7 Things Every New Mom Should Know
Becoming a mother for the first time is a life changing blessing that comes with its own struggles. To most of new moms, it is not easy, especially the first few months. Being a mom means compromising a lot of your old habits, and mainly privacy. Although each child experience is unique, there are some tips that we can recommend to help you along the journey.
Here are the 7 most important things every new mom should know.
- Things Will Not Always Go As Planned
You may think that if you were well prepared before your child’s birth then you are set on the right track. Unfortunately, children are unpredictable. If your plan for delivery was a certain way, that doesn’t necessarily guarantee it will go as planned. Surely, being prepared will maintain your calm, but when things don’t go as planned, don’t be too hard on yourself. Always remind yourself that if things are not going as you imagined, then that doesn’t mean you’re not doing a good job. It is a different learning experience for each mother.
- It Takes Time To Bond With Your New-Born
A lot of new parents don’t feel an instant, euphoric connection with their baby, and that is completely fine. For some people, it may take time to develop a relationship with their new baby. That being said, it doesn’t mean that these parents don’t love their children. It just may be harder to some parents more than others to show affection.
- Don’t Say No
Motherhood is a pretty difficult job, and you will often find yourself in need of help. When a friend or family member offers it, don’t say no. This could mean agreeing to a dinner out with friends while your husband watches the baby. If your mother-in-law offers to help in any way, say yes. If your friend offer to clean your house, say yes.
- Breastfeeding Can Be Hard
No matter how much you prepare, take classes, buy the required equipment, and practice, some things may not go according to plan. Stress especially plays a big role in this. Often, the more stressed a woman is, the less she will able to produce milk. Breastfeeding may not work for everyone. If you do decide to breastfeed, then that is great and it will strengthen the bond with your baby. Don’t be too hard on yourself though, as it takes practice and patience.
- Find Support
Having a baby is like a crazy ride, so you need to find people who have gone on this ride before and can help you during your journey. You can probably find a family member or a friend who has had a child before and can provide the support you need. If not, then maybe try joining a parenting group or class. You will later realize that every new parent is dealing with similar issues to yours, and you will be a great source of help to each other.
- Don’t Compare Your Journey To Others
Every parent is on a different road, all leading to the same destination: raising a healthy happy child. Different children can walk, talk, and learn at different rates. So never look at what other kids of the same age are doing.
- Listen to Your Intuition
Being a new mom is hard enough on its own. In an attempt to help, many people will try to impose their opinions on how you should be dealing with your child. But remember, what works for others may not work for you. No matter how much you think you are prepared, there will always be bumps along the way, and in those situations you have to trust your gut.