Being a new mom can be a scary thing, from trying to read all the books and articles explaining how to best care for your baby, to understanding the differences between different parenting styles. Here are some essential tips that can help you navigate this new world called motherhood.
1. You Don’t Need to Buy Everything
It is a common misconception that you need items like a super expensive stroller and a top-of-the-line baby changing table. These items are great if you have the budget for them, but don’t start maxing out credit cards for items that aren’t essential.
A baby actually has very basic needs. You can change your baby on a blanket on the floor or on the couch if you want to; don’t buy a changing table unless you can easily fit it into your budget.
2. Take as Many Naps as You Can
Sleeping is going to be one of your biggest struggles to overcome as a new mom. While tricky, there are ways to catch a little shut-eye even with an attention-demanding newborn. First of all, always sleep when the baby sleeps. This is a popular saying for a reason! Leave those dishes and piles of laundry for later; you need sleep in order to take good care of your baby.
3. Limit Outings When Your Baby is a Newborn
With a new baby at home, you might feel pressured from family and friends to get out and not stay cooped up in the house, but this can actually be good for your baby.
Before your newborn has vaccinations, she is at risk of being exposed to illnesses and diseases. Even the common cold or flu can be severe for a new baby. It is best that you limit your outings at least within the first couple of months.
4. Get Help With Chores and Responsibilities
For the first few weeks after bringing your baby home from the hospital, you won’t find a lot of time or energy for doing dishes, cooking meals, and finishing the laundry. This is totally okay!
Try to find some friends or loved ones willing to help you out at least in the first week or so. Have your mom bring over some freezer meals so you don’t have to cook, get a friend to help with the laundry, or have your sister sit with your newborn while you catch a nap.
5. Install the Car Seat Correctly
Installing a car seat might seem like an easy endeavor, but there are actually many ways you can do it wrong, which puts your baby at risk when you’re driving. If you don’t feel confident in how it is installed, visit your local fire department tor police department to have them do it for you for free.