If you’re a new mom, or just about to become one, here are some of the things that I wish someone had told me before my first baby came. I hope these 15 tips for new moms will help you get ready for your baby and make the transition to motherhood a little easier.
- Avoid unnecessary stress
- Take plenty of breaks throughout the day
- Practice safe hygiene practices
- Never kiss your baby on the lips
- Burp your newborn baby
- Take care of your body
- Let your baby sleep on their backs
- Breastfeed your baby
- Eat nutritious foods
- Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
- Get plenty of rest
- Take time for yourself
- Join or participate in support groups
- Be aware of signs and symptoms of postpartum depression
- Get counseling if needed
What Are Some Tips for New Moms?
Avoid unnecessary stress
If you are a new mom, avoid the stress of unnecessary things. As much as it’s important to take care of your baby and celebrate milestones, keep in mind that there is a time and place for everything.
If you find yourself in a situation where someone is asking you to do something that doesn’t seem important, don’t feel obligated to do it. If you’re having a hard day and need some time for yourself, then please take that time. You deserve it!
Take plenty of breaks throughout the day
One of the most important things you can do as a new mom is to take plenty of breaks throughout the day. This will make it easier to cope with exhaustion, and will also help prevent postpartum depression.
If you have a partner, make sure that he takes some time off from work to help you with the baby. If you don’t have any family members nearby to help out, consider hiring a babysitter to help you out.
Practice safe hygiene practices
This is an important habit for your newborn’s health and wellbeing. Newborns are very susceptible to infections because their immune systems haven’t fully developed yet.
Never kiss your baby on the lips
The mouth is one of the most common ways for germs to enter a body, and you don’t want to risk giving your baby cold or the flu. When you kiss your baby, make sure that you don’t have any open sores on your lips and if you do, don’t kiss your baby. You should also avoid kissing your baby if you have a cold, the flu, or any other type of sickness.
You should also prevent other people from kissing your newborn. Infants are susceptible to vulnerable to the HSV-1, also known as Herpes Simplex Virus. In infants, the Herpes Simplex virus tends to be more harmful and difficult to solve. It causes sores around the mouth and usually doesn’t cause clear symptoms in adults, yet can lead to fatalities for infants.
Burp your newborn baby
Make sure you burp the baby after every feeding. This will help prevent colic and gas problems, which can be a huge hassle. Your infant’s digestive system isn’t fully developed and needs to be stimulated as it develops over time.
Newborn babies are not able to keep up with their own production of gas. They need a way to relieve the pressure so they do not suffocate, and this often leads them to burp in order for them to breathe again.
Take care of your body
You will be breastfeeding, which means you need to take care of your body in order to be healthy enough for both you and the baby. Your body needs extra nutrients during this time. This means you need to be sure that you eat healthy, nutritious foods and take vitamins and supplements.
Let your baby sleep on their backs
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should be put down to sleep on their backs. This is the safest way to reduce the risk of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). Babies who are placed on their stomachs or sides have a much greater chance of suffocating.
Breastfeed your baby
Breastfeeding is the best way to provide your child with the nutrients they need in order to grow and develop properly. Not only will breastfeeding help keep your baby healthy, but it will also help to strengthen the bond between you and your baby.
If you have trouble breastfeeding, do not be afraid to seek the help of a lactation consultant. They can provide you with tips and tricks that will make breastfeeding easier, as well as answer any questions or concerns you might have.
Eat nutritious foods
One tip for new moms is to eat nutritious foods. Eating what you need will help you feel stronger, which can make it easier to take care of your child. This includes both healthy snacks and meals.
If you are breastfeeding, you may need to take a vitamin supplement or eat more calcium-rich foods like dairy products and leafy green vegetables. This is because your baby will get some of the calcium from your diet.
If you are bottle-feeding, talk to your doctor about a vitamin supplement for your baby. You should also make sure that you are eating enough nutritious food, like fruits and vegetables, to meet your own needs.
