Becoming a new mother will likely be one of the best times of your life. The moment your baby is placed on your chest at the hospital you will feel a love like you have never felt before. This is by itself one of the most life-affirming things any woman interested in having children can do.
Of course, it’s not easy. While child rearing is beautiful, enjoyable, incredibly interesting, purposeful and deeply satisfying, it is also tough, stressful, tiring and can sometimes feel overwhelming.
For that reason, you might need all the help you can get. This is in no way a comment on your abilities as a mother. Motherhood is learned through experience, and while some of it can be taught, you will find yourself becoming better as time passes on. However, no matter how much you might learn by yourself, a few good personal and baby caretaking tips always help to reduce stress in your home.
One of the most important aspects of new motherhood is to take care of yourself. New mothers have a tough job on their hands, and if you neglect yourself then everyone in the home will suffer. It’s not hard to see why you might get so exhausted that you need to sleep at odd times or that your appetite becomes a thing of the past.
However, if you are finding it hard to sleep at all, to eat a well-balanced diet, or to spend any time by yourself recuperating from childbirth and taking care of your little one, then it’s always wise to seek professional help. Sometimes, signs of postnatal depression can take time to develop. This can leave you feeling intensely unhappy for periods of time and that can prove fatal or very damaging for many new mothers. You do not deserve to feel like this no matter what your situation is. Be sure to stay in contact with your medical professionals and alert them the moment you are worried. If you have a good partner by your side, they should support you through this stressful time.
Your hygiene and the hygiene of your baby is essential. Be sure to wash towels and their clothes in baby-friendly detergent often made for super sensitive skin. Be sure to completely clean their bottoms after a diaper change and only apply products that are verified for the skin type of the child. It might be that you find certain allergies and sensitivities during this period, but with the help of your medical professional you should be able to find solutions that work effectively.
Postnatal health is so important. Invite the midwife around at the correct times or bring your baby to the pediatrician if you have any questions or concerns. A functional understanding of the usual issues that babies may experience can help you distinguish between a normal issue or something more serious. For example, it’s normal for babies to vomit as they are being fed with milk, but it’s not normal for this vomit to take on a strange consistency, to happen very regularly, or to impede the babies health. Asking your doctor or midwife for a list of typical issues to look out for and how to distinguish those from more pressing concerns can help any new mother from stressing out too much during those first few months.
However, you must never feel a fool when you call up the doctor with questions. Remember that this is your baby and it is expected that new mothers are hyper-vigilant. Your medical professionals are there to help you. You should absolutely have confidence as a caregiver, even if that means doing everything you can to learn about the small considerations of raising a child. If you do this well, however, you will catch issues before they become a problem, and raise a happy, healthy baby.
Babies are superbly reactive and sensitive to noise, especially those that aren’t expected. If you can, reduce the volume of your home. This might mean making sure the baby is never too close to your vacuum, which is best done while they are napping. It might be that you lower the volume of your television–even if that means viewing your Netflix shows with subtitles turned on.
You might also need to relocate where your baby sleeps or how well the windows are insulated. In some circumstances, it might also mean asking your neighbors and visitors to keep the noise down. Issues here can expand and become more serious, particularly if they impact your baby’s sleep patterns.
Babies sleep often and they sleep hard. This might not happen at the exact times you prefer, but it does happen eventually. It is critical that you know how to establish a healthy sleep schedule, observe a healthy sleeping baby, secure their cradle or crib, and keep them warm but not overheated to ensure that your child gets the rest they need to develop and prosper. From a newborn bedtime routine to the installation of a mobile to help them slowly drift off to sleep to installing a baby monitor, such adjustments will culminate in your baby getting the rest they need. Good baby sleep hygiene will also help you carve out a few more sleeping hours for yourself (essential for any mother) and leave the both of you feeling happy and energized.
With these five caretaking musts, motherhood will not only be possible but much easier and less stressful. From there you can focus on the most important part–enjoying and loving your new bundle of joy!
How do you keep the stress level low in your home?