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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I enjoyed reading this article. It was very helpful. I learned some new ways to sooth my baby when he is upset. Thank you for this article. My baby loves the new soothing ways.

Gripe Water saved us

JoSteph 10/1/2015

For colic, fussiness, gas, and when baby is not consoled by anything you try, have gripe water on hand. This saved my sanity.


Kobani 10/1/2015

it is very helpful.....thanks



a little lavender oil goes a long way in a warm bath

Wrap him up

Vicky_KeiKei 9/27/2015

My baby loves it when I put him in my wrap and just have him close to me all the time. He'll fall asleep within minutes.

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