21 Nov What EVERY Mother Must Know
Ten Things Every New Mother Must Know
There are so many things, as a new mother, you must know. It could take forever to read books upon books for everything you need to know before and after your baby is introduced to the world. Thankfully, we have compiled a list of things that are some of the most important things to know for after your baby arrives.
1.) A baby’s sleep schedule will be sporadic. No, unfortunately, babies do not sleep through the whole night, but that’s okay. Their internal clock will eventually regulate, with the help of a sleep schedule that you provide. Until then, you can expect that your baby will sleep a lot, but not all at the same time. A baby sleeps around sixteen hours a day, but throughout the day. It is always a good idea to rest when your baby rests. That way you can both handle new motherhood a little bit better with more sleep.
2.) It is okay to accept help. As a new mother it can be hard to accept help from others, but sometimes that is the best way to get through new motherhood. Realize that you can’t be “super-mom” and do it all on your own. Accepting help is perfectly fine and very useful. Allow a family member or friend to bring you dinners the first week or so. You have a lot more to think about than “what’s for dinner?”. If your partner offers to watch the baby so you can sleep, accept it! Sleep is very important. Having a family member or experienced friend to stay with you the first week and help you is a great option.
3.) Remember that there will always be an adjustment period. You and your partner will go through an adjustment period after your baby is born. You both might even go through a period of strain or struggle. Know that this is normal and remember to communicate with each other. Communication is always the key, especially when you are in charge of a small human being.
4.) Make time for yourself. If you have ever heard the saying, “If Mama isn’t happy, nobody is happy”, then you will understand it all too well during the raising of your baby. Basically, make sure you make time for yourself. What good are you to your family if you are unhappy and unhealthy? Make sure you make time for the things you need and enjoy. For instance, take time for a massage, a pedicure or getting your hair done. If you enjoy reading, make time to read your favorite book. Doing little things for yourself will help you, not only as a person, but as a mother.
5.) Diet is key. Make sure you know what you are putting into your body and know that if you are breastfeeding, everything you eat is everything your baby will eat too. Make sure you keep yourself on a well-balanced diet. What is good for you is good for your baby.
6.) Coupons and sales will be your best friend. Having a baby is expensive. Check out our blog on What to Expect. Clipping coupons and finding sales will help you immensely when you are trying to save money.
7.) Health decisions become more important. Need we really say more here? When it comes to your health and your baby’s health, decisions will be made extra carefully.
8.) Umbilical cord. The umbilical cord is something that isn’t discussed very often. Here are some things you need to remember when caring for your baby during the umbilical cord process: It is a good idea to stick to sponge bathing while your baby still has his or her umbilical cord, but always make sure you are keeping the cord dry after the bath. You want to keep the umbilical cord clean and dry so there is no risk for infection. Always make sure you allow the cord to fall off on its own as well.
9.) The soft spot. The soft spot on a baby’s head is the bones being held together with soft tissue. As your baby grows, his or her soft spot will continue to close as the bones mold together. In the meantime, make sure you keep an eye on your baby’s soft spot, as it can be a tell sign of your baby’s health. For example, if your baby’s soft spot is sunken in, this could mean your baby is dehydrated.
10.) Be good to yourself. Remember, you are a first time mother, so be good to yourself! Mistakes will be made, a fuss will be had, but at the end of the day you have a baby to love and that is all that matters.
We know being a first time mother is a hard job, but it is also the most beloved job. We hope these ten things will help you to know what to expect for when your baby arrives. If you want to know more about what to expect, make sure you read our article about breastfeeding. As always, thank you for reading!