TOP STRUGGLES BEING A NEW MOM
Updated: Nov 14, 2022
As a new mom, you are in for an incredible journey. There is so much to learn and prepare for in the first few months of your baby's life. The process can be overwhelming at times, but there are steps you can take to make it easier on yourself. Here are some of the biggest struggles new parents face:
It's normal to feel nervous about feeding your newborn. There are so many things that can go wrong and you're in a new role, as it were. But don't worry—you've got this!
Breastfeed or bottle-feed? It's up to you! You will figure out what works best for your own family. Some people prefer breastfeeding because it's free and requires little equipment, but others find that breastfeeding is too difficult or painful for them (and if this is the case, don't feel guilty about it!). Formula feeding also has its benefits: it's easier than breastfeeding, especially for someone who never had children before; babies can be fed anywhere at any time; there are fewer health risks associated with formula than with breastmilk; and so on.
Mixing formula can be tricky if this is your first time around (we'll get into more detail below). But once you have everything set up correctly, all you need to do is heat up the water until steam rises from its surface (you should see bubbles appearing as well), then slowly pour some of the hot water into one side of the measuring cup until full—this will make room for milk—then add powdered formula until full again (make sure not to overfill). Once mixed together thoroughly with a clean spoon or spatula, simply feed baby! If baby seems hungry after eating less than half of what they've been given, try giving them another ounce at a time instead of more milk powder next time around—this way they won't choke themselves by swallowing too much at once.,
If you're new to the world of swaddling, here's everything you need to know.
Swaddle a newborn. Newborn babies are at their most vulnerable when they sleep because they can't control their limbs yet and may accidentally kick off blankets or move around too much while sleeping. A swaddled baby is more likely to stay asleep for longer periods of time because he or she feels secure in the wrap.
Don't overcomplicate it! There are plenty of complicated methods for wrapping your newborn up like a burrito, but for now it's best just to keep things simple and traditional so that you don't injure your little one by accident (and also because newborns are incapable of using their hands anyway). Let me show how easy it is: First lay out the receiving blanket on top of your lap with one corner hanging down toward your feet—you want this corner facing up so that there's no risk of catching baby's face with it later on when we finish tying up all four corners together! Now fold over one side by bringing it up toward its edge where both sides meet together at right angles forming an X shape before folding over again in half lengthwise making sure each side has equal amounts showing underneath them after being folded back onto themselves so far away from one another as possible."
Irregular sleeping patterns
When you have a newborn baby, the first thing that you need to get used to is their irregular sleeping patterns. They will be waking up in the middle of the night for feedings and changing diapers and this will go on for many months.
When your baby is a newborn, she may only sleep for 3-4 hours at a time before waking up again and this pattern will continue throughout her first year of life. It’s important not to let yourself get discouraged by this because it’s normal! If your baby happens to fall asleep while breastfeeding or bottle-feeding her then don’t wake her up until after she has finished eating (this also applies if she falls asleep while breastfeeding on one side). If she does fall asleep and starts making sucking noises then just keep offering her the nipple until she wakes up enough so that you can see that she has swallowed some milk before switching over to another side if needed – otherwise just keep trying until all four sides are done feeding from both breasts (or all three sides if using bottles).
Making time for yourself
The first few months of being a new mom are difficult. You might feel isolated, which can lead to depression. The best way to combat this is by making time for yourself. You should try not to let your feelings of isolation get the better of you, because it’ll only make things worse! If you do feel isolated or depressed, try these tips:
Make sure that you set aside some time for yourself every day—even if it’s just 5 minutes at first.
Take a bath and light some candles (especially lavender ones).
Listen to music while reading or watching something funny on TV/Netflix/etc., such as Friends reruns or Saturday Night Live clips on YouTube (don’t forget those classics!).
Call up a friend who lives far away so they can talk about their day over the phone with each other and get caught up with what's going on in each other's lives before hanging up again later that night when everyone else has gone home so that we too may enjoy our “me-time."
Breastfeeding is a natural and healthy way to feed your baby. It's the best way of ensuring that your child gets all the nutrients she needs in her first years of life, and it can also help build a special bond between you and your baby.
Breastfeeding is convenient—it's free, it's always at hand, there are no bottles or formula to prepare or buy—and economical: breastfeeding saves thousands of dollars over the course of just one year!
Finally (and this may sound obvious), but breastfeeding can be painful at first because of sore nipples. However, this pain will subside quickly if you take care with positioning and latch-on technique when feeding your baby for the first time; check out these tips for getting started with breastfeeding if you have any concerns about whether or not you'll be able to do so successfully!
Soothing and comfort
You may be wondering what to do when your baby is crying, or you may have been on the receiving end of their tears and are looking for ways to comfort them. If your baby has been crying for a while, it's best to try to figure out why before rushing in. Babies don't cry just for the sake of being loud—they're communicating! The following are some common causes of crying that can help you determine how best to soothe your little one:
Hunger - Latching onto the breast or bottle might be all she needs if she's hungry. You may need some assistance from another adult if you've never breastfed before, but most mothers find breastfeeding easy and instinctual once they get the hang of it.
