The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s baby is due in just a few days and royal baby fever is kicking into high gear.
Let’s face it, things are about to get real for the soon-to-be parents.
So to help them out, we asked our readers what advice they have for Prince William and Kate as they venture into parenthood:
Carly Mauseth-Urbach, 32, of Omaha
Mother of two children — ages 8 and 6
“Enjoy them when they are little. They don’t stay that way for very long. In a blink of an eye they will be teenagers and then graduating college. Make family time a priority and make it fun. Also, read to them. They are never too young to start reading to — even when in your womb. Best wishes to William and Kate as they embark on one of the greatest parts of life … being a parent.”
Wayne Brekke, 45, of Omaha
Father of four children — ages 24, 22, 17 and 13
“To Prince William and Kate, I say make sure you enjoy every minute of raising a child to be a caring, thoughtful and respectful human being. They grow up way too fast. Raise a person that sees beauty in everything and everyone, a person that honors equality and freedom.
“To the nanny staff of Prince William and Kate, good luck with that.”
Sally Deskins, 32, former Omahan who recently moved to Morgantown, W.Va.
Mother of two children — ages 6 and 4
“Oh, dear, I don’t think they’ll need advice as much help as they have … but to any parent I’d say stay true to yourself, take care of yourself first to be the best, most resilient parent for the kids you’ll love more than anything.”
Nicky Franker, 28, of Council Bluffs
Mother of two children — ages 10 and 4
“Always remember to burp between feedings.”
Erin Howeth, 27, of Omaha
Mother of a 3-year-old
“Don’t try to be perfect. You’re always going to make mistakes. Everyone around you will most likely give you their input on the best way to raise your child, but ultimately it comes down to you and what’s best for your child. … (Remember to) let kids be kids. I see too many young kids with iPads and cellphones and iPods and all they do is sit in front of a computer; get them outside and learning new things. When we were kids none of those things existed, yet we turned out just fine.”
Joe Figueroa, 37, of Omaha
Father of a 15-year-old
“Keep them out of public view until later. Let the kid enjoy his life before being put under the microscope.”
Kristina Pache, 26, of Omaha
Mother of two boys — ages 6 and 2 — and expecting another in October
“Follow your instinct and just show that baby as much love as you can. Children grow up so fast, and watching them go from goo-goo-ga-ga to saying actual words is amazing.”
Neal Schmidt, 22, of Omaha.
Father of a 1-year-old
“Focus on being parents and enjoy every moment you can have alone with your child,” he said. With the duke and duchess’ lavish lifestyle, it’s going to be tough. “Sometimes try taking a break from being royalty.”
Aubrey Christine Sookram, 29, of Omaha
Mother of three children — ages 8, 6 and 4
(Mom Aubrey Sookram, Aidia, 8, Leela, 6, Ivan, 4, and dad Joel, 29.)
“I am sure that the young royal couple will have plenty of toys to choose from, but William and Kate should never leave the house without one important (and seemingly distracting) item … a water bottle with the lid removed! BEST. TOY. EVER.”
DON PANKIEVCZ, 33, of Omaha
Father of three children— ages 6, 3 and 1
“Always keep extra diapers. Never mix warm milk and oranges. Forget your gag reflex exists ’cause the smell lingers. Be patient; people you have never met before will now be drawn to you and your baby. They will forget about your personal space and they will either touch you or your child. Baby = stranger magnet.”
Ashley Isbell, 26, of Carroll, Iowa
Mother of two children — ages 6 and 5
“Enjoy every little moment you can while they are that young because they grow up way too fast.”
Tiffany Costello, 28, of Omaha
Mother of four children — ages 9, 6, 4 and 1
“Relax when the baby is sleeping. Take deep breaths through hard parenting moments such as teething and fussy times.”
— Compiled by Shauna Brayman, Momaha.com intern, and Josefina Loza, Momaha.com editor
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