Those First Weeks with a Newborn
Can’t find time to read all of those parenting books and magazines? Don’t have a lot of mommy friends to bounce ideas off of? Kids go crazy every time you get on the phone to ask a friend their advice? No problem; I’ll do the work for you!
Every Thursday I bring you kid-tested parenting tips for a specific parenting challenge “from the mouths of moms.” Last time we shared our ideas for getting kids ready for the first day of school. But for those of you are expecting a new baby, here are some tips from experienced moms for surviving those first weeks with a newborn…
Alright, Mamas, what are your best tips for those first weeks with a newborn?
1. Don’t Be Afraid to Ask
“Don’t be afraid to ask for the help you need.” Deirdre from JDaniel4’s Mom
2. Accept Help
“If someone offers to help, take them up on it.” Allison from Train Up A Child
3. Know When to Say “NO”
“Never feel guilty about telling someone it isn’t a good time to stop by and come and see the baby if an onslaught of visitors makes you feel stressed or if you just really want quiet time at home as a family.” Jennifer from The Good Long Road
4. Put Housework Aside
“Don’t worry about the house. Focus on your baby and yourself.” Allison from Train Up A Child
5. Stock Up The Freezer
“Stock up on frozen dinners. Don’t feel guilty if they’re not homemade. Trader Joe’s frozen food is yummy and will please any new mom and dad.” Rebekah from The Golden Gleam
6. Order Take Out
“Order out, stay in, cuddle and enjoy every precious moment.” Crystal from Growing a Jeweled Rose
7. Don’t Forget the Photos & Videos
“Take a ton of photos and video clips.” Laura from Play Dr. Mom
8. Have a Lactation Consultant on Speed Dial
“If you’ve decided to breastfeed, make sure to build a relationship with a lactation consultant and other nursing moms prior to the baby’s birth. Breastfeeding doesn’t come easy for many moms, but there are tons of things that you can do and try to make it successful. So give them a call as soon as you feel there might be problems.” Krissy from B-Inspired Mama
9. Don’t Forget The Big Kids
“With baby #4, family members took the older siblings out for the day a couple times, and I loved that time to sleep and truly relax with the baby!” MaryAnne from Mama Smiles
10. There’s No Such Thing as Spoiling a Baby
“Don’t let anyone tell you that you are holding your baby too much. You are the mama, do what feels right to you.” Amy from Z is for Zel
11. Be Open to Change
“My best piece of advice is always ‘never say never.’ In any given moment you will try any given thing you need to do in order to get through that moment. For instance, just when you say you will ‘never use a pacifier,’ you will be sending your partner to the store at midnight to pick you up a pacifier!” Jennifer from Kitchen Counter Chronicles
12. Call the Doctor or Midwife
“Don’t be afraid to call the pediatrician or midwife if you have any questions or concerns about the health of yourself or your baby. That’s what we pay them for!” Krissy from B-Inspired Mama
13. Limit Visitors
“Ban visits. We told our families that we didn’t want them to descend on us on day one. We asked them to give us a week to get used to being a family of three. Of course they ignored our request but it did mean they weren’t there every day and we had given a clear message that we needed some space. When its your first YOU want to get used to holding them before you have to play pass the parcel.” The Monko from Taming the Goblin
14. Take Advantage of Naptime
“A lot of newborns sleep a lot. Take advantage of this; It doesn’t last long.” The Monko from Taming the Goblin
15. Follow Your Instincts
“When we brought my daughter home she just wanted to sleep and didn’t want to wake up to nurse. My family kept telling me to ‘never wake a sleeping baby,’ but it just didn’t feel right to let her sleep so much and go without nutrition. So I took her in to see my midwife who checked her blood and found that she was severely jaundice. She was re-admitted to the hospital and needed to be supplemented with formula and spend 24 hours under the lights. I’m so glad I followed my instincts and that she got better quickly.” Krissy from B-Inspired Mama
16. Don’t Forget Your Needs
“I feel strongly that you won’t know how you will feel until after the birth, so give yourself the freedom to do or say what will make you the happiest and most comfortable in this tender time. Be kind to yourself because your body will be going through so many changes and you’ll need time to adjust to the new member of your family and the changes it will bring to your life and your relationship with your spouse.” Chrissy from The Outlaw Mom
17. Get Dad Involved
“I think it’s important to get your partner involved with the baby’s care as soon as possible. Especially if they aren’t too comfortable or experienced with babies. That way you can feel good about letting them help out and give you breaks.” Krissy from B-Inspired Mama
What are your best tips for surviving the first weeks with a newborn?
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