In the beginning: advice for new mums
Not so long ago I was a first time mum.
I was bombarded with advice from all over the place.
It was a mix of both good and bad but also extremely overwhelming.
At times it got me thinking as to whether I was doing the right thing.
But even though I listened to all the awesome tips and hints, I knew I still had to find my own way of doing things to suit both myself and my brand new baby.
It’s true when you’re told to trust your motherly instincts.
More often than not they won’t fail you.
But don’t panic if you feel you aren’t quite there yet.
But even still, it’s nice to hear others thoughts to know you’re on the right track.
Let’s face it we don’t want to become “helicopter” parents, hovering over our little ones every second.
You may as well cover them up in bubble wrap.
Although that would be funny to watch as they waddle around.
But it always pays to be armed with some good advice from those who have been there before you to get you through the tough and rough patches.
With that in mind I did a little bit of thinking and looking around to find some advice for brand new mums.
Hope this helps in some way if you feel you need it....
-Don’t expect to be an expert instantly, you are new to the role.
-Babies don’t come with an instruction manual, just because you can’t work out what’s wrong doesn’t make you a failure.
-Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If people offer to cook, clean or hold the baby let them do it so you can have a break! They won't be there at 2am when your eyes are hanging out of your head.
-Take it one day at a time, things will fall into place eventually.
-It is okay to cry!
-Don’t sweat the small stuff! Yes, being a new parent is overwhelming but don’t let the little things become big things.
-Babies really don’t care how clean the house is and quite frankly neither do your visitors, enjoy the early days because they fly by so fast.
-You don’t have to do everything yourself, you don’t need to prove yourself to anyone.
-While it is important to look after your baby, don’t forget about yourself!
-You don’t have to love every minute of motherhood.
-If you are offered home visits by a midwife, take them, they give great reassurance and helpful information when you’re still finding your feet.
-Join a mother’s group! You can commiserate about your new offspring and you might just make a few new friends along the way.
-Get yourself a diary or put everything into your calendar on your phone. You will have so much going on you are not going to remember all your appointments.
-You really are doing an amazing job, even if it doesn’t feel like it.
And last but certainly not least....
-Listen to all the advice given to you but only apply what works best for you and your baby!
Let’s face it mother does know best.
Do you have any advice for new parents out there?
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