Congrats on your new baby mama! Here you are, holding the child you've waited for so many months. You communicated with him through whispers and lullabies, and he responded with kicks that made your heart dance with joy. Now, the baby is in your hands for you to care for. You must be anxious about this new responsibility, but don't worry; these tips and ideas will make caring for your newborn easier and less stressful.
Taking care of a newborn is impossible without caring for the mother! Your birth incision will require care whether you've had a vaginal or cesarean birth. Use postpartum pads to alleviate pain from episiotomies and follow your doctor's instructions for caring for your cesarean incision.
Plan to leave the house every day or every other day with your baby, or even without him, even if it's just for half an hour. Fresh air and a change of scenery will help improve your mood and combat postpartum depression.
Download an app to watch movies and TV shows on your mobile phone. You'll need entertainment, something to keep you awake during late-night feedings. And don't forget entertaining and informative books and magazines.
You'll have to change your baby's diaper multiple times throughout the day and the first few weeks. So, if your house is large or has multiple floors, ensure you have a diaper-changing station on each level or where you'll spend the most time with your baby, like the bedroom and living room. This way, you won't have to get up too many times when you're tired from the effects of childbirth.
Breastfeeding may seem easy and instinctual and doesn't require any help, but trust me, especially if this is your first baby, you will need a lot of support and assistance to ensure your child is getting enough milk and that the latch is correct. Proper latching makes breastfeeding easier and less painful.
Days with a newborn can feel long and monotonous. Make bathing your baby a midday event, granting you both a quiet twenty minutes filled with bonding and affection. This bath will help your baby nap and break the routine a little.
Give your child a sense of security from being held close in a baby carrier while you tackle your various household tasks. This way, you get things done and keep your baby calm at the same time.
This advice, which you've probably heard from your mom and other women, is among the best pieces of traditional wisdom. A newborn's sleep pattern is irregular, so you must get enough rest to care for your child correctly.
The community of mothers is one of the most crucial support pillars you'll need during your motherhood journey. Look for other moms who have children around the same age as yours or slightly older so that you can share experiences and insights. It helps to know that you're not alone on this path.
You'll hear a lot of advice during this period on caring for your newborn, some good and supported by doctors and caregivers, and some old wives' tales that should be ignored. Don't let these suggestions stress you out or add to your anxiety. Smile and do what you find appropriate and in line with the latest medical recommendations.
Adding these to your list helps make your new responsibilities easier to manage so you can enjoy the beautiful journey of motherhood to the fullest.