Tips for first time mums
First time mums have a hard job. They are walking into a world full of unknowns and everyone has an opinion on what to do and how it should be done. So instead of giving you that sort of advice, I’m going to give you some tips that I wish I had been given when I was expecting my first.
My first tip is to be prepared.
Although nothing can ever prepare you for the world of motherhood, there are some things you can do to make it a bit easier. Updating your first aid kit with a baby thermometer and age appropriate baby Panadol when you have a middle of the night crisis. Having a good stock of baby wipes, nappies, clothes and blankets will help when you inevitably have a poo explosion at 3 in the morning. But the biggest thing I wish I had prepared was a contact list of doctors, lactation consultants, family, and friends. these are the people who are able to help when you aren’t sure what to do. Having this in an easy to find place will help you call who you need when you are feeling overwhelmed or panicked.
My second tip is a must in my books. Download apps! There a plenty of apps to help you through pregnancy but having an app for the first few months of having a newborn. I found the wonderweeks app to be amazing. There was so much information about milestones, leaps in growth, and even possible sleep regressions. It was so helpful to have an idea of what was meant to be happening and when in bubs life. This app helped me keep sane. There are plenty of other apps that are similar so its upto you which one you like best, but I 100% recommend downloading some.
This leads me to my third tip. Read up on everything. Having information on all the endless choices you have to make, will help you make an informed decision without feeling overwhelmed. We all parent in our own way, but having the information there can really help with choosing the way you want to parent. Of course its nice to have other peoples opinions, but to have the knowledge behind those decisions will make you feel so much better about the choices you make.
And last but certainly not least, trust yourself! Listen to that mothers intuition. You are connected to your baby in so many ways. If you are concerned, talk to someone. Your gut instinct is there for a reason. It is so confusing having a newborn. So many things to be concerned about. That is why we have a mothers intuition. To protect our babies the best we can.
These are the things I wish I knew when I had my first bub. I hope it helps you with the crazy and scary roller coaster that is parenting!