10 Best Tips For New Moms 2023
Updated: Jan 7
Being a new mom is exciting and overwhelming at the same time. You have a beautiful baby now, and obviously having a new baby will come with a few challenges. But, you can overcome these challenges if you follow these best tips for new moms. Follow each step thoroughly, and you will see how beautiful life with a baby can be. So, enjoy your time with your new bundle of joy and be proud of yourself because you are someone’s mommy now! Now, let’s get to it. Here are the top 10 best tips for new moms, 2021 edition.
Tip 1: Prepare Yourself
This includes downloading how many ounces should a baby eat chart, learning how to bathe your baby, reading the problems faced by other moms and much more. By preparing yourself, you will succeed. You can always look up things as you go, but being prepared beforehand makes things easier for you and your baby. You would feel less stressed as well as your partner. If you find a challenge you have not read about, stop and watch a video. You can find anything on YouTube these days.
Tip 2: Practice Self-Care
This could be in any form, and you should not skip this tip. It is a must. By practicing self care, you are taking care of yourself and keeping yourself one of your priorities. As I and many always say, a happy mom is a happy family. You are the basis of the household. If you are not in a good mood, your baby can feel it and this will affect the overall environment of the house.
Tip 3: Follow a Schedule
I cannot stress enough that schedules are important whether you have one baby, two or many more. Putting your children on daytime and nighttime schedules would be the best thing you can do. It will ease your life by organizing your day. This way you can leave time for working, self-care, cleaning and cooking. Follow the moms on call schedule. I have put both my kids on this schedule, and it is going well! They both sleep at the same time and are growing in a healthy manner because I am following their feeding schedule too.
Tip 4: Meal Plan
Plan ahead of time what you are going to eat and make sure to include healthy foods. Your body needs to recover from giving birth, so standing for a long time cooking every day should not be a choice. It is better to choose an hour to sit down and plan what you will eat the entire week, then right down the meals. You can order the ingredients online, and cook bulks at one time. This way you would have some meals ready for the week. You will not have enough time to go out to buy ingredients everyday and cook on the same day when you have a baby.
Tip 5: Let Your Partner and Others Help
Don’t try to do everything on your own. Let your partner help. The more he helps, the better prepared he would be if you are not available. Your partner should create a relationship with the baby too. Help initiate this bonding process and allow yourself to relax and accept that you cannot do everything for everyone. Nothing will go wrong. Just help prepare your partner for what could happen and you and your baby would be fine.
Tip 6: It Is Okay To Say No
If you do not want to do something, say no. If you are tired and don’t feel like working or going out, say no. Saying no is your ability to express how you feel. If you don’t say it, you will never be comfortable or get what you want. This is your life, you will be tired and you’re the only one who can save your mental health and physical body. Love yourself and stand up for yourself. There is nothing wrong with saying no. Your partner will understand and should support your decisions.
Tip 7: Swaddle Your Baby
Swaddling helps in so many ways. It helps your baby stay warm during the night. It helps your baby sleep, and stay asleep for a longer period of time. That is because it decreases the startle effect. Make sure to stop swaddling your baby when he/she is 3 to 4 months old. They should not be swaddled if they can roll over. It could be very dangerous to swaddle your baby if he/she can roll onto his/her tummy. Get this cute newborn set for your baby! It's got muslin blankets perfect for swaddling.
Tip 8: Don’t Just Stay Home
I know it is very hard going out with a baby. But, you will go crazy if you stay inside. Go on morning walks with your baby, go grocery shopping (not everyday), and visit other mommies. They can help you and give you advice. Seeing others and smelling fresh air will definitely decrease postpartum depression. Postpartum depression is real and do not underestimate it.
Tip 9: Do Not Worry About Cleaning & Cooking
You and your baby are the priorities right now. You need to get your health back after delivering a baby, and your baby needs to stay healthy. Cleaning and cooking take a lot of time and effort. So, prioritize self-care and your baby’s needs first. If you are like me, then you know this is easier said than done. I love a clean house and if it isn’t clean, it bothers me. So, read this article “Best Habits To Keep Your Home Clean Around Kids” to know effective ways to clean your house with children.
Tip 10: Exercise
Your body will feel better if you exercise. Your mental health will also improve. Trust me when I say exercising is a game changer. Your postpartum body will heal faster, and you will feel better about yourself. You can exercise with your baby around. There are so many postpartum fitness programs you can do in your home with your baby. You just need to look for them!
I hope you enjoyed these tips, and leave a comment below if you have a unique tip you heard from another mom!
About the Author
Halimeh Salem, the founder of Crying Toddlers Blog, is a mom of two, Sama and Basem. She has learned through experience and loves to help other moms who need the help she needed.