You have been through pregnancy, labor, and childbirth, and now you are able to come home and start with a new life phase. Once home, however, you can feel like you don’t know what you’re doing!
As a new mom, being kind and compassionate with yourself is the most essential thing. It is not a simple job to bring a baby into the world and care for a little child. Whenever you can, cut yourself some slack.
You’ll learn something different every day as a new parent, but you don’t have to find out everything on your own. Here are some advice and tips every new mom needs to know.
If You Are Co-parenting, Be A Team With Your Partner
If you need to, be sure that you and your partner or co-parent take care of different jobs when it comes to parenting.
You might get to a place where you always feel the need to do it all as a mom. but it’s all right to let others step in, as well. Rotating the bedtime routine between parents each night is one thing you can consider doing in your household.
Do What Works For You
If a book says to do something a very specific way, don’t feel the pressure to make things happen that exact same way. You know your child, and your maternal instincts are strong.
You are allowed to feel secure in your decision if you don’t do as the book says. In some cases, it is possible that what works for one child would be entirely different for another.
Eat Nutritious Food
It is so vital to nourish your body with fortifying foods that will give you real energy (not sugar!) whether you are healing from surgery, a long delivery, or just tired from restless nights, feeding, and emotions (this applies to any new mother).
If you can, arrange daily deliveries, ask your friends to drop off some additional food for you, and make sure that there are plenty of healthy meals in the refrigerator. If not, ask close family or friends to prepare and store it.
It’s difficult to embrace support from others sometimes. If someone is going to clean your room or offer you dinner, it’s all right if you just say YES to it all. If there is ever a time in your life to swallow your pride and ask for help, it is this phase of life.
Borrow As Much “Stuff” As Possible
You will be in a brief period of time in which you need all the baby items you can get, so don’t pointlessly waste money. If they are past that point, people are usually pleased to get old baby goods out of their home.
Just don’t forget to make a note of who gave you what. When it comes time to return it, it will be immensely beneficial.
Keep your stroller stocked with diapers, wipes, and a change of clothes, so you can head out without a diaper bag at any time. Or strap on your baby carrier and stroll around.
A little fresh air often relieves stress, renews you, and, don’t forget, naturally helps you lose some baby weight without dieting.
Motherhood is particularly difficult for those moms who aspire to an ideal timetable and a structured life. Just let it go and know that if you are willing to give it sufficient time, everything will start to fall into place.
There’s no lack of new mom advice available. There’s plenty of advice to consider, between best-selling parenting books, well-meaning family and friends, and even strangers on the street, but you can begin with the tips listed above.