Things Every New Mum Should Know

For new mums, there are some things you will find new, scary and downright frightening.  However, with just the right tips, you will find yourself being an expert on motherhood and babies.

Do not be bothered if you do not have anyone to stay with you after birth. You can handle it and there is nothing to worry about.

Below are some tips to help you

1. Stall the Visitors

Family and friends will want to visit as soon as possible, but you may want to keep them at bay for a bit so that you and your partner can spend time alone with your baby.

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Because a newborn is usually alert and receptive immediately after birth, it’s the perfect time to bond, so look him in the eyes and talk to him. He knows your voice from being in your body and may find it soothing.

2. Dress Your Baby Right

A pretty going-home outfit is irresistible, but remember that babies cannot regulate their body temperature until they’re about 6 months old. So dress your newborn carefully. Generally, he should wear the same amount of clothing as you, indoors or outdoors.

3. Know How to Use the Car Seat

A few weeks before your due date, Ask your partner to bring the seat to your hospital room when it’s time to go home. The basics practically are- if your baby has too many clothes on, the harness may not fit properly.

If it’s cold out, put your baby in the seat first, buckle him in, then place blankets on top. The harness must be snug against the hips and shoulders.

The chest clip should be level with your baby’s armpits. The seat must be installed at a 45-degree angle so that the baby is semi-reclining; his head must not flop forward. Once the seat is installed, push on it hard. It shouldn’t move more than an inch in any direction.

4. Teach your baby to latch

Your baby needs to have a deep latch in order to get enough milk and to prevent your nipples from becoming damaged and sore. Before you put him to your breast, position him on his side so that his belly is right up against yours. Then tickle his mouth with your nipple to encourage him to open wide; make sure he takes the entire nipple and a good portion of your areola in his mouth.

5. It is okay to get frustrated

It’s okay if you get frustrated with your baby in the middle of the night when he or she won’t go back to sleep. This doesn’t mean that you don’t love your baby or that you are a terrible mother. One thing needs to be clear: Don’t act on that frustration and if need be wake your partner up to take over. Sleep deprivation is a form of torture in some prisoner of war scenarios.

6. Labor hurts when it’s over

Whether you had a vaginal delivery or a c-section, you need to let your body heal so don’t be shocked if getting in and out of bed or up from a chair is a major feat of accomplishment.