Guest Post: Top Tips for New Mums
This week, Rachael Baty shares her top tips for new mums:
There's no denying that becoming a mum is HARD work. My start wasn't as easy and as glamorous as I had hoped it would be. I was expecting some sort of fairytale fantasy! Suddenly you don't only have to look after yourself, you've got this little person you are now in charge of! Your suddenly being woken up at all hours during the night, and trying to communicate with someone who's only form of communication at the moment is crying. It is hard; it's exhausting in fact! This being said it is the most rewarding thing you can ever do in your life! Seeing this new little life thriving and developing and that's all because of you!
Without a doubt I found the lack of sleep the hardest about becoming a mum. I have always been such a great sleeper! And I'm not the happiest person without sleep. Throughout the almost 8 months of being a mum, I have cried numerous times during the night because of how tired I am, and because I just couldn't work out what Freddie wanted! It's okay to cry. It's okay to ask for help from people. I really have learnt this. Don't feel like you are on your own.
Adjusting to having a newborn is hard! My house was upside down, I didn't have time to cook, or to look after myself! My priorities had suddenly completely changed! So here are my top tips:
1. Take support when it is offered to you. If anyone ever asks if you want anything.. YES, yes you do, whether that's them bringing you food or quickly giving your house a little hoover. Take the help! Trust me, it will help massively.
2. Sleep when the baby sleeps! Ever heard his before? Probably because it's a MUST! You're suddenly getting this broken sleep so sleep during the day when the baby sleeps.. your body will thank you!
3. Do what is best for you and your baby. Don't base your decisions on other people, or feeling you can't do it because people are going to judge you. If it's working for you and your baby.. go for it! (Obviously providing it's not something dangerous). You will learn new things when you're a mum, even if you have read every book under the sun! That doesn't mean that's going to work for you both.
4. Make the most of those snuggles! It might feel like a pain that you can't get ANYTHING done because you can't put your baby down. But trust me there will come a day where they no longer want as many cuddles.. and you really will miss them. Cherish every moment!
I hope this helps someone out there! Always remember you've got this mama. Some days and nights will be better than others.. and it does get easier!
To the world you are just one person, but to your baby you are their world 🖤
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