You’ve read a number of parenting books, scoured the Internet for advice and drilled your doctor. Becoming a mom is exciting, but also daunting. Motherhood is sure to throw some surprises your way, but here are three more nuggets of advice to help with preparing for your baby’s arrival.
- Babies don’t always sleep when they’re tired. It defies logic, but a tired baby doesn’t always equal a sleeping baby. In fact, an overly tired child tends to be irritable and hard to settle. The trick is to look out for signs that your baby is getting tired and to put her in her crib before she gets overly sleepy. Look out for clenched fists, yawning, eye rubbing, jerky movements or pulling of the ear. When your new baby is a few months older, she’ll probably start learning to self-soothe, which will make it easier for her to go to sleep on her own.
- Learn a few baby soothing techniques. Babies are all different and like different things, but a gentle massage may be an effective way to soothe your baby and comfort her when she’s upset. Try warming some lotion in your hand and starting at his forehead, working down along his nose, cheeks and chin, finishing at his neck. Another way to soothe your new baby is to keep him close in a sling while you do things around the house.
- Beware of the germs. While some exposure to germs early on can help strengthen your child’s immune system, you don’t want to risk him falling ill. Practice smart germ control by insisting that anyone who holds your new baby washes their hands first. Also, keep sick friends and family at arm’s length and disinfect your home on a regular basis. However, some germs are unavoidable and there’s only so much you can do.
As a new mom, it’s perfectly normal to have worries. Just remember that your own instincts can be your best weapon. Each time you deal with something new, the experience will help turn you into a more confident mother.