Becoming a first time mom (or already being one) can be a daunting experience. All of a sudden you have this little bundle that is completely dependent on you.
You will have to make many decisions in the first few months of parenthood, and each and every decision will affect your baby's future.
Feeling enough pressure yet?
The good news is many people have been in the shoes you are current finding yourself, and there are a few tips and tricks you can follow to make your life a little easier.
We have put together our top 5 favorite mom tips in a convenient article for you to have when you feel like a bit of guidance.
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You will soon realize being a first time mom means you have announced to everyone around you that you are open to every piece of advice they can offer. Everyone has an opinion. Your partner has their opinion, your mother-in-law has her opinion, your best friend has her opinion, and your mother probably has her opinion.
You will receive opinions left, right and center about what is best for your baby - whether you want it or not.
So we have decided to tackle this hot topic from a different angle. We are focusing our top tips around you - the mother.
You are often the forgotten hero after the new baby arrives. Don't worry, it is only natural for people to focus their attention on the person in the room.
But, we at Best Baby Care Tips, have not forgotten about you. So without further ado, let's take a look at the best first time mom tips.
It can be easy to fall into the trap of trying to do everything on your own. This is especially the case for those women who were very strong and independent prior to becoming a mom. It simply may not be something you are used to asking for, or it may take some time to learn the ability to ask for help.
However, asking for help and learning from those that have been in your shoes before is one of the quickest ways to move forward with being a first time mom.
Have you ever heard of the saying it takes a village to raise a baby? Even though this saying was created in the times when communities revolved around a tight-knit village and the mothers within the village would all chip in to raise a baby, it still has application in today's societies.
So the next time you feel like you are at your wits end or need a moment of time to yourself to regain your strength, do not think twice about asking your friends and family for some help. This point is perfect for introducing our next favorite first time mom tips...
When a new baby comes into your life, everything you do and think about revolves around your new-found responsibility. For some first time moms, this may be expected, or completely unexpected. In both cases it is only natural to push everything aside and leaving yourself to become just an after-thought.
However, we feel it is our role at The Best Baby Care Tips to remind you reserve some time and energy aside to look after you.
We all know interrupted sleep at nights can be frustrating and wear you down, bit by bit. Make sure you are taking every opportunity to rest. Grab a nano nap when your little one is napping. Enjoy a hot cup of tea in those fleeting moments between diaper changes and feeding time.
It is also important to make sure you are giving your body the necessary nutrients, vitamins and minerals to keep your body functioning properly. Eating and drinking the right foods is one way of maintaining a healthy body and mind.
It can be difficult to gather the energy to prepare a nutritious snack or meal after tending to your bubs. We find getting your partner or family to help by preparing some healthy snacks ahead of time helps to take out the need for you to even think about what to eat. Get them to store the food in easy to access containers in the fridge or pantry before they leave the house.
Let's get one thing straight from the beginning. There are going to be challenges along your first time mom journey. You are going to feel like you have failed.
Does it mean you 'have' failed? Absolutely not!
Even the strongest willed women have they moments of feeling like a failure during the first years of motherhood. There is something about the relentless sleepless nights and challenges of being thrown into this new-found position of responsibility that has a knack for breaking down your mental stamina.
We are here to tell you it is ok to feel like you are not doing a good job. You are not a failure.
We find one of the best ways of overcoming these thoughts is to talk to others about your feelings. More often than not, you will arrive at the realization that these feelings are all part of the journey of becoming a wonderful and caring mom.
This is one of our favorite first time mom tips on our list.
It is only natural to compare your baby against other mom's babies around you. Why is that baby already sleeping through the night? Why is her baby breastfeeding so easily? Why can't my little one roll over yet?
Whenever you find these thoughts creeping into your head, stop yourself from indulging them. We are here to tell you it will be hard to begin with. You will question yourself, doubt the techniques you are using to raise your bubs. Take some solitude in the knowledge that you are doing the best that you can, with the resources that you have.
We want to remind you that every baby is different. They will develop and learn when they are ready to.
Stop comparing and start to appreciate your baby for who they are, not what they are not.
Our last mom tip is one that you will need to remind yourself over and over through your parenting journey. And that is to find your own way of raising your baby. Find your own way of showing your love to your little one.
Sure, you can use bits and pieces of parenting tips from your friends. It is only natural for you to fall into the ways your mom and her mom raised their babies. However, we highly recommend you seek ways to make it your own.
Do things that feel right to you. There will always be "best practices" for raising your baby - but these change all the time. You are a mom now - and your mom instincts are more often than not spot on where they need to be.
So there you have it, our favorite tips for first time moms.
Let us know some of the strategies and tips that worked for you and your bubs when you first entered the world of motherhood.
Like we said earlier in the piece - let's share our ideas and first time mom tips with the village! Leave a tip in the comments section below, so we can all find the best way through.