On May 5th, 2017, I became a mother of a beautiful baby girl.
And let me just say, the journey has been fulfilling with some stressful days along the way. There is no guide to being a parent but there is always help from those who have gone through what you may be going through. Obviously, Luna is my first child and she’s only a year old, but I want to offer some hacks I learned along the way too many of my followers who are new moms.
1. Always ask for help.- Some women are too independent to ask for help, but let me just say if someone offers it, take it or ask for it! You will appreciate it for sure.
2. Go at your baby’s pace.– Every baby is different, but one thing I can say, is if you adjust to your baby’s pace you will quickly learn the perfect schedule for you and your body (if you breastfeed). Plus, sleep will be easier. And you will learn the best way to soothe your baby. Don’t fight them because they will feel your resistance.
3. Take advantage of parenting apps.- As a new mother we often worry if we are doing the right things for our baby and if our baby is on the right track. One app that helped me through the first year and through my pregnancy is the babycenter.comapp. It gives you all the tips and answers majority of the questions you will have. Plus, you can keep up with where you and your baby are supposed to be at each week of your child’s first year.
4. Keep the same schedule and start it early.– Once you and baby are on a schedule you know how to work around it and keep things in order as best as you can. While sleep will be limited, a consistent schedule still helps you get as much as you can. And it keeps baby happy and easy to work with.
5. Parent the way you want to.– There is going to be a million and one people to tell you what to do with your child and it will become over whelming. But you know your child and you know what you want for them so follow your own instincts. Especially as a new mother with a new baby. Your baby solely depends on you and you guys will learn each other over the first year. So, do what you feel and don’t feel bad about it!