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. Are you ready for motherhood? 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 her 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 does some hand washing first. Also, keep sick friends and family away from your baby, and clean your home on a regular basis. Remember, though, that 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 him when he'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 him 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 resource. Each time you deal with something new, the experience will help turn you into a more confident mother.

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Soothing Lil One

2/5/2016

I have found that reading my lil one stories calms him down almost instantly.

Good to know

Chrissi J 2/5/2016

I know the feeling of having to deal with an overly tired baby. This article really helps tackle that!

Sleepy Babe

Briana 2/5/2016

If I don't get my tiny down when she first gets tired, she gets overly tired and overly upset. A terrible combination

Interesting

Austincito 2/5/2016

Really helpfull tips on how to take care of my baby

baby

jacquie 2/3/2016

i have found singing as a great calming tool

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