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Tips for a new mommy.

I'm putting together a booklet of tips to help a friend of mine who will be a new mom and would like any advice you offer. Thanks.

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surfngirl

Asked by surfngirl at 2:28 PM on Mar. 22, 2011 in Babies (0-12 months)

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  • Don't sweat the small stuff. If you don't get to that load of laundry today, it'll still be there tomorrow. Same goes for those dirty dishes.

    Also, ACCEPT help. If friends/family offer to come over and cook, clean, watch the baby while you take a shower, LET THEM!

    Other than that, just relax and trust your instincts.
    Anouck

    Answer by Anouck at 2:45 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • house work will always be there, but. Children grow so fast , bond with your child, for the first 5 years are most important and they will learn the most in these years. when baby is sleeping use the time for your self.
    rorasgranmie

    Answer by rorasgranmie at 2:54 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Take a nap when your baby is taking a nap

    couzie139

    Answer by couzie139 at 3:07 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Within a few months have a sleep time routine that is always the same. Do the same thing each nap time/bedtime  like diaper change, swaddling, lights out, drapes pulled, soft music on or singing, cuddling/rocking/swaying.  The baby will pick up on these cues and know it is sleep time.   It helps so much with consistency and having a smooth transition to naps/bedtime

    elizabr

    Answer by elizabr at 3:58 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • Go with your gut. If your baby is screaming and you think she's hungry but you just nursed her, don't wait 45 mintues to try nursing only to find out that's what she wanted all along. If your best friend/coworker/grandma tells you to do something and it doesn't sound right to you, trust your gut. No newborn has ever been held too much, loved too much, or spoiled. And accept help when it is offered- if someone offers to give you a night out, take the chance. If someone offers to come cook you dinner, accept the help. And don't forget your husband in all of the baby excitement, it's important to keep that connection and to be a team. It can be a wonderful time after having your first baby, but it can also be hard, so if you don't fall into mommyhood right away don't worry and don't beat yourself up.
    MaryMW

    Answer by MaryMW at 4:48 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

  • enjoy your baby
    don't sweat the small stuff
    never wake a sleeping baby
    trial and error there's no right and wrong for a first timer
    Amanda11810

    Answer by Amanda11810 at 9:15 PM on Mar. 22, 2011

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