10 Things Every New Mom Should Know
As a new Mom we learn so many new things every day. This list of 10 Things Every New Mom Should Know will help you along your journey. I wish that someone had told me some of these things when I had my first baby 9 years ago.
1. Take Your Finger Off the Shutter Button and Press Record
As a Photographer this lesson was a really tough one for me to learn. My first instinct is always to take a photograph in order to capture a memory. While Photographs are amazing for documenting those little changes, there is something completely priceless about taking little videos of your baby too. That way you’ll be able to hear their little coos and watch the facial expressions when they are much bigger. Someday they will really enjoy watching those videos with you too.
2. Wade Through the Sea of Unwanted Advice
By the time you give birth you will probably be up to your ears in everyone’s advice. Complete strangers have probably already accosted you in the grocery store telling you about their pregnancies and what you should expect and do. Politely put in the invisible ear plugs. Ultimately you need to do what’s right for you and what works best for your family.
3. Trust Your Intuition
Every mother has it. With this new super power you will be able to know when something is not right; you just have to trust yourself.
4. It’s OK to say NO
As a new Mom you won’t always want everyone and their Grandmother touching your baby. Those instinctual hormones will kick in and there may be people that you just won’t want touching or holding your kid. It is perfectly OK for you to say no if it’s making you uncomfortable. Don’t be afraid of offending that person.
5. Embrace the New “Norm”
Things will never go back to the way they were before baby was born; but life just got richer and more full. Take time to find your new normal.
6. Treat Yourself as Often as Possible
Do you love drinking Starbucks or having your nails done? Whatever you love to do that makes you feel like a pampered princess, make time for it. Even if it’s just taking an extra long shower in the morning. It’s easier to take care of everyone else when you are taken care of first. Don’t neglect yourself.
7. Find a Community of Support
There are so many groups of Moms out there that can offer advice or playdates as your baby gets older. Search for a local group in your area and join up to make some lasting friendships. If you’re stumped, Facebook is a great place to start.
8. Document Baby’s Growth
Art projects may seem a little daunting right now, but find a fun way to show how baby is growing in their first year. Some people take photos in the same place each month with a little sign, some go to a professional photographer, or you could try your own Baby’s First Year Collage.
9. Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
If the house doesn’t get clean today or the dishes don’t get done, try not to be too hard on yourself. You just spent the last 10 months growing a human being in your belly and now everything is different. Savor your baby and don’t feel guilty if everything doesn’t get done.
10. Every New Place Your Go With Baby is a Victory
It may seem scary at first because everything is new and unpredictable, but pretty soon you will become a seasoned veteran at taking that baby out of the house. Again, go at a pace that you are comfortable with and if you need to leave somewhere because it’s too overwhelming; then do what is best for you and the baby.