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10 New Mom Survival Tips

Let’s face it, those first few weeks (and months) with your newborn can be intense.

To help, we’ve put together 10 New Mom Survival Tips. It’s everything we think you need to know that the books don’t tell you.

We hope these new mom survival tips give you the confidence and reassurance to survive and thrive through the fourth trimester and beyond.

Trust your gut.

You may be new to this Mama and feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, but here you are, and even if you don’t believe it, your mother instincts know just what to do. Your body knows, just as it did these last nine months of carrying your little one, exactly what your new BFF needs and wants. It’s biological, its instinct. It’s motherhood. Quiet the noise of social media and friends and family members that make you second-guess yourself, so you can hear what your gut says and get in tune with your baby.

Six Things You Should Know to Survive Your Baby’s First Days

A few years ago, when I started my practice, I noticed that I was getting only emergency calls from mothers experiencing different problems. The work in private practice is very different than the hospital one. At the hospital, I used to witness the first latch of many babies, and I used to talk to them about the do’s and don’ts of breastfeeding.

Unfortunately, I don’t have many opportunities anymore to tell mommies what to expect in the first days and weeks or what they can do to prevent future problems. But if there’re any future moms or very new moms reading this, I can assure you that you will need to know these six essential things to survive your baby’s first days of life.

1. Don’t forget to do Skin to Skin with your baby within the first hour after birth, and for the next 24 hours.

Studies have shown that early Skin to Skin practices increase the levels of oxytocin in mothers and babies and facilitates the latch.

10 Things New Moms Need to Know (that you’ll learn at new mom school!)

So many expecting moms think, “I took the classes at the hospital and I don’t need to pay for new friends, I already have friends that have babies.”

We completely understand where you’re coming from. You’ve done all of the prep work and you have lots of friends who are mamas – why should you pay to meet other moms? Isn’t that what your friends are for?

But here’s the thing.

There is a huuuuuge difference between having friends who have 6-month olds, 1-year olds, and 3-year olds, and having a group with moms who have babies the exact same age as yours. Once your friends have passed the newborn phase, they’re having a completely different experience than you are. Sure, they might remember it was hard, but they won’t be able to relate to you in the way that people going through the exact same thing will.

The Six Musts for Breastfeeding

This year, World Breastfeeding Week took us in unimaginable circumstances. The whole world is struggling to adapt to a new reality.

I had big plans to celebrate this week. Cool campaigns to raise awareness, including gatherings, pictures, and videos. However, COVID-19 came to change our plans.

I can't deny that I was frustrated and off of ideas. But, then I thought about how much connected I've been with my family, my friends, and my clients, more than ever before. Maybe this is not a time to show and do, but to communicate and deliberate.

I decided to pick the strongest statements in the breastfeeding world and bring them to my platform to raise some thoughts and open discussions.

How to Choose the Right Pump for Me?

I see pumps all the time in my job; I listen to mothers and how they feel about so many different brands; I watch videos, read manuals, and talk to companies’ experts… And I know choosing the right pump for you could become a real challenge. Based on my work experience, and also as a mother, I thought it would be helpful to share some tips and things to consider when you pick a pump…

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Pump

  1. The first thing to learn is what kinds of pumps are available in the market. The pumps are categorized by level of power and efficiency to remove the milk, in the following order, from lowest to highest:

    -  Manual pumps
    -  Electrical single pumps
    -  Electrical double pumps
    -  Hospital rated pumps (which are also double electric pumps)

Must-Read Parenting Books

Let’s face it, we moms barely have time to pursue any interests outside the core family functions and the luxury of reading a book cover to cover might be a thing of the past. That’s why audiobook apps like Audible are so good.

Here are my Top 2 recommendations for parenting books you’ll want to listen to. You can listen in bed, while you fold the laundry or pump/feed; wherever you can! Just pop your earphones in and listen as the pages unfold.

Recommended read:

The Explosive Child: A New Approach for Understanding and Parenting Easily Frustrated, Chronically Inflexible Children by Dr. Ross W. Greene.

Every mom, no matter how old her child, should listen to this on Audible. It’s 2.5 hours and can be listened to in sections if you need it. The best part about listening to it is the vignettes you hear of parents talking to their children. They are so relatable and easy to replicate.

10+ Ways to Soothe a Fussy Baby

The constant cry of an upset and fussy baby can challenge us to our core. We may even have a chemical reaction in our body that causes us to sweat and feel as though our blood pressure is rising. When we get that feeling, all rational thinking often disappears on us!

When that happens, firstly: Try and run through this common checklist of reasons your baby might be fussy.

  • Hunger
  • Too hot
  • Overstimulated
  • In pain or discomfort
  • Dirty diaper
  • Overtired
  • Needs affection or wants to be held
  • Sick

If you’ve exhausted this list and haven’t managed to soothe your little one, it’s time to try imitating the uterus — the profoundly calming place your baby has just spent the past 40 or so weeks.

5 Essential Tips for Mothers of Newborns

Your newborn is a precious addition to the world but also requires an adjustment to your daily schedule. Here are some essential tips that should help.

1. Don’t try and force a schedule.

Infants are demanding but that should be expected. Though you may desire a certain schedule of your own, do your best not to force a schedule on your newborn. It can take weeks, sometimes months, to know your baby’s needs. Go easy on yourself and give it time to learn what they’re telling you.

Let your baby eat whenever he or she wants without applying a regular timetable. Before you know it, you’ll be in a nice rhythm. You can expect that your infant may require to eat more often than you think, especially during the first month or so.

Considering Whole Child Development

Original Article by Hayley Goldberg, LMFT via Heart of Connecting

One of the most important jobs we have as parents is to nurture the development of skills in our children. Through our years of parenting we want to instill healthy like skills and characteristics in our kids. For our children to one day become healthy and well-balanced adults means we need to look at our whole child and support all their development needs rather than focusing on a few isolated skills.

This whole-child approach requires us to focus on building skills in six important areas of development – language, communication and literacy, gross and fine motor skills, creativity, academic skills, spirituality, and social-emotional skills.

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