Being a mom could be considered one of the most exciting things in the world. You give birth to a baby, raising him or her and having a lot of good times together.
However, it is not easy doing anything for the first time, especially being a new mom. You have a baby who depends all of his or her life on you. You always need to take care of everything that you normally do before you have the baby.
There are sure many obstacles that might come in your way. One of the most effective methods to deal with them is preparing beforehand. It is very important that you can identify the problems and plan out what you can do with them so that when you face them in reality, you already know what you have to do.
Here are some of the most common problems you may encounter for the first year as a new mom:
1/ Breastfeeding Does Not Come Easily
As you have seen in many adverts and parent books, breastfeeding may come naturally. The truth is not as sweet as you think. In fact, there are many problems that might come with breastfeeding.
For example, you don’t have enough milk for your baby. Your baby cannot suck anything out. There are also many problems with your breast such as sore and pain.
The most important thing that you need to remember to ensure that you have enough source of milk for your baby is feeding him within a 2 hour period since the time you gave birth. Also feed him whenever you think he needs to.
When you baby does not seem like he can suck out anything, check the latching. Make sure you hold him in the right position so that his mouth can cover the nipple entirely. With good latching, you can hear he makes a good sucking sound. In addition, you will feel no pain or discomfort in your breast areas.
You should breastfeed your baby for at least 6 first months of his life. Breast milk brings many good elements to support his immune system. Also this will help increase the bond with you and your baby. Another benefit is that it helps you to lose weight quickly.
2/ You Spend Less Time for Yourself
Now you have a baby to look after, there is less time for yourself. All of the baby’s activities will require your participation and attention such as eating and playing. For some baby, they cannot even sleep without their moms being around.
You should expect that now there is no privacy for you. Whenever you go, you have to bring your baby with you.
You should prepare for yourself a child care plan. Know who you could ask for to take care of your baby when you have to go out.
Another thing is mentally prepare for this situation. You should think positively about this issue.
Being with your baby all the time will create a strong bond with you and your baby. Furthermore, you can take him to the park, the gym or the playing field so you and your baby both have a good time.
Lastly, you should remember that the first 3 years of your baby’s life is the most important times with many changes and milestones, which you sure don’t want to miss it.
3/ There Is A Little of Sleep
Besides having a little time for yourself, you might find it hard to have good and enough sleep. In the first few months, your baby will need to be fed several times during days and night. Some baby cannot tell between daytime and night time and tend to stay awake at night.
Therefore, you should take a nap whenever your baby goes to sleep. Gradually, when he can sleep for a longer time, you can also rest well to.
It is also very important that you can train your baby to sleep throughout the night. You should do sleep training as soon as possible. It is very hard when your baby gets older.
You should let your baby sleep alone in a quiet dark room. You may turn on some white noise so that your baby can go to sleep easily.
Sooner or later when your baby goes to kindergarten, you can have more time for yourself.
Here are 3 most common problems you may encounter for the first years as your mom. You should know about these problems in order to prepare better both mentally and physically.
I hope that with these tips, you will soon find out that being a mom is not that difficult and could be the best job you could ever get.