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WATCH: 10 Things You Need to Know Before Having a Baby

Number One is guaranteed to open the floodgates


How do you prepare to become a parent? All over the world parents are busting a gut, LOLing at this question.

Truth is, you can't. Nothing can truly prepare you for the title of Mom or Dad. But the parents in the latest must-see video by Extra Space Storage have some pretty sweet and sound advice to get you on the right track.

Most tips are tried and tested kernels, like taking time for yourself (#8) and getting your baby on a schedule (#9) as soon as humanly possible. Being grateful for your kids (#3) and discovering who they are (#7) in their own right. 

Once you have a baby, one mom points out, everything you will do will inevitably be viewed as the best and the worst thing in someone else's opinion, so avoid the Internet (except YMC, of course) and Dr. Google at all costs.  Even though it sounds like a contradiction in terms, the best parenting advice is to ignore 90 percent of parenting advice (#10).

Be prepared for the unexpected, like having twins or a child with a disability (#6).
Be prepared for the mind-boggling amount of crap—I mean, stuff—that will descend upon your home almost overnight (#5). Strollers, car seats, cribs, and toys. Don't even get us started on the toys. When you make space for life, you must also make room for stuff. (This is a storage ad, after all...)
On a personal note, what I know now that I wish I'd known then was not to go too hard on myself. As one dad rightly points out: "It's all just spilled milk." And slow down and smell the baby skin (#4) because they grow. Way. too. fast.
What you cannot possibly prepare for as a parent, and as a viewer, is #1. The top parenting tip will have you nodding like a fool and blubbering through your lunch break, ready to take on the madness—every snotty nose, every tantrum, every meconium-filled diaper—all over again in a heartbeat. 

"Just relax," says the kid in the video, "you're going to be great... hopefully."

What advice would you give to first-time parents?