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Baby has arrived, and he is undoubtedly the most gorgeous human being ever created. But with all that feeding, rocking and napping, it could be a while before your friends and family actually meet the little one. Your baby announcements or thank-you notes may just be the first impression they get of your bundle of joy, and as the saying goes, you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression. Few know this better than the experts at Lion in the Sun in Park Slope, where you can find the prettiest paper goods in town. Help your urban babe achieve some cool local flavor with five baby stationery picks from Lion in the Sun owner Melinda Morris.

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Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.

Below are six of the biggest lies I believed before having kidsβ€”and the reality of what actually happened for me.

1. Put your baby down drowsy, but awake

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