Wet diaper - If this is likely (the telltale sign being dirty diapers), changing her diaper will likely stop her fussing and crying instantly as soon as she feels dry again.
Tiredness - Your baby may simply need some extra rest time after being awake too long or having been overstimulated by too much input at once (noise, lights). For example: a screaming child at Wal-Mart will likely have exhausted parents nearby who aren't sure what else they can do but stare helplessly at each other while their child continues wailing loudly into infinity until finally someone intervenes with something soothing like "I'm sorry!"
Future development of your baby
We’re all aware that babies are learning through play and communication. But did you know they’re also developing through interaction, movement, exploration and socialization?
In the first 3 years of life, your baby will develop their senses (sight, sound, touch) to help them experience the world around them. They learn to roll over in one month; crawl at two months; walk at 9 months; pull up on furniture at 10 months; say “mama" at 12 months; run across the room by 18 months. You get the idea!
Babies are constantly finding ways to improve their motor skills or hand-eye coordination using whatever is available in their environment: your face when you talk to them or hold their hands while walking along with you.
Feeling isolated from the world because of sleep deprivation
You're not alone in feeling isolated from the world because of sleep deprivation. Being a new parent is hard, and you have to be prepared for some major challenges. You can't do it alone, but you don't have to feel like you are going through this by yourself. You're not the first person to experience these struggles, and there will be plenty of people who will help support you through this journey!
Being at home with a newborn is an exciting time -- but it's also a challenging period full of sleepless nights and long days spent cooing over your little one's every move. In fact, when my son was born I found myself getting emotional about how much harder parenting was than I had expected... and how much more work being a mom entailed than anything else I'd ever done before (and trust me: I've worked!).
Sleep deprivation is a common problem for new parents. It's not uncommon to find yourself waking up hourly to feed or change your baby, then having him or her wake up again several hours later. The first few months are especially rough on all of you—and it's not just because you're adjusting to life as a parent! Your body is also working hard to produce milk every two to three hours and adjust its own circadian rhythm so that it's in synch with your baby's needs.
Sleep-deprived moms often experience depression and anxiety, which can lead to mood swings, fatigue and stress (and the list goes on). If this sounds like you, know that it will get better as your baby gets older...but there are some things you can do now:
Try using nanny cams so that you don't have to go into his room whenever he cries out; instead just check in remotely from another room. This way he won't feel alone when he wakes up at night without Mommy close by. Even if the monitor isn't very high quality yet (which usually means grainy footage), seeing what's happening will help ease any worries about whether something bad might happen while he sleeps unattended for those precious hours between midnight and 5am when most people need their rest most desperately!
If possible move bedrooms closer together so Mommy doesn't have as far trek from one spot - say from his crib location upstairs - down stairs into hers."
The best swaddle for newborn
Best Swaddle for Newborns
You're sure to find the perfect swaddle for your newborn baby. We've found that our customers love our soft stretchy swaddles, which are designed with a velcro closure. This makes them easy to use and adjust, even if you're not an expert at swaddling! Our cotton muslin fabric is soft on sensitive skin, so your baby will be comfortable in this cozy cocoon of warmth. If you want a tighter fit and more security from rolling over, our bamboo swaddles are also very popular.
If your baby is small or premature, we recommend checking out our preemie and micro-gauze options as well. These fabrics are very breathable and have plenty of stretch so they won't constrict their movements or inhibit growth (though please do make sure they have room to grow!). You can also check out our organic cotton option if you prefer organic products without any synthetic materials present whatsoever; this fabric will still provide warmth without being too heavy or restrictive on sensitive skin types like those who have allergies or eczema issues (which is why it's one of our most popular choices).
New mom struggles are normal but can be eased with the right information
Whether you're looking to keep your baby cozy and comfy while they sleep or simply want to use the right swaddle for their age and stage, here are some of our favorite swaddles:
Newborn Swaddle Blanket - This is the best-rated newborn swaddle on Amazon and has over 3,000 reviews! It comes in three sizes (smallest size fits 0-3 months) and two colors (white with blue stripes or gray with pink stripes). The fabric is soft and breathable but also durable enough for years of use. It's machine washable so easy to clean up any messes.
Preemie Swaddle Blanket - This preemie sized blanket is perfect for those tiny newborns who struggle escaping from blankets! It comes in four colors (coral pink stripe, light blue stripe, sage green stripe or charcoal grey stripe). The fabric is lightweight yet extremely soft making it comfortable enough for delicate skin while providing sufficient warmth during cold nights.
Rolling Baby Swaddle Blanket - If your baby likes being held but still needs a little extra warmth at night this rolling baby blanket might be just what you need! It works well as an outer layer since it's made from 100% cotton muslin fabric which allows air flow through its pores without sacrificing warmth by trapping body heat inside like fleece does. Plus it folds easily into itself making storage simple when not being used at night time too!
If you’ve ever been a new mom, then you know how hard it can be to get your life back on track. From adjusting to having another human being depend on you completely, to dealing with post-partum depression or even just learning how to take care of yourself again—there are many struggles that come with being a new parent.
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