23 Small Parenting Milestones That Are Kind of a Big Deal

We spend a lot of time gushing over our children's "firsts," no matter how big or small, but sometimes even the most mundane parenthood tasks are worth making a big deal over! From learning how to parent your newborn baby to figuring out how your toddler operates, here are a few parenting firsts that might seem like small potatoes — but are kind of a big deal — that even seasoned moms and dads will appreciate.

01
First time you bathe your baby all by yourself.
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First time you bathe your baby all by yourself.

02
First time your baby is crying and you know exactly why.
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First time your baby is crying and you know exactly why.

03
First time you use the BabyBjörn.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you use the BabyBjörn.

04
First time you take a walk with your baby.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take a walk with your baby.

05
First time you change a diaper in public (especially if it's a blowout).
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you change a diaper in public (especially if it's a blowout).

06
First time you spend the entire day alone with your baby.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you spend the entire day alone with your baby.

09
First time you cut your baby's nails (without using your teeth).
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you cut your baby's nails (without using your teeth).

10
First time you take the baby out to dinner.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take the baby out to dinner.

11
First time you call the pediatrician in the middle of the night.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you call the pediatrician in the middle of the night.

12
First time you take your tot to church.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take your tot to church.

13
First time you take your baby on an airplane.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take your baby on an airplane.

15
First time you use a babysitter that's not family.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you use a babysitter that's not family.

16
First time you take your baby on a jog.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take your baby on a jog.

17
First time your child vomits (and it's not just a little spit-up).
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time your child vomits (and it's not just a little spit-up).

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18
First time you plan — and complete — a craft with your tot.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you plan — and complete — a craft with your tot.

19
First time you have to discipline your child in public.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you have to discipline your child in public.

20
First time you leave the house with your child wearing underwear.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you leave the house with your child wearing underwear.

22
First time you take your kiddo to the park.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you take your kiddo to the park.

23
First time you don't use a monitor while your child sleeps.
Flickr user Mike Fernwood

First time you don't use a monitor while your child sleeps.