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Let's share all our easy tips for the New Mommies!
Here are a few on mine......
1. From early newborn stage, teach them to go to sleep on their own (I'm struggling with a 6 month that won't now because I didn't when she was newborn)
2. Take all the help you can get when it's offered. And don't be afraid to ask for help. You aren't expected to just know how to do everything.
3. Don't worry about not having a clean house, that can wait.
4. Sleep when baby sleeps, it's the only extra rest you will get.
Put faith in your own motherly instincts, not in what everyone says you "should" and "shouldn't" do. Remember that s/he is your baby, and a baby's mother has intuition and instincts on what is best for their own child(ren).
Wife to Alex, Mom to Jacob, Fur-Mom to Roxy
Don't get too behind on your household stuff then it will be to overwhelming to try and catch up! Set aside a time to clean up and do things.
Sleep when baby sleeps, that is if its your first child.
If you feel like your going to loss it walk outside for 5 min and get fresh air.[/b]
Denise that was the best advice that you gave me! It really helped a lot.
Take all the help you can get. It was such a relief to know that if I ever needed anything while my husband was deployed I had the help I needed from a wonderful friend! I also made sure I tried to sleep while he was sleeping. Great advice. But I always had to remember to trust myself.
1. Get plenty of sleep before baby is here and when baby sleeps. I know easier said than done!
2. Dont stress too hard about your house. Its going to get messier LOL
3. Remember you deserve to lounge around the house in your PJs too but also that you deserve to freshen youself up and go out by yourself!
4. You know your baby best not what other mother's say to do cuz they did it.
5. Dont freak out at every little thing your child is not doing but rather at everything they are doing
TRUST your pediatrician, but know they aren't the "end all, be all" expert on your child. YOU are that expert.
Do your online research, ask other mommies for their experience. Many doctors DO appreciate an educated mommy, so educate yourself.
I have seen several specialists in the last three years for my son.....every time I go armed with more information than I need. My most recent example? I took a photo array of my son's allergic reactions to bug bites to the allergist. This allowed her to see the progression of the reactions. Better to be prepared than to sit there trying to remember what the doctor said.
If you have more than one issue when seeing the pedi, take a list. I do this ALL.THE.TIME. I keep a list in my purse starting about 2 weeks prior to check up appointments and add to it as I think of things.
I also agree that lots of people will give you advice, some that you didn't even ask for. You don't have to follow a single bit of it. Do what you feel is best for your child. What works for me and mine, won't necessarily work for you and yours. Ask any mom of more than 1, even the same tricks don't work in the same family.
Create a bath and bed time routine and stick to it every night, starting at at least 4-6 weeks years old. Transition to crib (if you don't plan on cosleeping) no later than 3 months unless you continue nursing at night - then find a bedside cosleeper solution.
Remember that a happy family has the foundation of a strong marriage if you are married - work with your husband, avoid resentment and keep communication open.