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How to prepare to be a first time mom before looking into your baby's eyes.

How To Prepare To Be a First Time Mom

In the months before becoming a first time mom, you’ll hear dozens of opinions on what you need to buy and what you can do without. Most often, the advice will be conflicting and for good reason. No two babies are the same, nor are the needs of the parents. In my experience, you don’t need to spend a ton on your first child, but there are a few staples you’ll want to splurge on.

Whether you’re in a walk-friendly city or a rural “driving is the only option” neighborhood, a safe car seat is a must. As a first time mom you’ll need one to take your newborn home, especially if you are birthing at a hospital. The car seat is one thing you’ll want to buy new. Even my carless cycling friends have a car seat for their Bakfiets Cargo Bike to keep their daughter safe on the roads.

A safe place to sleep is important whether you’re planning to put your newborn in their own room right away or keep them near your side for several months. Buying a new crib that is up to current safety standards is a must, but it doesn’t have to break the bank. Cribs come in all sizes and styles, as well as budgets. In addition, if you plan to keep your baby nearby, invest in a quality bassinet, rock-n-play sleeper, or co-sleeper.

If you plan to breastfeed as a first time mom, you won’t need a ton of feeding supplies right away. If you want to splurge, look into a high quality breast pump that is comfortable to use. If you aren’t planning to breastfeed, invest in a few different types of BPA free bottles. Newborns may be picky with how they feed. Instead of buying one kit, pick-up a few individual bottles until you find what works best.

You can save on pretty much on everything else! What you should think about is how your family operates. Will you be walking a lot? Then maybe a higher quality long lasting stroller may be a good investment. If you’ll be traveling, you might want to look at items that support simple travel, such as formula dispensers. These can save a lot of headaches when you are out for hours each day.

Second-hand items that work for most babies include strollers, swings, high-chairs, booster seats, and toys for older babies and toddlers. Luckily, children’s clothing is less expensive than it used to be, so if you don’t have a friend who can give you hand-me-downs, you can hit the sales racks and make out pretty well.

In the first few months, you really don’t need as much as the ads and magazines will tell you. Keep it simple and save your funds until your newborn is a few months old and you’ve gotten to know their needs a little bit better.

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breastfeeding the first week

Breastfeeding the First Week: A Complete Guide

It’s the most natural thing in the world to nurse your newborn baby. That being said, you would think that it would be easy. But breastfeeding the first week can be a painful and difficult time for a new mother. If you are finding breastfeeding the first week tough and are wondering if there is something wrong then don’t. The struggles you are going through are completely normal. Here we try to give you a basic guide to breastfeeding in the first week.

First off, don’t panic if it doesn’t come as naturally as you had hoped. Most mothers find it hard and have to practice and persevere until they get the hang of it. At the very beginning it is always best to have a trained person to watch and provide skilled help and support for both you and your baby. You can get this support from a midwife or a breastfeeding counselor. Making sure you get the first few feeds right is imperative to building your confidence as a first-time mother – no matter how difficult it may seem. In the early days of breastfeeding, while you are still trying to get the hang of it, creating the right atmosphere is of utmost importance. Make sure you are in a comfortable position with everything you need within arms reach – be that a snack, your cell phone, or the TV remote. It’s also important when you are breastfeeding during the first week to remember that some pain is normal and will pass. The breast engorgement period normally kicks in when your baby is around four days old – this is when breasts can become large and painful. Again, this normal and will pass so try not to stress over it. A quick tip to help the pain is to massage your breasts to soften them or try releasing a little milk using your thumb and finger.

Latching on is the term used for getting your baby attached to your breast and is so important when breastfeeding during the first week. Holding the baby in the correct position is key to making sure you don’t get arm or back aches. Ask your healthcare professional to ensure you are positioning your little one properly in order to let them correctly latch on and look up guides and instructions online if you are still struggling. When back at home, make sure you have plenty of cushions to keep you comfortable so you can try to stay relaxed. Things will be much easier if you are calm and don’t get frustrated. When you are breastfeeding in the first week you will probably be overwhelmed by how time consuming it is. But sometimes worry and stress can be the causes of problems with breastfeeding, especially during the first week. If you are feeling particularly anxious you should talk to someone.

Breastfeeding whenever the baby is hungry may be tiring, but it is the best thing for your baby and particularly important during the first week. Frequent feeding will help to build up your milk flow and the more practice you get during the first week, the quicker you will both get the hang of it. During the first week of breastfeeding it’s important that you learn how to read your baby. Your baby will give you little signals, known as early feeding cues, such as sucking their fists, licking their lips or wriggling around and opening their mouth searching for your breast. Looking out and responding to these cues is important because the sooner you respond to them, the less frustrated your child will be between feedings.

The most important period in establishing a breastfeeding routine is during the first week so remember that you are both learning and that you are in this together as a team. Don’t be disheartened if you don’t feel like you are getting it as quickly as you should. And remember that you will both get there in the end. 

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