10 Things Every New Mother Should Know

Sep 30 • Early Learning, Featured • 5970 Views • 3 Comments on 10 Things Every New Mother Should Know

I wish someone had told me these things when I had my first daughter.. what would you add?

1. It is very unlikely that your baby will look, sound or behave like any of the clean, shiny kids you’ve seen in your ‘baby manual’. Your child is unique and will probably be a bit smelly at times! Be prepared.

2. Breastfeeding is really, really difficult sometimes. You are not the first woman to struggle with it. Stick with it if you can, but not to the detriment of your health and emotional wellbeing.

3. Life with a new born baby will make you tired in a way that can only be compared to permanent jet lag. Everyone says it, but ‘sleep whenever you can’ is the best advice ever.




4. Modern parenting is highly competitive and it can be hard to drown out the voices, opinions and progress charts of everyone else, but it’s a life-saver if you can.

5. Unlike the world of work where you get feedback, reviews and bonuses, there is no HR department or employee reward scheme for mothers!

6. The first few months with a new baby can seem like an endless cycle of exhaustion, feeding and nappy changes. This, like every other phase of your child’s life, will pass. Try to see the positive aspects of every phase… they all fly by so fast.

7. Sometimes, parenting is boring. It’s ok to admit it!

8. There is no ‘correct’ way to do any of this stuff. Don’t be too harsh on yourself if you find it all overwhelming and ask for help if you need it.

9. If you find that, even months after your baby is born, you feel low and depressed more often than you feel ok, seek help and talk to your GP, friends and family.

10. Your relationship with your partner will change. Acknowledging that things are different now that you two are three is important. Keep the lines of communication between you and your partner open, and try not to lose sight of each other in the blurry exhaustion of the first few months.

What are your top tips for new mothers?

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3 Responses to 10 Things Every New Mother Should Know

  1. life_of_mummy says:

    I think new parents should not feel embarrassed if their child is having a tantrum in the street, it happens to all of us and the worst thing you can do is go bright red and get angry.  Sometimes you just have to have a quiet laugh and wait for the tantrum to pass.  I have six children now and I wish I’d been told that with the first one, now I don’t bat an eyelid.

  2. CemEyi says:

    Wow some great tips thank you Sara. The best advice I received when I became a dad for the 1st time was from my grandmother. “When baby cries and you don’t know how to stop it he’s simply either hungry, tired or soiled.” 
    I’d advise new parents don’t spend ages trying to work out which – just sort out all three and soon they will be smiling again!

  3. Amy Robinson says:

    You’ll probably need to replace your washing machine in the first 2 years of your baby’s life as it’s used a lot!!!!


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