Becoming a mother is life-changing. New moms are suddenly, almost overnight, tasked with the responsibility of a tiny little baby. They may look cute, but don’t be fooled! Babies are a lot of hard work. If you’re expecting and feeling a little nervous, we know just how challenging motherhood is, so we’ve rounded up our top tips and tricks for new moms to help make things a little easier for you.
In the womb, babies have little room to move around, so for the first weeks of their life, they’re scared of their own hand movements. Make them feel safe and comforted by swaddling them. This is a great trick to help them get longer stretches of sleep at night.
Don’t Keep Your Baby Up For Long
An overtired baby is a baby that is just that, over tired, and won’t go to sleep easily. Avoid that by making sure you put them down for a nap well before they’re due.
Monitor Your Baby’s Feeding and Diaper Schedule
The days after delivery are a daze. Tracking your baby’s feeding and diaper schedule can give you some direction and guidance. It will also allay any concerns you have when you know your baby is feeding well.
Onesies are your Best-Friend
Think milk spit and diaper mess, then imagine having to constantly change your baby. On hectic days like that, onesies are a game changer.
Nap When Your Baby Naps
It’ll be a long time before you baby sleeps through the night. You’ll be feeding, burping and changing them for the bulk of the night. To counter the sleep deprivation, take advantage of your baby’s day naps and nap a long side him!
Invest in a Sound Machine
A sound machine like this one, Munchkin – Shhh Portable Baby Sound Machine can be an absolute God send! Babies are used to hearing ambient noise from inside your womb so it can be very comforting to a fussy baby by also drowning out any disturbing background noise.