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45 Inspirational Quotes for New Parents

By Amy Morrison

I wanted to find some inspirational parenting quotes that gave a little insight on the whole parenting journey – even though I think “Shit Happens” pretty much covers it.

That said, there’s some true wisdom to be gleaned from those who have gone before us. Some are inspirational, some are funny, and some are just plain truths. I'd like to note that I tried a little Googling to make sure I wasn't quoting horrific people, which took me down a rabbit hole of old-timey photos and biographies. I decided to abandon that and focus on the quotes themselves. Hey, a broken clock is right twice a day.

Hopefully, you’ll find something here that speaks to whatever kind of day you’re having.

There is nothing like a  newborn baby to renew your spirit and to buttress your resolve to make the world a better place.

For the record, I don't think we use the word 'buttress' enough.

Babies are bits of star-dust blown from the hand of God. Lucky the woman who knows the pangs of birth  for she has held a star.

Kinda cool but I'm still not sure if it counterbalances hemorrhoids.

A baby is a blank check made payable  to the human race.

This one got real deep, real fast but I love it.

Babies are such a  nice way to start people.

It would be even nicer if they slept longer.

Being a parent means loving your children more than you've ever loved yourself.

So corny but still true.

A baby fills a place in your heart that you never knew was empty.

I find this quote especially helpful if you're worried about having enough love for a second baby.

A baby is a blessing.  A gift from heaven above, a precious little angel,  to cherish and to love.

A beautiful sentiment if you're writing a note or looking for a quote to use around a christening.

A baby is a bridge between angels and humans.

There's a great devil joke in here but I don't want to be a turd around this lovely sentiment.

Children are the living messages we send to a time we will not see.

I may or may not have cried over this one.

A baby is always a good excuse to slow down and enjoy life for a little while.

So true. Life goes a lot smoother if you're able to slow down to baby speed.

A baby's love is the purest kind.

I think dogs could give them a run for their money.

A baby is born with a need to be loved – and never outgrows it.

A lovely reminder to anyone struggling with the toddler or teen years.

People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one.

I also find people who offer up unsolicited parenting advice typically have had a full night of sleep.

Babies are like little suns that, in a magical way, bring warmth, happiness, and light into our lives.

Aw! You are my sunshine.

A baby is a blank canvas. Whatever you paint  on it, that's what the picture is going to be.

No pressure.

A baby is the beginning of all things—wonder, hope, a dream of possibilities.

A lovely quote if you're congratulating a new parent.

Babies are the links  in a chain of love that binds together families past, present, and future.

I suppose this isn't always true, but I love the idea.

With every newborn baby, a little sun rises.

The future is bright.

The moment a child is born, the mother is also born.  She never existed before.  The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

I don't know why I felt like this quote was on the edge of being offensive – maybe a hint about being a mother is an identity – but I did truly feel a shift in who I was after I had kids.

Parenting:  the days are long,  but the years are short.

You don't feel this one until the years pass.

A baby is a little bit  of heaven on earth.

They can be hell on earth too but that makes for a less charming quote.

Parenting is not a sprint, it's a marathon. It takes a lot of patience, a lot of energy, and a lot of love.

Pace yourself.

A baby's smile is a language that can melt anyone's heart.

I'm sure there is always one grump, but this is weirdly true.

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.

Respecting your child's parent is a good idea on all sides.

A baby is something you carry inside you for nine months, in your arms for three years, and in your heart until the day you die.

I don't know if I find this quote inspiring or terrifying, but it's true.

Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation, where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body,  a miracle of wisdom.

If you are looking for something a little more profound.

A baby's laughter is  pure and heartwarming, and can make even the grumpiest of people smile.

Nothing like those baby belly laughs.

A baby is cuddles and tickles on toes, the sweet smell of powder, a kiss on the nose!

So sweet.

A baby will make love stronger, days shorter, nights longer, bankroll smaller, home happier, clothes shabbier, the past forgotten, and the future worth living for.

Contrasts all around.

Parenting is the biggest sacrifice one can make.  It’s putting your life on hold to fulfill the promise of your children’s tomorrow.

I think there is a fine line between 'sacrifice' and 'martyrdom' but I get where this is coming from.

There is an instinct in a woman to love most her own child – and an instinct to make any child who needs her love, her own.

This took me a couple of reads but then I was all in.

Parenthood is like a huge reality TV show, except that everyone is the star and the cameras never stop rolling.

I feel like there's more drama and crying.

Before I got married, I had six theories about raising children. Now, I have six children and no theories.

I was a great parent until I had kids.

In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.

Such a nice thought.

A baby is God’s opinion that the world should go on.

I'm not going to get too deep on this one and just take the lovely sentiment at face value.

Raising kids is part joy and part guerilla warfare.

You said it, Ed.

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Applies to every aspect of life, not just parenthood.

If your baby is beautiful and perfect, never cries  or fusses, sleeps on schedule and burps on demand – an angel all the time – you're the grandma.

You know who you are!

Never let a problem to be solved become more important than a person to be loved.

Good lesson for life in general.

Parenthood is the easiest thing in the world to have an opinion about, but the hardest thing in the world to do.

It's easy to criticize the game when you're sitting in the stands.

Parents need to fill a child's bucket of self-esteem so high that the rest of the world can't poke enough holes to make it dry.

And self esteem ain't arrogance.

Babies are always  a lot more trouble than you thought – and more wonderful

They are so very troubleful.

Do what you feel in your heart to be right. You'll be criticized for it anyway.

Just visit any parenting forum.

A baby's first step is into your heart and stays there forever.

One small step.

What's a great parenting quote that inspires you?

I'd love to add more to the list!

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