Advice for New Moms

What’s the one thing you wish someone would have told you when you were a sleep-deprived, nervous new mom? What advice do you have to share with that mom who just brought her baby home from the hospital and is wondering… Now what?

Let’s share the mom love with those who are new to this world, a bit overwhelmed and in need of a bit of reassurance. We’ve all been there!

Please share your advice in comments. Thanks.

P.S. Here’s some advice received on the (public) Parent Talk Today FB fan page. Thanks, everyone!

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8 Responses to “Advice for New Moms”

  1. Marijke says:

    Don’t rush it. Most of the time, we parents are in a hurry. In a hurry to get in the car, in the store, back in the car, back in the house. In a hurry to get dinner, to get the house tidied, to get the children dressed. Why? Unless you have somewhere to be at a certain time, why the hurry?

    That’s a big mistake I made. I rushed my way through motherhood and I regret it so much. Take your time.

  2. Celina says:

    Put the baby in his/her own room from day one and keep it a little noisy either with a fan or music, whatever. They sleep better with noise. Silence is grueling for them. Our first baby would fall asleep in the family room with all sorts of stuff going on.

  3. Kathy says:

    Both terrific pieces of advice I wish I had heard that first week! Thanks so much, Celina and Marijke.

  4. Stephanie says:

    Enjoy the moments.
    Take pictures. LOTS of pictures.
    Don’t forget to be in the pictures too!
    Learn to nurse laying down pronto.
    Cosleep from day one.
    Invest in 1 or 2 (or more) high-quality baby carriers.

    Those are a few of the things I wish someone would have told me after my 1st baby… :)
    Stephanie´s last blog ..SLY Awards: Zutano

  5. Kathy says:

    Stephanie, you are already doing a fabulous job with the photos! You blog will be such a treasure for your girls to enjoy in years to come.

  6. Kay says:

    I’ve got two teenage girls, one is 17 and one is 15. And my oldest just got accepted to the US Naval Academy. I never thought I’d ever get here at this point. Each stage has been wonderful. One quick piece of advice: dont’ feel like you have to do ALL the laundry. I was amazed at how much laundry one baby created when my first daughter was born. I was overwhelmed with it all and no one told me to expect it. So take it easy and get to it when you can. I’ve kept that motto even today. Only now they can help out with their own laundry. Nice.

  7. Kay, thanks for the wonderful comment, Kay! You have accomplished a lot and have good advice to share. OK, time to teach my teen son to do his own laundry…
    Kathy @ Parent Talk Today´s last blog ..Teenagers and Prescription Drugs

  8. Kay, I obviously like your name so much I used it twice in the first sentence! ;) That’ll teach me to not read my comment before hitting “submit.”
    Kathy @ Parent Talk Today´s last blog ..Teenagers and Prescription Drugs