5 Things All New Moms Need to Knowgigglyadmin
Having your baby in your arms for the first time, after waiting all those months, is an indescribable moment. What do you do now, though?
The days and weeks after your precious little one arrives can be confusing, and you aren’t the only new mom who might feel like you have no idea what you’re doing.
Here are a few things you need to know about being a new mom.
Ditch the Plan
You have had months, or maybe years, to plan out exactly how life will be once your little one gets here but anyone who has had a newborn might advise you to ditch your plan.
Having a plan can help calm your nerves, and if that works for you then plan away, but just know it might not work exactly as you think. Reading all the sleeping books out there still might not help you get your wailing baby to sleep and that’s ok.
Your feeding schedule might go right out the window the first night you’re home, so don’t beat yourself up about it. Having a plan is helpful, but if it doesn’t work out exactly as your imagined that’s completely fine too.
Take the Help
Friends and family often offer to bring dinners, do laundry or run errands for new parents because they completely understand the excitement and overwhelming feelings this time in your life brings.
The best thing you can do is just say yes to their offers. It’s understandable to need help, and no one will think you’re any less of a super mom by accepting the delicious lasagna your neighbour made for you.
Take some time for you and baby to bond by treating your baby to a hydrotherapy session or neonatal massage in our safe and calming environment.
Breastfeeding Doesn’t Just Happen
If you’ve read the books, done online research or even just talked to other moms then you’ve likely heard about how important breastfeeding is.
If you’ve planned to breastfeed don’t be surprised if it doesn’t just happen the moment baby arrives. For some moms it doesn’t work out at all, and they end up feeding formula instead.
While some moms may be incredibly passionate about the benefits of breastfeeding it may not be right for you, and there is nothing wrong with you if it’s not.
Your Relationship Might Struggle
If you’re raising a child, or children, with a partner by your side then you might all of a sudden find yourself annoyed by just their very presence. Don’t worry – this happens to a lot more new parents than you think.
If you’re staying home while your partner returns to work you may find yourself upset that they can get coffee or check emails completely undisturbed while you’re at the beck and call of a 10lb person. This will pass, and your life will return to normal. Just give it some time and don’t be afraid to ask for help or talk to your partner about your struggles.
Our baby flotation therapy sessions allow for two parents to be involved, and this is a great way to leave life stresses outside and just spend some time with your baby.
Even if you’re worrying that you don’t have that “mom instinct” you probably already do, so give yourself some credit. Friends and family will give you (unsolicited) advice, but you don’t have to take it.
You should never feel guilty for doing what works best for you, nor pressured into doing something you don’t feel is right for you and baby.
You know what your baby needs, so do that and trust your gut, mama!