Nothing can quite prepare you for the moment when you first become a mom. No matter how much reading you do, no matter how much you think you know everything, it's the biggest life-changing moment of all. The second your baby is placed in your arms, your world changes... in a million different, beautiful ways.
When I was pregnant for the first time, I thought I was prepared. In some ways, I was - but I didn't have many close friends who were moms already. The one thing I wish I had? More tips and advice from other moms! Everyone I talked to painted a pretty picture for me, leaving out the dirty details like the fact that I wouldn't get a full night's sleep for months! (Years, actually.)
I didn't realize how worried I'd be every time my baby cried, and how difficult burping my baby would be. It was also challenging for me to find a comfortable position to breastfeed my baby in. I was also under the impression that I'd leave the hospital wearing my 'pre-pregnancy' jeans. Ha!
I really do wish I had more tips and advice back then. It would have really helped!
What tips would you offer new moms? Here's what I'd love to say to new or expectant moms:
You will still look pregnant after you have your baby - but don't worry! Your old body will eventually return. In the meantime, don't expect your old jeans to fit you quite yet!
The first 6 weeks will be the hardest. You will be serious sleep-deprived! Try to sleep whenever the baby sleeps - the housework can wait!
Accept help from your family and friends. The last thing you need to be worried about is cooking - let others do the work for you - your hands will be full with the new baby.
Feed your baby when he or she is hungry - not 'every 3 hours' which is what you may read in the books... when a baby is still so young, I think it is important to provide them with milk whenever they demand it.
Take lots and lots of pictures! Those first few months go by very quickly!
I would have loved for other moms to have shared their tips with me before I became a mom - I guess the transition wouldn't have been as shocking!
Well, Pampers is creating a Pampers Tips Sheet for new and expecting Canadian parents, filled with the best parenting tip - sent it by YOU! They'll pick the best advice and publish it in the Pampers Online Tips Sheet for new parents.
The top 25 tips (voted by Mom Central judges) will receive a $20 gift card, and one grand prize winner will receive $500! And all you have to do is let other new and expecting parents know what tips you consider to be most valuable!
Enter your tips here. Full contest details can be found on the website, too. You'll be asked for tips in 2 areas:
1. How to cope with going back to work
2. Baby/Mommy sleep tips (tips to help baby and mom get enough rest!)
You can enter tips on Mom Central's website until December 10th!
I partcipated in this blog tour as part of Mom Central's Blog Campaign, and in doing so, receive a $20 Amazon gift certificate.