It’s hard enough to keep up with your pre-baby daily routine while your baby is a newborn. As the child gets older, the tasks to be completed only increase.
The first few months with a newborn baby can be an emotional roller coaster for new mothers. Adapting to life with a new person isn’t easy, but there are fun ways to make it easier for yourself and your baby.
Here are some baby tips for new moms from other moms on how to make the transition into motherhood a little more enjoyable:
With these great tips and tricks, you will be able to keep up with the messiest moments in your life as a new mom.
Know your kid
Every baby is different, so learn which type you have on your hands as soon as possible. Is yours a calm and contented little thing or a fussy, demanding bundle? Does she like to be held constantly or just when she’s hungry? Does he like music playing softly in the background or does it keep him up? Does she need help to fall asleep or does she drift off on her own?
Some kids are colicky, others sleep like angels. Some have allergies to dairy or mother’s milk, and others just have a preference for bottles over the breast. The only way to find out is to pay attention — and adjust accordingly.
Decorate the nursery
The nursery doesn’t have to be elaborate or expensive, but it should be comfortable and cute enough that you want to spend time there with your baby.
One mom says she decorated her daughter’s nursery with very bright colors and lots of animals to create a fun place for her baby to spend time while she was trying to get used to mommyhood.
Support your baby’s head and neck
Newborns don’t have strong neck muscles yet, so they need extra support — especially when they’re sleeping. Keep this in mind whenever you’re carrying or holding your baby.
Never shake your newborn
Shaking a baby can cause bleeding in the brain and even death. If you’re frustrated or tired, put the baby down in a safe place (such as her crib) and walk away until you feel better.
Sleep when the baby sleeps
This is one of the most common pieces of advice given by veteran moms, but it’s also one of the hardest things for new mothers to do. Oftentimes, even when the baby is sleeping you have housework or other tasks waiting for you.
You might not be able to do this constantly at first but try your hardest at least until your baby reaches 3 months old.
After that point, you might have more energy for getting housework done and will feel more comfortable about leaving him or her alone in another room.
Trust your instincts
You know your baby better than anyone else in the world — besides maybe their father. When it comes to feeding and sleeping schedules, one size does not fit all. Some babies need more milk or sleep while others need less. Listen to your instincts and do what feels right to you and your little one.
Have patience with yourself
Parenting can be frustrating and confusing sometimes. Do not beat yourself up when something goes wrong or if you do not understand something right away. Babies cannot read minds so they cannot tell us exactly what they want or need.
This makes being a new parent especially hard because we are still learning about our child’s body language and signals as well as our own parenting abilities and knowledge. We all make mistakes as parents, so have patience with yourself.
Get ready for sick days
We all get sick, even babies. When it happens, don’t panic! Take a deep breath and call your medical provider if needed—or just Google it and see what comes up first.
Take it easy
During pregnancy, you took extra care of yourself and your baby. Now that your baby is here, remember that after nine months of being pregnant, plus labor and childbirth, you need some time to recover. If possible, plan on getting plenty of rest and relaxation during the first six weeks postpartum (after delivery).
Baby blues affect up to 80% of new moms
During the first week after childbirth, it’s normal for your emotions to swing back and forth between happiness and sadness or irritability. It may be due in part to hormonal changes as well as fatigue and exhaustion.
After a week or two, most women feel better — but if you’re still feeling sad or blue, talk with your doctor about it. Postpartum depression is more serious than the “baby blues.” It usually occurs in the first few months after delivery.
Learn how to bathe your baby
You don’t need to give your newborn a bath every day, but you will want to do it several times a week at first. Practice bathing your baby in advance of the big day, so you feel more comfortable when it comes time for the actual bath.
Consider waiting until your baby’s umbilical cord falls off before giving her a bath in the tub.
It’s best to wash areas like the face and genitals daily. You can use cotton balls and warm water or specially made cleansers for babies.
Get help from others so you can get enough rest
If possible, ask someone to help out for the first few weeks after your baby is born, especially if this is your first child. They won’t be around forever, so take advantage of their offer!
Having someone there for you and your baby means that you can focus on getting adequate rest and healing from childbirth – in other words, getting better so you can be a good mom.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Ideally, you’ll have a friend or family member who can be there with you when your baby comes home from the hospital. If not, ask your midwife or doctor if there are any organizations in your area that can connect you with other moms.
Even if you’re not breastfeeding, you might want someone to help out with cooking and housework for a while, so that you can get some rest. If possible, try to find someone who has experience with newborns.
All babies cry
Babies cry constantly. It’s what they do. Your baby will cry even if he doesn’t have a diaper rash and even if she isn’t hungry or tired. Sometimes they just need a little cuddling or soothing.
As long as their basic needs are met, don’t worry — they’re perfectly healthy and normal.
Be kind and patient with yourself
Be kind and patient with yourself. Your body will never look the same again. It will take time for your body to return to normal after giving birth, so don’t feel discouraged if you don’t fit into your skinny jeans right away or if you haven’t lost all the baby weight in two weeks (it took nine months to gain that weight, so give yourself at least that long to lose it).
When you’re wrong, admit
We all make mistakes, even as parents. But rather than try to cover up your errors or blame someone else if something goes wrong, own up to it. Doing so will not only set a good example for your children but also earn their respect and trust.
Give yourself time
Taking care of a newborn is time-consuming and exhausting work. And on top of that, you may have an older kid or two who’s depending on you.
But don’t be afraid to ask for help or take time out for yourself — whether it’s a hot bath or simply sitting down with a good book and your favorite cup of tea or coffee. Taking care of yourself will make you better equipped to take care of others.
Give baby massages
Baby massages can calm a fussy babies and help them sleep better at night. And it’s good for you too! Research shows that baby massages can lower stress hormones in both mom and baby. It’s a great way to bond with your little one.
Practice tummy time
Tummy time helps strengthen neck and shoulder muscles, which are critical for development. As soon as they’re born, babies need to practice tummy time several times a day while they’re awake and supervised, even if they only last a few minutes at first.
As they get older, you can do tummy time on the floor together — it’ll give them a chance to get used to being on their stomachs while being near you at the same time.
Find mom community
Having a community of moms around you can help ease the stress of parenthood. You can find these moms online or in your local area through mom groups or playgroups.
Baby Tips for New Moms – Final Words
It is not easy to be a mother. It is one of the most challenging jobs in the world and it is something that you will probably have to do for the rest of your life. Just remember that every child goes through phases and every child will eventually grow up as he gets older.