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8 Tips for New Moms: Surviving the First Weeks

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8 Tips for New Moms: Surviving the First Weeks


The first few weeks at home with a newborn baby can be a roller coaster physically, emotionally and mentally. Here are our uncut unfiltered tips for new moms for surviving those first couple of weeks with your newborn.

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During my pregnancy I got tons of advice. Get your sleep while you can. Say good-bye to eating in restaurants. Get outside for a few minutes every day. Get foods you can eat with one hand as I waded through the facts, the fiction and the exaggerated tribulations of new motherhood, I had no idea what to actually expect.

I’m sure (I know!) you’re in the same boat. Keep our advice for new moms bookmarked and I promise: you will more than survive your first few weeks with baby.

1. Ask for Help


When I visited my friends with newborns before I had kids I wish they had told me to get off my butt and do the dishes or let them take a shower I had no idea that this was the best use of my visit. Don’t be afraid to ask friends and family for help they want to help but they don’t always know what you need.

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Also reach out to professionals if you want to vent need breastfeeding advice or need some sleep Therapists, baby nurses, nannies, lactation consultants and postpartum doulas can make life easier and hiring any of these people says zero about your ability to mother.

2. Build a Routine


Babies develop routines early so pay attention to baby’s cues and cries and start building that routine. It can help you know what to expect though baby won’t always follow the schedule some moms like the Eat, Sleep, Play or Eat, Play, Sleep routines.

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Or maybe you will create your own. Veteran tip for new moms: use an app I kept track of my son’s feedings, sleep, and tummy/reading time on my phone and when I began to see patterns it was a lightbulb moment. Even if you have just a teensy bit of control over what can be a chaotic time it’s a huge win.

3. Go for a Walk, Take a Shower, Drink Coffee, Check Your Email




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Finding 40 minutes a day (TEN for a walk, TEN for a shower, TEN for coffee, TEN for email) will help you feel like yourself and not just “Mom.” Of course you can spend your minutes however you like I took 10 minutes to do my makeup even if I wasn’t going anywhere if you are by yourself, plop baby in a Boppy lounger or a rocker within view and you can still take that shower.

4. Make Healthful Choices


You might feel a little down after baby comes home. Your moods will be erratic and unlike celebrities you usually won’t look like your pre-baby self hours after giving birth. It’s tempting to eat whatever you want. I know trust me. And it’s because you are tired. Because it’s quicker to eat junk. Because you are unhappy with your body so who cares what you eat at this point right? But you will feel so much better if you eat healthful nutritious foods.

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Try to get items you can eat with one hand because you will be holding, feeding, burping and rocking a baby much of the day. So almonds, carrots, low sugar granola or a Clif bar and string cheese that last bizarre combo was my go to and lots of water. Stock up a few weeks before your due date so the snacks are waiting for you when you come home.

5. Wear Baby


This advice for new moms isn’t for everyone, moms and babies alike but wearing your newborn can be a great hack for you and baby. I wore my son from the time he was just a few days old and the skin to skin contact helped solidify our bond and our nursing relationship.

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It was also a guaranteed way to get him to sleep once he was snuggled in I would walk and bounce around for a bit and he would be out. I could go to the store sit and eat lunch with two hands and my partner and I could go to dinner.

6. Take Care of Your Breasts



Chances are you are going to try breastfeeding, even if it’s just the first few days or weeks at home. Baby’s sucking motion is no joke if your partner doesn’t believe you tell them to put a clean finger in baby’s mouth. If you are having trouble getting a good latch the result can mean cracked, bleeding or even blistered nipples.

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Make sure to gently wash your nipples after each feed and place a cool washcloth on them. Then use a salve to help them heal. Also massage your breasts and use warm compresses to unclog ducts.

7. Focus on You and Your Family


My close friend and I were pregnant at the same time and we constantly compared notes. So naturally we did the same when our babies arrived. But sometimes comparing notes can feel like you are losing. Like if your baby doesn’t gain weight as quickly or if your friend is breastfeeding successfully and you are not or even that your friend’s husband changes more diapers than yours.

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I promise whatever you are doing you are being amazing at it. Every family’s journey is different so concentrate on doing what’s best for yours.

 8. Remember, Every Stage Is a Stage (Temporary!)


Your newborn will not be a nearly blind bobble-headed eating machine that needs to feed every 2 hours forever. And you won’t be a moody lady who’s banned from exercising for the rest of your life. To me that’s how it felt.

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But a friend gave me some great advice for new moms everywhere: if I just kept reminding myself that every stage would pass eventually that there was a light at the end of tunnel it would help me get through each one of them. It did.

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