Motherhood is one of those jobs that you can never be fully prepared for. You can read every parenting book out there, take every prenatal class available to you, and still, when your first baby is placed in your arms, all of that knowledge goes out the window. Everything you learn will be based on-the-job experience but today I am partnering with Luvs at Walmart to share my best advice for new mothers, based on my 15 years of raising my boys.
Advice for New Mothers
1.Your baby will not be like anyone else’s baby.
Don’t compare what your child can do with what someone else’s child can do. Every child develops at a different rate. Also, parenting advice that works for one mom, might not work for you. Every child is unique and figuring out how to parent them will take time.
2. Mother’s intuition is a real thing.
There will be many times when you just know what is right for your baby or what is wrong with your baby. Trust the instincts and impressions you receive!
3. If you need to cry, cry!
For some reason our society can view crying as a sign of weakness. Having a good cry can be highly beneficial to your soul. Sometimes you just need to get all of the emotions out so that you can pick up and move forward. And to be honest, the first few months after having a baby are an emotional rollercoaster. It is completely normal to feel emotional! If your emotions get to the point where you are feeling that you are not in control, or you have feelings of depression that you can’t shake, please contact your doctor so you can get on the path to feeling better and being happy.
4.Learn to roll with the punches!
One of the hardest things for me to learn was how to roll with the punches. I was quite the perfectionist before having kids, and learning to accept the fact that my house wouldn’t always be clean or that I wouldn’t always have a delicious home-cooked meal on the table was hard for me. Plus, kids are unpredictable. You just never know what they will surprise you with next.
5. Someday you will laugh at that.
There are some situations that may bring you to tears, but someday down the road you will look back and laugh. I’ll never forget the first day my husband went back to work after I had my first son. As I was changing my son’s diaper, he did his business all across the entire room! I looked at the mess, cleaned him up and then sat and cried until my husband got home a few minutes later. We all laugh at that now, but it was NOT funny to my sleep-deprived self.
6. There will be a day when you get to sleep again.
The days of sleepless nights seem endless. You will probably spend your days feeling like a “mombie”. But, remember, there WILL be a day when you get to sleep through the night and it will be glorious. But then you might just miss those quiet moments of rocking your baby back to sleep in a quiet house. My “baby” is now six and I would give anything for one more day of snuggling that curly-haired adorable baby.
7.Take time for yourself
Once you wear the “mom hat” it can be hard to take it off and remember that before having kids you had goals, hobbies, talents, etc. Don’t let becoming a mom, take away from yourself as a person. Spend time doing what you love. You might not be able to spend as much time as before, but still make some time for yourself.
8. Everything that seems hard now, will eventually become second nature.
Give it time! Being responsible for keeping another human being alive can be overwhelming. With time, you’ll be changing diapers in your sleep with no problem.
9. Soak up every moment but also remember that not every moment will be pleasant.
You will have moments throughout your days that are amazing and beautiful, and then you will have moments where you just have to hide from the kids and cry. There is something to be learned from every single moment.
10. Remember that the most expensive baby products aren’t always the best!
You can waste a lot of money on expensive products when there are more affordable options that can get the job done just as well or better. This can be everything from diapers, wipes, formula, baby swings, etc. You name it!
Luvs diapers are a great example of a diaper that gets the job done, while also being affordable! They also have a money back guarantee so you can put their Ultra Leakguard protection to the test, with no risk to you.
Also, The brandSAVER coupon in the 8/26 Sunday paper will be good for $2 off two bags or one box of Luvs diapers at Walmart. It’s the perfect time to grab some and give them a try!
I hope this advice for new mothers was helpful to you! There are so many other things I could share, but just remember, if you love your kids and are trying to do what’s best for them, it will all work out in the end.
And as always, send me a message if you ever want to chat, especially about raising boys! I’m always available.
If you are an experienced mom, what advice for new mothers do you have?
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Luvs at Walmart. The opinions and text are all mine.