The following few tips are from me and some of my friends. I hope they will come in handy. Please feel free to add any other tips in the comments section.
- Keep your hands clean. You should always make sure you wash your hands when breastfeeding and handling the baby’s bottles.
- Not every baby will like breastfeeding. It’s not a failure on your part; remember a baby is a unique little person with likes and dislikes
- There will be A LOT of sleepless nights. Sleep when the baby sleeps. Don’t even try to clean the house or do laundry or get yourself busy with something else. The moment the baby sleeps it’s your cue to also get some rest.
- DO NOT pick up the baby the moment the baby cries. Give her time to soothe herself otherwise she will get used to having you scoop her up at the very first sign of tears and that will be a sure way to stop you from doing anything else.
- Breastfeed your baby as often as you can. Breastfeeding is like medicine for the baby. It will stop the baby from catching colds and flues and diseases that are prone to attack new born babies.
- You will have to master the art of taking super quick baths in case the baby wakes up.
- Change the baby’s diapers frequently. You don’t want the baby to have an uncomfortable rash.
- Make Google your friend. In the world of technology where information is just at the tip of your finger try and search for any baby concerns you have before rushing to the doctor. You might be surprised, most answers you get actually work.
- Make time for your spouse if you are raising the child together. It can’t be about the baby all the time. (Not that it’s a bad thing) but your partner also wants to feel loved. You can have someone watch the baby for a day while you catch up on each other.
- You alone know your baby. If you feel something is not right then it probably is. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise
- DO NOT try and do too much too soon. Yes, I know you will miss your pre pregnancy body and want to get right back to exercising but give yourself time to heal. After all you were pregnant for a whole nine months and it will take time for your body to start getting back to normal. Relax and enjoy your baby for now.
- A baby will be happy one day and a downright monster on another day. That doesn’t make you a lousy mum. You will bathe the baby, feed the baby, sing for the baby and nothing will work. It’s just baby having a bad day.
- Make sure you eat healthy and balanced meals and keep your mind from worry. Babies seem to sense it when you are unhappy and end up crying for days because mummy is not happy.
- When people come to see the newborn baby, please give them tasks to help you with around the house. Let them know beforehand that a little help will be required. The last thing you want is to be standing around catering to a clan of twenty family members while trying to heal a torn vagina (sorry for the graphics) and handle a newborn. They can feel free to cook and clean up after themselves.
- Speak positive words of affirmation to your baby and say all the wonderful things you would want them to grow up to be. Also pray for them, nothing is as powerful as a mother’s prayer.
- Speak out if you need help and you are failing to cope on your own. After all,
It takes a whole village to raise a child.
This blog post is dedicated to my friend who is expecting a baby any day now. I am totally excited for him and his wife. It is going to be both a fun and eye opening adventure for the two of you.