Congratulations if you’re expecting a baby! I found as soon as you’re with child you’re given lots of advice for baby, some good and some not so good but no one really gives advice for you; you’re important too so I’ve put together a few of my top tips for new Mums.
I’m Amy – I blog over at All Things Amy. Since getting pregnant, and becoming a First Time Mum my little piece of the Internet has transitioned into a Parenting & Baby blog but you can also find me posting numerous other things; all things Amy! I can’t believe how quick time flies by – my little boy is now 4.5 months old and he’s such a little character.
Find some new mums for a support network
This is so important, becoming a parent can often leave you feeling cut off from your ‘old’ life. You may feel lonely, so try and join some parent and baby groups in your area, or if you went to classes beforehand then keep in contact with the other new mums. Having adult conversation will keep you sane – even if it is about baby poo!
Be kind to yourself and make time for you.
Having a baby is overwhelming, you’re going through a big change so it’s important to allow yourself some me time. Whether it’s just going for a bath or reading a book – if something makes you happy then do it.
Stay hydrated and eat healthy
This is especially important if you’re breastfeeding as you’ll need to keep your milk supply strong. Eating healthy will not only make you feel better but it will also give you more energy – which you’ll definitely need to help with those early sleepless nights. It may be worth making bulk meals and freezing them for those times when baby won’t let you have five minutes free.
Looking after a baby can make the days feel extra long and being stuck inside can be really stressful; cabin fever is no ones friend! Try and get out as much as you can, go for lunch or break the day up by going for walks; a bit of fresh air can do the world of good, and you’ll be able to get some light exercise too.
It’s not a sign of weakness. You’ll be exhausted and emotional so if someone offers to help in any way, say yes. Don’t feel guilty, they wouldn’t be offering if they didn’t want to; use the time to take a bath, or have a nap.
Don’t pressure yourself into a having a perfect home; the dishes and the washing can wait so don’t try and do too much. Spending time with your baby is what matters and it is okay to want to spend time as a family.
Take each day as it comes and enjoy it.
Try not to get caught up in the stress, make the most of every moment, and appreciate it. It is hard; having a baby is a huge learning curve, especially the early days but they really do go by so fast!
Lastly, don’t doubt yourself.
Don’t worry if you do things differently to someone else; what works for one baby, won’t work for another. You’ll find what works best for your family and whatever that is, is ok.