Top Things to Know As A New Mom

Top Things to Know As A New Mom

 

Congratulations! You have made it through the first three months of your baby’s life and now you’re faced with a rapidly growing infant. The next three months of your baby’s life will be a time of fun and firsts. As a new Mom, there are certain things you may need to hear. That is why we put together this list of top things to know as a new mom.

 

It is Okay to Question

As your baby grows, you may find yourself asking questions, questioning yourself, worrying and feeling emotions you didn’t expect. This is perfectly normal and perfectly expected. If you were not asking these things or feeling these things, it would be concerning. If you don’t have a more experienced Mom to ask, find a support group online or in person filled with other women you can speak with. 

 

You Are in For A Whole Lot of Firsts

Beginning around three to four months old, your baby will begin to do wondrous things. This is the time they will begin to babble new sounds that prepare them to learn to talk. This is when they will learn to roll over. By the time they are six months old they may even be learning to crawl or to pull themselves up (although it is perfectly fine if not). These moments will never happen again so make sure that you stop the hecticness for a moment and take time to cherish them.

 

It Is Okay to Start Solid Foods

As a new mom, you may be unsure of when to start your baby on solids. Usually this is done by the time they are six months old but some Moms hold off out of fear. In this case, it is perfectly okay to start your baby on solids around five months old. Stage 1 baby foods are perfectly pureed so that infants without teeth or only one tooth can still enjoy them. Introduce them slowly to allow little tummies to adjust and be sure to keep an eye out for any potential food allergies you may not know about. 

While you’re at it, by the age of six months, your baby will do well at learning how to drink from a cup. Whether you use a sippy cup or teach them on a regular cup is entirely your choice. Yes, there will be messes to clean up, but teaching them early will make bottle or breast weaning easier for you later on. 

 

It is Okay to Be Afraid

Speaking of fear, it is perfectly normal to be afraid or to worry when your baby begins to do new things. Again, the very fact that you are worried shows that you are a good mom. However, growing up means doing new things and learning new lessons. Both you and your baby have a whole lot of these lessons to learn together so instead of fearing them, try to embrace them. You will both be a whole lot more comfortable.

 

Your Baby Does Not Need You to Hover

Your baby is going to fall when she first begins to walk. She will learn to feed herself by missing her mouth and getting her nostril. She will learn to use her sippy cup by getting herself in the eye a few times. She is going to get small bumps and a hurt ego along the way. This is normal and needs to happen.

Yes, you should absolutely be there to keep her safe, but if you are hovering so much that she can’t make these simple mistakes, she will never learn to do it for herself. Instead, she will learn to rely solely on you as she grows which ultimately leads to a very dependent adult later in her life. 

 

Trust Your Instincts

Unfortunately, a lot of doctors and others in authority positions often pass off the worries of a new mother as being just that; the worries of a new mother. However, if deep down you truly feel something is wrong, trust those instincts. Just because you are a new mother does not mean that your gut feelings are wrong. Besides, even if they are, it is far better to be safe than it is to be sorry. 

 

Doctors Do Not Always Know Best

On the topic of doctors, they may have the medical degree but that does not always make them right. They may see your child once a month at most but you spend every possible moment with him. You know your child best. This goes along with trusting your instincts but if you feel something is wrong and your pediatrician will not listen, it may be time to switch to a new one. 

 

You Are Doing an Amazing Job!

Finally, take a deep breath and know that you are doing an absolutely amazing job. Your baby made it through the first three months. You made it through the first three months. As long as you are doing the best you can for your baby, everything else will fall into place. 

 

If you are looking for additional resources, I found these three blogs very useful!!

Lisa-Jo Baker’s blog

Raised Good Blog

The Cole Mines blog

About Morgan Wender

I’m a boy mom, dog mom, bee mom, lover of all things Disney, and lover of making the best out of this chaotic life of mine. I created this platform to share my life, and help normalize “big topic” motherhood issues. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between.Now that you know a little about me, I would love to know more about you! Find me over on Instagram, and shoot me a DM if you would like to chat!the journey

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Hi, I’m Morgan! I created this platform to be able to share my life, help normalize big topic motherhood issues, and help simplify all the things I learned the complicated way. I hope you enjoy my mix of life, love, levity, and everything in between

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