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Should you be preparing yourself for the heady world of parenthood, you will understandably be welcoming any advice you can get. From the midwife to your mother-in-law, it sometimes pays to listen, especially if this is your first time on the parenting rodeo. And perhaps this is what brought you to this article today. If you are eager for some words of wisdom, we have gathered together a few helpful nuggets of advice to help you at the start of your journey.
Consider the following.
Get your home ready for your new baby as soon as possible. Don’t wait until baby comes along before you babyproof your property. Don’t neglect any repair issues that could cause your child harm. You will have enough to do when the baby arrives, so deal with any pressing jobs ahead of time. Taking a cue from our article on preparing your home, start early, not only for baby’s sake but for your own peace of mind too.
There are ways to save money on your baby essentials. There is a lot you need to buy for your baby, so your budget will be stretched. From diapers to baby clothes, you will encounter a number of expenses. However, money can be saved. For starters, if any parents offer you hand-me-downs of anything, accept them. If you can buy baby food in bulk, then do so. Look online for ways to save money, as you can often get cheap prices on many of your essentials, including these discount diapers. And don’t go overboard on clothes – your child will soon outgrow them, so resist the urge to treat your baby like a fashion doll. Do your research online, and see what bargains you can find.
Don’t compare yourself to other moms. Some moms make parenting look easy. You see them on the high street, head held high, under the pretence that they have everything under control. Hint: they probably don’t. If they are first-time moms too, they will have all of the anxieties and pressures that you do, so don’t assume they have everything down to a tee. Do your best, with all the help you can gather around you, without judging yourself for not knowing everything, no matter how easy other moms seem to make it.
Get your baby into a regular bedtime routine. Sleepless nights are a real possibility, as your baby will have little respect for your need for a beauty sleep. When they are hungry, they will let you know. When they crave your attention, they will wake you from your slumber. However, the sooner you get your child into a regular bedtime routine the better. There are some tips here which may be useful to you, but do a Google search, as there are loads of articles on sleeping tips for newborns.
Gather your support network around you. You aren’t super mom, so don’t try to be. There will be times when you do need help, so find those people who will be there for you. These are the people who will help you your mommy duties, and these are the people who will give you a break from your duties when you need some rest. Never be too proud to accept help; for your sanity, you will be glad that you do have people around to assist you.
Over to you
We hope these little pieces of advice were useful to you, but let us know what you think. And if you have any advice for first-time moms – perhaps you’re a seasoned parenting professional – please share your pearls of wisdom with us.