Being a first-time mom is a major adjustment. There’s a new edition to the family, and that new edition requires a lot! Below are some pointers based on my personal experiences for surviving those first few months. I hope you find them helpful.
- Just Breathe – You’re doing a great job. No mom is perfect. A newborn can be overwhelming. Not to mention, your physical recovery from birth, adjusting hormones, and sore nipples (if you’re breast feeding). When it gets crazy, take a moment and breathe. The crazy doesn’t last forever.
- Give your body some time – You just gave birth to a human being for goodness sake! Unrealistic expectations of your body will only make things worse. It will take time to feel “normal” again. Your body will be different but in a good way. Soon you will learn to adjust your routine to include your new bundle of joy. Sore nipples and a sore bum will be a thing of the past, and you will soon tap into your greatest natural resource, your mommy strength.
- Take care of yourself – I know there’s not much “me” time with a new baby, but carving out some time to rest and eat is essential. Shower/bath time is the perfect opportunity to unwind. Warm water, calming music, and fresh clothes make anyone feel brand new. Also keep healthy snacks near to munch on.
- Prepare – Most newborns eat and then go back to sleep. However, there may be a time when baby will not fall right back to sleep, and is cranky. In preparation for said time I suggest the following; go to bed a few hours before baby wakes up for the night, prepare bottles a head of time, keep all the essentials (i.e. diapers, wipes, cloth-diapers, TV remote, and cellphone) within arm’s reach. When baby wakes up you’ll be prepared for anything, well almost.
- Sleep when the baby is sleeping – As much as I hate to admit it, this statement is true. It may be the only rest you get.
- White noise – Now this tip is optional. I found it helpful with all three of my children. Dry diaper, full tummy, plus white noise equals a rested baby on cranky nights. Try it!
- Accept Help – Sometimes it’s hard to relinquish duties to others. Accept the assistance, you’ll need it.
Remember, a happy healthy mom is the best mom!