Motherhood is not easy. There are no guidelines on how to be an excellent mom. The rules are yours to make. If this is your first time, you’re in for a treat. The sleepless nights may not be a lot of fun but looking at your newborn fall into a deep sleep is fulfilling. Focusing on the small things can sometimes distract moms from the bigger picture. You brought a human being into this world, and that is surely something to celebrate! While being a first-time mom has its own sets of learning curves, don’t stress, learning as you go is completely normal. Here is some practical advice that you can easily implement into your life
1. Live in the Present
Instead of stressing the small things, live in the present with your toddler. Your little one is going to grow up pretty fast. It’s important to focus on the big moments in their lives. Although, it can be hard if you’re filled with doubts, just know that you’re trying your best and that’s what counts. These precious moments won’t come back to you, so it is important that you cherish them and keep them close to your heart. Self-care and being mindful of your habits will allow you to live more in the present. Putting your phone away, going to the gym, and having daily one-on-one time with your child are just some examples of how you can be a more present parent.
2. Know Your Child
Everyone is unique. As your toddler develops be mindful of their strengths and weaknesses. Some children may develop skills at a slower pace. As a parent, patience is key, if you’re patient with your child and you will facilitate their growth. The milestones are amazing, but getting to them is even more vital. As much as you want changes such as bottle to sippy cup or crib to bed to go quickly and smoothly, it is important to allow your child to slowly adapt to them. Going back to the bottle is not a big deal. If you’re being mindful and supportive of your little one, you are facilitating their developmental skills. There are various internet resources to help you along the way.
3. Find Your Community
Sometimes being a parent can be difficult if you have no one to relate to. Finding a group of other moms that you can vent to or ask for advice might be helpful. You can ask questions and vent when necessary. However, managing a child or children, maintaining a job and also a personal life can be difficult. Luckily, social media is within the reach of your fingers. There are a lot of Facebook groups you can join as a new mom. Joining various Facebook groups will allow you to receive various opinions and also read other mom’s posts. You’re not in this alone! If you are ready to learn more check out our more articles or like us on Facebook to find your new mom tribe!
4. Trust Your Intuition & Stock Up for When Your Child Is Sick
One of the biggest things being a new mom is to always trust your gut. Toddlers can sometimes be unpredictable, but if you notice a significant change it is better to be safe and take your child to a healthcare provider. It is better to hear it from an expert than try to guess what may be happening to your child. Unfortunately, sick days are unavoidable. Do not panic but be prepared. The best thing you can do is stock up on medicine and the essentials your child may need. Stocking up on things such as Pedialyte and Gatorade will make those sick days a lot easier!
You Got This!
Although being a new mom can be difficult and it has its own sets of challenges, the internet is full of resources to guide you along the way. Your little one will certainly reach their potential with your guidance along the way. Being a more present parent and practicing patience with your little one are a few small things you can adapt into your daily lives. Always just do the best you can and hold onto the small things. You and your child will both be growing and learning along the way. Wishing you the best throughout the adventure of motherhood.