6 Things New Moms Need to Know

Becoming a brand new mom is a rare event that transforms your life forever. But anything really worth having, it isn’t easy.

For many of you, mommyhood is still a distant idea, but chances are you have friends and family who are beginning this new adventure and having an understanding of what they’re experiencing is important. 

For others, the idea of starting a family is a bit closer on the horizon—perhaps even with an impending due date!—and you’re scouring the internet for as much information as you can dig up. 

Here are six things new moms need to know before taking the plunge into this beautiful and amazing new role that you will play in not just your life but in that of the persona you have helped to bring life to. 

Adjust to Maternal Clothing 

Just because you are currently pregnant or you just recently gave birth to your child doesn’t mean you should immediately cease being seen in public.

You can find plenty of attractive maternity clothes that can flatter your body type, such as nursing dresses in various colors and prints, creating a definition between your belly and your chest with belts. 

Plus-sized women can locate pregnancy clothes in streamlined cuts that offer an elongated look for their personal body type and allow for flexibility to move about in them when running around with their child in tow.  

Every pregnant body is different, and your body will even differ from week to week, so there is no reason to panic when you feel uncomfortable with what you see in the mirror.

You have a new little person in your life that loves you unconditionally. 

Soft knit maternity dresses with hemlines that land somewhere around the knee can give you a bit of a form-fitting fabric that emphasizes your baby belly while still giving you the freedom to move around. 

If you wish to cover up a bit more, you can go for a long sweater that is practically at the length of a dress for a long silhouette.

Baby Lotion for Bedtime 

Nourish and calm your baby’s skin at bedtime with nourishing body lotion that is for ages three months and above. 

Gently massage onto skin before bed, naps, or anytime skin appears dry.

Baby lotion is never to be swallowed and is only for external use

Prevent it from making contact with your child’s eyes, wounds, or broken skin.

Stop using the baby lotion if there are signs of irritation, keep it out of the reach of your children, store it in a dry and cool place that is away from sunlight, and don’t use it beyond its expiration date.

Things Will Get Messy 

Like it or not, your home isn’t going to always look as clean and pristine as it once did when you didn’t have a little baby mouth to feed, burp, help get potty trained, put to bed every day. 

New moms need to learn to relax and not lose their cool when their baby does what babies do, which is do ever they want to do at any given moment.

Dishes are going to be piling up in the kitchen, and you may even compare your own baby’s behavior to that of your neighbor and freak out at the differences in development.

Nothing is going to always be perfect, and there is no reason to beat yourself up about it either. 

Get Out of Your Home 

Just because your baby isn’t in need of socializing for two months, it doesn’t mean that you don’t.

You may feel way more comfortable staying right where you are at home as you adapt to motherhood.

But you would feel entirely too isolated, and your fitness and cardio component of your life would be way too minimal.

Are there other women with young children that you can connect with to go for a morning stroll and get some motherly advice and make each other laugh?

Also, don’t forget to be a good dog mom by getting outside for a walk while walking your dog to keep both of your bodies healthy. 

Adjusting to Parenthood Takes Time 

As soon as your new baby enters your household, the interactions and dynamics of your relationship with your significant other will immediately change, from your physical and emotional needs to the level of responsibility that you both will need to take on.  

Even as equal as your husband or boyfriend may aim to make your baby time, there will be times where it will feel uneven and unfair, like jumping up in the middle of the night ever-so often for breastfeeding when you finally fell into a deep sleep that stemmed from total exhaustion.

Also, if your husband is going to work every day, it may appear like he is getting a daily vacation for the chaos at home that it takes to raise a baby that is obviously unable to raise itself.

Don’t allow resentment and frustration to set in. Communicate about your needs and listen to them when he shares his with you as well.

Remember, you are both in this together, and just because he isn’t feeding and changing diapers during his normal work hours, he is still making a commitment and contribution to your family by earning an income. 

Celebrate Your Baby’s Firsts 

You may see so much of your baby that you may forget to take a moment and document the big firsts that kid does, such as talking, playing with their favorite toys, and making new memories as they grow. 

Taking pictures is great, but you should also keep a journal and write down the funniest moments and the most rewarding ones so that they can be remembered and shared in the future.

Not only will their baby memories be great to share with your child when they are a grown-up, but this is literally their personal history that you are documenting and that they can have passed down to them to share with their own kids one day.

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