Becoming a mom: three tips every new mom should know

Becoming a mom: three tips every new mom should know

You want to be prepared when you welcome your baby home, but no amount of research can get you ready for the many surprises of motherhood. Follow these tips!

You've read a number of parenting books, scoured the Internet for advice and drilled your doctor. Becoming a mom is exciting, but also daunting. Motherhood is sure to throw some surprises your way, but here are three more nuggets of advice to help with preparing for your baby's arrival.

  1. Babies don't always sleep when they're tired. It defies logic, but a tired baby doesn't always equal a sleeping baby. In fact, an overly tired child tends to be irritable and hard to settle. The trick is to look out for signs that your baby is tired and to put her in her crib before she gets overly sleepy. Look out for clenched fists, yawning, eye rubbing, jerky movements or pulling at his ear. When your new baby is a few months older, she'll probably start learning to self-soothe, which will make it easier for her to go to sleep on her own.
  2. Beware the germs. While some exposure to germs early on can help strengthen your child's immune system, you don't want to risk her falling ill. Practice smart germ control by insisting that anyone who holds your new baby washes their hands first. Also, keep sick friends and family at arm's length and disinfect your home on a regular basis. However, some germs are unavoidable and there's only so much you can do.
  3. Learn a few baby soothing techniques. Babies are all different and like different things, but a gentle massage may be an effective way to soothe your baby and comfort her when she's upset. Try warming some lotion in your hand and starting at his forehead, working down along his nose, cheeks and chin, finishing at his neck. Another way to soothe your new baby is to keep her close in a sling while you do things around the house.

As a new mom, it's perfectly normal to have worries. Just remember that your own instincts can be your best weapon. Each time you deal with something new, the experience will help turn you into a more confident mother.

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5 weeks

07/04/2015

I have found that my little one is fussy when she is 1)hungry, 2)gassy, 3)overly-tired or 4)wanting to be orally stimulated (pacifier or nursing). I usually address those issues and then she is generally calmed down!

3 weeks

07/03/2015

We have come to a point where she is so fussy and anything we do seems to not work. She is so fussy and cries, and I feel bad because I don't know how to make it better.

9 days old

mommy 07/02/2015

Thankfully my baby sleeping my pregnancy pattern. He naps a few hours during the day and is up all afternoon and sleeps most of the night. He wakes up to eat During my old bathroom run hours so I'm up any way he is a great baby.

baby

07/02/2015

i wish my baby slept throughout the night

sleepy

07/01/2015

interesting read

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