Drink plenty of fluids to stay hydrated
Drinking plenty of fluids will help you stay hydrated and prevent blisters or other harmful complications. Avoid drinks with caffeine and alcohol, as they can dehydrate you and cause you to lose more electrolytes.
Drink water or an electrolyte replacement drink. If you’re breastfeeding, drinking plenty of fluids will also help prevent your milk supply from drying up.
Get plenty of rest
The most important thing for new mothers to do is to make sure they get plenty of rest. New mothers are often tired and exhausted, but you need to make sure you take time out for yourself. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, try taking a short nap or going to bed early.
Remember, you’re doing the most important job in the world, so you need to take care of yourself too.
Take time for yourself
A lot of new moms don’t take time for themselves, and the baby’s needs come first. It is important to have a little bit of “me” time so that you can get some perspective. This is to help you avoid exhaustion and burnout.
It’s wise to break for a walk or just sit in your backyard and enjoy the fresh air can take your mind off of some of the busyness of everyday life. Taking time for yourself can often be difficult when you have a new baby at home, but you should entrust your child to someone whom you trust while you’re away.
Join or participate in support groups
Some new mothers may find it helpful to join or participate in support groups. Support groups provide a safe place to share feelings, ask questions and connect with other new mothers.
You can join a support group at your hospital or community center. There are also many online groups for new mothers to find information and connect with others who have been through similar experiences.
Be aware of signs and symptoms of postpartum depression
This is a very important point to be aware of because postpartum depression can happen especially to new-time moms. Even if you had a wonderful pregnancy and your baby was born healthy, you can still suffer from postpartum depression. Postpartum depression signs include but are not limited to:
- Feeling sad or tearful for no reason.
- Having trouble sleeping, feeling tired all the time, or having little interest in things you once enjoyed.
- Feeling anxious or irritable.
- Having trouble concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions.
- Losing interest in your appearance and feeling guilty about not being a good mom.
- Feeling hopeless or that life is not worth living.
- Having thoughts of hurting yourself or your baby.
If you think you might have postpartum depression, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional right away.
Get counseling if needed
Some new mothers find that they need counseling to deal with the various emotions and stress of being a mom. While it is not necessary, some people may feel as if they are losing themselves in this new role. This is why it is a good idea to seek out the help of a professional who can offer advice and support.
Things I Wish I Knew When I Was A New Mom
If you’re a new mom, then welcome to the club! It’s a wonderful experience, but it can also be stressful and tiring. But things will get better with time. Here are some things that I wish someone had told me when I was first becoming a mom:
#1: It’s okay to ask for help when you need it. You are not the only new mother in the world, and there is no shame in asking for help when you need it.
#2: Take care of yourself. You may feel like you can’t do anything else, but taking care of your own health and well-being is important too. Make sure you eat well, take long showers, and get enough sleep. You will be a better mother if you take care of yourself.
#3: Keep your sense of humor. Having a baby can be stressful, but it is also wonderful and exciting. Laugh as much as you can. It will help keep you sane.
#4: Don’t compare yourself to other mothers or moms online or in the media. You are just beginning your motherhood journey.
#5: Take pictures. You will forget how small your newborn is in just a few weeks’ time, so make sure to document everything.
#6: Enjoy the first few months of your baby’s life. This is when they are the most content and easy to care for.
#7: You will have a lot of sleep disruptions and you’ll probably lose your mind at some point, so make sure to take care of yourself first before being an amazing mom for your little one!
#8 Your kids won’t always be perfect—this is okay! Be patient with them (and don’t forget about you!). If they are misbehaving, step back and try not to overreact; put their interests ahead of yours if necessary.
Being a mom is one tough challenge. It is a challenge that requires us to be strong, patient, and loving. You have to take care of your kids while taking care of yourself at the same time. But I hope this list of tips will help you to be a better mom.
There are also many other books and support groups out there that may give you more insight on being a good mother, but I hope this list can serve as a good starting point.
I would like to hear from you. What are some of your tips for new moms? Please share them in the comments below!