Transcript for Parenting expert and Instagram star Karrie Locher shares tips for new parents
Now to our insta-parent series. Thenline influencers helping parents with newborns, teens and everything in between, and this morning, one post-partum nurse and mother is mixing her professional and practical advice to help new moms and dads in those early days. Reporter: Bringing home bundle of joy isn't always a walk in the park. Just ask registered post-partum nurse and soon-to-be mom of four, Karrie Locher. When I had my own child and went home, I was, like, wait. Nobody told me about this, or nobody told me about that. Reporter: She launched her page last spring using her professional and personal experience to help families transition from hospital to home. The 29-year-old creating a loyal audience of over 235,000 followers in just one year like Marisol who is set to welcome other baby girl olive. As a first-time mom, I don't know a lot of the things that come with bringing a baby home. That's why you have me. I'm here. Reporter: Karrie's first tip, make bath time a two-step process. Focus on baby's body first. Get them all cleaned up and dried off. New jammies, fresh diaper and then we can focus on their hair. I want you to swaddle baby. You have control of olive's head here where you can submerge her scalp underwater by the faucet. Reporter: When tummy troubles strike, Karrie recommends an I love you abdominal massage. Make an I, L and U. Go downward to make the I, and the other side of the abdomen and go across and down to make that L, and then you do a nice, big arch to make the U at the end. You want to be moving in, like, a clockwise position because that's the way the baby's gut moves. Reporter: Finally, create a nursing cart filled with mom and baby essentials like snacks, water and diapers. I always found myself running to get more things. I was, like, why don't I have something on wheels to take with me? It's so much more convenient. I know that all of these things are going to help me with her. Karrie Locher is joining us now, and good morning to you. Hi. We know -- hey. We know that getting to it of the house is important right now, but what are the diaper bag essentials you should not leave home without? Yes. You want to make sure that you have an extra change of clothes for baby, and I'm going to show you a space-saving way to fold that. All right. So you're going to get your shirt out, and then you put your pants on top and fold them in half. You fold your sleeves over top of the outfit, pick your socks with the elastics facing out at the top, and you roll down, and you fasten the socks. You end up get a little baby cannoli like this. Ah. You did pretty good. You know what? I have some skills. That's what happens when you have four kids. I love it. And the next little space-saving tip is putting your pacifiers in a little tubber ware container so you're not digging around trying to find them when your baby is fussy, and keeping mom and baby's things separate a helpful as well. That keeps the pacifiers a little bit cleaner too. Exactly. You also have some tips for chaning a baby on the go. This is going to be helpful for parents. What's that? Absolutely. This is a great parenting hack. When you go to pull wipes out of the container, you end up getting five or six when you only need one, so if you put a little hair tie or rubber band around the container, you only get one when you go to pull it another tip I have is just a car changing kit. I use a reusable wipes container, and I rubber band the wipes to the top of the lid, and that way you have all the space for baby's things to change them inside, and my last tip is babies tend to pee when they're exposed to air. Before opening their diaper up, use cold stimuli and run it along before you open the diaper up. These tip wills help parents out there. You can get her tips on goodmorningamerica.com.
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