10 Parenting Tips for New Moms
It’s not easy to be a new mom. Between the sleepless nights, crying fits, and endless diaper changes, it can be hard to find moments of joy in parenting. But you’re not alone! We’ve compiled10 parenting tips for new moms from fellow moms that will help you enjoy your journey as much as possible. Whether they are for surviving those first few months or even just getting through the day with a little more ease, we hope these suggestions will make your life easier!
1. Take Your Time to Bond With the Baby
It’s essential to enjoy the first few months you have with your newborn so that you can form a lasting connection and bond. Spend as much time holding, nurturing, and caring for your child — even if it means missing out on some of the other things you used to do. This time is so precious and will be over all too quickly.
2. Don’t Feel Pressured to Go Back to Work
If you can afford it, taking some time off from work to focus on yourself (and your baby!) is a good idea for both mom and baby. Just because everyone else seems comfortable going back after a few months doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Don’t push yourself into something that isn’t right for you. Take whatever time it takes!
3. You Don’t Need to Purchase Everything New
If you’re like most moms, your baby registry will be full of things you never even needed or used. It can be SO overwhelming looking at all the items (and prices) you think you need to register for. You will find that many things you thought were necessities can be replaced with simple, much cheaper alternatives.
4. Breastfeeding Is Not Always Easy — And It’s Ok to Quit
Many women go in expecting breastfeeding to come quickly and naturally to them, but this is just not the case for everyone. While a select few get lucky and breastfeed comes naturally, others struggle immensely trying to get their baby to latch on correctly or even produce enough milk. Do what’s suitable for YOUR family! If breastfeeding isn’t working out for either of you, don’t feel guilty about switching to formula or stopping altogether sometimes, especially if you are struggling with cracked or bleeding nipples.
5. Don’t Feel Pressured to Do Things Any Certain Way
While some apparent methods work for most people — such as putting a baby to sleep on its back — your particular child might thrive better in a different environment. Whatever works best for YOUR family is what’s right! If you’re finding it difficult to get your kids to go to bed at night, try letting them fall asleep where they will be sleeping so that they get familiar and comfortable in their room.
6. There Is No Shame in Getting Help
Play becomes an important form of bonding with your child over time and helps keep those sleepless nights from getting too overwhelming. Engaging in playtime can also help. While some women feel like they will be judged if they admit to needing help, the truth is that you’re doing the right thing! If your family can benefit from any support or assistance with things such as childcare, meals, errands, or just an extra set of.
7. Create a Baby Schedule to Keep Yourself on Track. (Check Out Our Free Printable Below!)
Scheduling is a great way to make sure that everything gets done. When the little one is taking up all your time, it’s easy for tasks and chores around the house to fall by the wayside. By writing down a daily schedule or weekly chore list, you’ll be able to ensure nothing slips through the cracks — including the things YOU do!
8. Car Seats Are About So Much More Than Just Safety
They can also provide an opportunity for bonding with your child while getting some shut-eye in your car! Car seats are the perfect way to get some shut-eye while out with the baby, and they can also help you keep your child safe when you’re driving. Many car seat manufacturers now make a “nap” version of their famous car seats so parents can attach toys (or even clip in mobile devices) to keep baby occupied while she dozes off.
9. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask For Help
Asking for help isn’t always easy… but it’s necessary! Your friends and family will want to bond with your new baby, so let them! Let someone else watch the baby for a few hours while you run errands or have a much-needed break from diaper duty. Having extra hands on deck will make life much easier for you and your baby.
10. Sleep When the Baby Sleeps (Or at Least Try!)
It’s often tempting to stay up late watching TV or to surf the web while the baby is asleep, but you’ll find that it can be pretty impossible to sleep with a little one in the house! If you’re lucky enough to get a night to yourself, don’t waste it — catch up on rest by sleeping as long as possible! You’ll feel better about tackling a sleepless morning if you have more than five hours of Zzzs under your belt.
Conclusion: Whether you are a new mom or have been parenting for years now, these ten tips will help make your life easier and more enjoyable. We hope they’re helpful! Do you have any other great tips to share? Please share them in the comments below so we can all learn from one another!