Being a first-time mom is filled with lots of emotions. You’ve waited nine months to welcome your little bundle of joy into this world and finally, the day has arrived. As I am sure you've expected, the first few days fly by, and from the first moment you hold your newborn baby in your arms, you’re overcome with emotions... first love and awe and then as their little eyes stare back at you, the realization and parental responsibility sets in.
From trusted advice to diaper commercials, being a first-time mom is always the hardest. That’s why we’ve put together some helpful tips for the first time mom!
Keep a Journal
As a new mom, you will be overwhelmed with the amount of questions you have, and while you might not be able to Google every question you have when you have it, chances are you will need the answer at some point in the near future. Jot it down in a notebook and get back to motherhood. This way, you can ask your doctor, mother or Google the next time you have a few minutes.
You can also use this journal to chronicle life’s big events for baby. From his first smile to his first step, you’ll be flooded with emotion and capturing that mothering goodness when it’s top of mind is the easiest way to keep these memories fresh in your mind.
Figure it out as you go.
As we mentioned in a previous post, everyone you know will be giving you parenting advice... Take it all with a grain of salt. The phrase mother knows best exists for a reason. Parenting is a skill just like any other and sometimes you just have to find out what works best for you.
Take Care of Yourself
Regardless of how you refuel, make sure you plan ways to take a few minutes every day to take care of yourself, too. From a nice soak in the tub to a workout at the gym or a walk around the block with Fido, enjoy these rare moments and do not feel guilty. Making sure you are at your best ensures you can provide the best possible attention and care for the rest of your family too.
Be smart about germs, not obsessive.
Yes, we want to keep baby healthy and happy, but don’t spend all your time worrying about washing your hands every time you touch a doorknob. Focus on keeping your little one around healthy people and do what makes sense but don’t go overboard.
Last, but not least…
Ask and Accept Help!
From cooking dinner to stopping by to help you pick up the house or walk the dog, friends and family will undoubtedly offer their assistance in many ways. Graciously accept their help. You and baby will be glad you did. Plus, nothing feels as good as helping someone when they need it!