Today we share our tips for new mums. Having a brand new baby is no child play as most mums will tell you, it is both a happy and a crazy time of your life. Everything you think you know about babies needs to be put aside and you need to just breath.
Tips for new mums: how to survive your first few days at home
- Don’t buy everything you see in baby magazines, you will only really know what you need and what is important for you, your baby and your family once baby arrives and starts living with you
- Just like the birth plan, remember that anything can happen. If you planned to breastfeed and it is not working for you, try the bottle mommy. you are not a failure you are a mum, doing what’s best for you and her baby
- PDN (postnatal depression) is real, please seek help if you feel you are not coping, you are not a failure you are a mother, protect yourself and your baby
- Grab a moment to rest when you can
- If the father is in the child’s life even if you are not together, and you don’t fear any harm to you or the baby, let him and baby bond. There is nothing more amazing than a father and child bond, someone else who will love and protect your child with his life
- Accept that motherhood is the most exciting and scariest experience of a mother’s life, you are now responsible for a human being, be scared, accept it, deal with it
- Listen to those who have more experience, I don’t mean those who are trying to ram it down your throat but those who are sincerely trying to help.
- Listen to you instincts, that love you have for your baby will guide you. If it doesn’t feel right, there is a good chance it ain’t right for you
- Read just enough books to have an idea of what could possibly happen, but live through your experience
- Take all the help you can get. There is a reason in the African culture your mother, mother-in-law or aunt or someone else always come stays with you when the baby arrives. You have a lot to deal with, whether you were physically pregnant or not – the hormones in your body will go haywire, your recovering body, a new person who is confused by the world, it is all new to everybody. Accept the help.
- There may be things that will annoy you about the people helping you – accept this. Their suggestions might not agree with your ways, it’s okay listen and then do what you want. Just never be rude, because they are trying to help
- Breath Mommy breath it’s going to be okay
Do you have any great tips that you got as a new mum, or something you have learned in your own mothering journey? We would love to hear it please share it in the comments below
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