save $30)

- HP ScanJet Pro 2500 f1 Flatbed OCR Scanner $274 (save $25)

- HP Printer Paper (500 Sheets) $5 (save $2)

- Mead Composition Books Pack of 5 Ruled Notebooks $11 (save $2)

- Swingline Desktop Hole Punch $7 (save $17)

- Officemate OIC Achieva Side Load Letter Tray $15 (save $7)

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Toys and games

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Home Improvement

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- Lush Decor Blue and Gray Flower Curtains Pair $57 (save $55)

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Get Into the Halloween Spirit With Harry Potter and Star Wars Costumes and Accessories From Hot Topic

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Halloween is fast approaching, and that means it's time to start picking up those decorations, planning your costume, and settling down for a few monster movie marathons. Hot Topic is already way ahead of you, with a selection of costumes and accessories based on fan-favorite movies and TV shows like Harry Potter, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Stranger Things, and Hocus Pocus. We've picked out some of our favorites for you to check out below.

Harry Potter

1. Beauxbatons Hat and Cape Uniform; $60

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If Fleur Delacour is your favorite character from the Triwizard Tournament, then this look is for you. Beauxbatons baby blue hat and cape can now be yours to prance around in and pretend you're from the magical French academy for young witches.

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2. Hogwarts Zip-Up Hoodie Cloak; $55

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One of the most iconic parts of the Hogwarts uniform is the cloak. The sweeping black robes looked so official and mystical in the movies that it almost seems wrong not to wear one if you want to be a Hogwarts student for Halloween. These hoodie cloaks are available in all four house colors.

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3. Hogwarts Cardigan Sweater; $49

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Much like the cloak, the sweater vests and cardigans the students at Hogwarts got to wear are essential to any costume. You can choose from the four house crests and colors, so you can show your allegiance while also making a fashion statement.

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4. Hogwarts Plaid Skirtall; $45

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Though this isn't a look you'd recognize from the Harry Potter movies, these plaid skirtalls—skirt overalls, basically—feature the crest and colors of whichever house you represent.

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Star Wars

1. The Mandalorian Helmet; $17

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With the second season of The Mandalorian coming out right in time for Halloween, going as one of the show's main characters is a no-brainer. And since you probably can't pull off the Baby Yoda look, this simple Mando helmet is your best option.

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2. Yoda Pet Costume; $20

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Baby Yoda is easily the cutest thing to emerge from the new Disney+ series, and there's no shortage of merchandise with that little green face plastered across it. From Amazon Echo Dots to slippers to LEGO sets, the little rascal is everywhere. But if you're more a fan of classic Yoda, you can impose your love of the character on your dog with this costume, complete with floppy green ears and tiny Jedi robe.

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3. The Force Awakens Rey Costume; $48

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Rey represents a new generation of Star Wars hero, and her costume during her time on Jakku from The Force Awakens is still her most iconic look. It's also a costume that's simple enough to throw on for Halloween and still feel comfortable in.

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4. R2-D2 with Pumpkin Decoration; $50

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When trick-or-treaters stop to collect candy from your house, greet them with this inflatable R2-D2 decoration that's primed for Halloween. Standing around 3 feet tall, this will show off your love for a galaxy far, far away and your holiday spirit.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas

1. Sally Scrunchies Set; $10

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If you're looking to embrace your The Nightmare Before Christmas love in a more subtle way, opt for these Sally-approved scrunchies that embody the colors of the movie without going too far overboard.

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2. Jack Skellington Button-Up Shirt; $35

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If Jack Skellington is your ultimate fashion hero, then this button-up pinstriped shirt is the ticket for you. It mimics Jack's look right down to the unique bat-shaped collar.

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3. Jack and Sally 'Love is Eternal' Eyeshadow Palette; $17

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Makeup inspired by your favorite characters is the key to completing a Halloween look, and this palette will help you make a colorful, smokey eye featuring shades seen in The Nightmare Before Christmas. You can even use these colors long after Halloween is over once you've mastered your favorite style.

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4. Zero Dog Costume; $29

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The real star of The Nightmare Before Christmas has to be the dog, Zero, and now you can drape your own pooch in the ghostly visage for under $30.

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