*Inside: Here are some fantastic tips that from moms about things that really helped them out while navigating the waters of motherhood.
There is nothing like getting advice from other moms to help guide you through the first days and months of Motherhood. Those who have gone before you have the experience to know what worked and what did not.
These tips are so useful! But keep in mind, ultimately how you do things is up to you and your spouse, not anyone else. You’ll always know whats best for your baby.
- Nap when the baby naps. There is nothing wrong with sleeping during the day when you have a new baby. The first few weeks to three months, your ears are like sonar — you will hear the baby, so don’t worry. For your health, you have to find a way to nap when the baby naps because most babies will wake several times each night for feedings. The house and other responsibilities can wait and be done by those who have offered to help you. ♥ Carolynn
- If you are breastfeeding, have a glass of water with you before sitting down to feed the baby. Once the baby starts feeding, you will suddenly have an urge for a drink of water. ♥ Laura
- Don’t spend the money on expensive diapers. There are cheaper ones that do the job just as good. Invest in the good wipes though, the Kirkland brand at Costco is great because they are thick and do not have added chemicals. ♥ Stacy
- If you’re breastfeeding a newborn, you may have a painful letdown. My mom gave me the best advice for this, keep a really cold drink nearby with a straw. When that painful sensation starts, take a few big sips of the cold water. It takes your mind of the pain and works like a charm! ♥ Amy
- Ask for help. Your friends and family want to help you, but you may need to give them some direction on how to help. When they offer, take them up on it by asking them to do the things you need done such as folding laundry or mopping the floor. Most people just aren’t sure what to do to help, and their first thought is to change the baby or something of that nature, but they are happy to do other things if you direct them to what you need. ♥ Rachel
- Don’t be afraid to use cloth diapers. They are less expensive by far than disposable and not quite as hard to care for as people think. You can buy cute diaper covers that protect against leaks, and just rinse diapers in the toilet, then toss the soiled diapers into a pail with a water and borax solution to soak until time to wash. Never bleach new diapers or use fabric softener as it affects their absorbency. – Stephanie
- Unless your relationship with your parents is truly contentious, do not say no to offers of your mom and your mother in law coming to help you. You are going to need the help for as long as you can get it. Schedule your mother first, then your mother in law so that you have help for a longer period of time. ♥ Lynn
- If possible, get Dad on board to help when he is off work. When daddy gets home from work is a great time for him to hold and bond with the baby while mom showers or has a moment of peace to do something else. ♥ Loretta
- When you start potty training, buy some incontinence pads (either disposable or washable) and take every baby bed sheet you have and put it on the bed. Layer the sheets with a pad between each one like a sandwich. If your toddler soils the top sheet, you can quickly strip the sheet and pad and everything beneath is still clean and ready to go. These disposable under pads work great for this use. ♥ Melody
When you first have a baby a lot of people will give you advice. People love talking about things that really worked for them and helped them.
Take each thing told to you with a grain of salt, and remember that you have some measure of instinct that will help guide you in what the right thing to do is for you and your family. Trust yourself too.