Baby Care Tips For New Moms
My original idea for this post was going to be full of useful, time saving baby care tips for new moms to get through the first months of motherhood.
I’m writing this post as I sit in a children’s hospital waiting for my daughter’s test results. Consequently, there is nothing that gives you more of a reality check than sitting in a children’s hospital. I should know. I have basically lived in one for the past few years.
But in any case, as I sit here in this children’s hospital, my view has shifted. Being a new mama is so exciting and terrifying all at the same time. So here are a few not so traditional ideas to help you along your way!
Baby Care Tips for New Moms
Baby Care Tips for New Moms #1
Take it slow
First and foremost, please take it slow. Really. You just had a baby, all of this is new. It’s important you take things slowly and don’t try to rush through anything. You want to soak it in and enjoy every second of it.
You are exhausted and need to rest. And you need to enjoy your baby and learn who your baby is!
You won’t know everything in the first month and that is just fine! Go easy on yourself and your baby. You don’t need to know everything. It’s a learning process. It’s a journey.
Enjoy the process of getting to know each other together. With each new phase comes new learning and new adventures. Take it slow.
Baby Care Tips for New Moms #2
Secondly, yes I know. Most baby care tips for new moms don’t include “have fun” but please, do me one favor and have fun!
Being a mom is fun. Sometimes as mothers we get so involved in what needs to be done that we forget to stop and have fun with our kids. So please take time to have fun.
In my opinion, your kids will remember the fun they had over the clean house, organized playroom or well-balanced meals. Each phase in your child’s life is a new and different kind of fun, so have fun with your baby.
In conclusion, just play with them. Enjoy your time with them. Dishes can wait. Go have fun. 🙂
Baby Care Tips for New Moms #3
Live in the moment
When my daughter was diagnosed with cancer our doctor gave us one bit of advice that I have lived by ever since.
It was “live in the moment”.
Strangely enough, this was strange advice for someone who just learned their child had cancer, right? But honestly, it was the best parental advice I have ever received and I have truly tried to live by it. All we have is this moment.
We can’t change what happened yesterday other than to try to be better today.
We can’t control what will happen in the future, so all we can do is live in the moment and enjoy what we have now.
Still, exhausted as you are as a new mom, it will go by fast and you will long for these days once they are gone.
I promise you. Enjoy each moment you have with your little ones.
Baby Care Tips for New Moms #4
Don’t try and control it all
Finally for my last note: Sometimes the best plans are no plans at all. Yes, there is a time and a place for control. But there is also a time and a place to let it all go and see what happens. Trying to micromanage and control every second of your child’s existence will only stress you and your child out.
Furthermore, let your child have some freedom to explore the world around them so they can learn by experience.
Here’s everything you need to know when it comes to a having a newborn and the essentials needed for them!
Becoming a mother for the first time you feel a huge rush of love gushing out of your heart all while full of exhaustion and insecurity for your new role in life.
Your new “job”
There is no school for this new “job”. And there is no correct training, or really right way to do things. There is just your way and that’s all that matters.
I know this because I have raised my kids in 3 different cultures and all 3 have gone against what the other was saying as far as raising children. The kids in these cultures are all still alive and thriving, proving each method of raising children works. For example, I vividly remember coming to the USA with my 6 month old and giving her peanut butter and having 6 moms totally fly through the roof at me because my daughter was going to die of a peanut allergy.
Because my daughter was born in a different culture that believed peanut butter was okay to be consumed within an infant’s first year, I had been giving her peanut butter since she was 4 months old. But this was not a good idea in the USA, apparently.
Be that as it may, what I learned from this was that we all do things differently, and that’s okay.
Most noteworthy, have respect for others and what they do as parents, and in turn expect others to respect you as well. We are all trying the best we can.
Remember that no mom is perfect but you are perfect for your baby. You are in this together, you and your baby. Learning and growing together.
Motherhood is such a wonderful and scary time in life. Be gentle with yourself.
Enjoy yourself. And most of all enjoy motherhood!
Comment below and let me know some of your baby care tips for new moms!