Being a new mom, whether you're young or in your mid 30’s, it's safe to say that we all aren't prepared to take on motherhood! It can be intimidating and a scary thing. Being a young mom myself it was definitely hard to know what was right or what was wrong. But in reality, there's no right or wrong when it comes to your child. I want to share five tips with all of you mamas that I've learned along the way that helped me cope with it all!
1. PATIENCE. Hearing that word can sound silly but it's necessary to be patient with time, your baby, and especially with yourself. It can be a lot to take in after a huge transition and revolving your life around your tiny human. Just know you are not alone. Take a breather and know everything will get better with time.
2. Cluster feeding is a thing- and it's totally normal. You may notice that your newborn is constantly eating, maybe every 30 minutes to an hour, and it's completely normal. My best advice is to stay strong and look at the positive benefits from your baby cluster feeding. Most likely your baby will have a longer sleeping period, your supply will maintain, or even increase! If you can't breastfeed for whatever reason, DON'T FEEL BAD. A lot of women can't breastfeed or their supply doesn’t last and that’s okay. You are not any less of a mom if you formula feed.
3. It takes a village. Asking for/accepting help from others doesn’t make you any less of a mom. Ask a family member or a friend! In the end, you can get a break and catch up on things. I know it's very controversial about taking ”breaks” but you really do deserve it.
4. Don't hold it in. Your baby will be too much to handle one day and you’ll break down. You’ll wish for the days before your baby arrived and you'll hate yourself for thinking that. Know you're not a bad mom for thinking that. Having a breakdown isn't a bad thing either, they need to happen. No one said having a baby would be easy, but you learn as you grow.
5. ENJOY IT! Not just in the sense that they grow up fast (which they do), but as exhausted as you may be, the newborn stage is truly the easiest! So enjoy your time with your little before they start getting active like crawling or walking!
What are your thoughts or some tips you would add as a new mom? Leave your comments below!
Written By: Guest Blogger Hannah Ahmad