Becoming a mom for the first time is an experience that cannot be justified with words. It is special, it is magical, and it completely changes your life. However, a lot of first-time moms also have a lot of anxiety. What if I am doing this wrong? What if I make a mistake? This is only natural, but you have no reason to worry. We all make mistakes, and we all learn as we go. Here are some great tips to help you get started…
Don’t be harsh on yourself
There is no such thing as a perfect parent. Let’s get that out of the way first and foremost! Your baby is not going to do everything by the textbook. He or she may cry more than the average baby… You may experience a nightmare swaddle transition… This does not mean you are a bad mom, or that you have done something wrong, so give yourself a break!
Give yourself some attention too
When a newborn enters your world, it can feel like everything has turned on its head and you do not have a moment to yourself. However, it is imperative that you pay attention to yourself and embrace some ‘you’ time. After all, you are going to be no help to anyone if you run yourself into the ground.
Listen to your heart
You are going to have so many people giving you their opinion regarding the best way to bring up your child. You then have all of the textbooks and articles that tell you the right and the wrong way to be a mother. However, this is your child. If you think something is wrong, go to the doctor. If your heart is telling you that a certain decision is right for your child, but your mother-in-law is telling you something else, listen to your heart.
Write things down
It is always a good idea to write things down that you do not want to forget, be it questions for your doctor or dates. You are going to have so much going on in your mind that it is easy to overlook things. A lot of parents also keep a memory journal, as they find baby books simply don’t cut it. Write down all of the things that have made you laugh and smile, as well as the trying times, so that you can look back and reflect on those amazing moments once your child gets older.
Hopefully, you now feel more prepared for life as a mom. If you follow the advice that has been provided, you should find it a lot easier to be confident in your new role as a mother. Embrace it, enjoy it, and learn along the way! There is no such thing as the perfect parent, so don’t be harsh on yourself.
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Until next time, shine amongst the stars!
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