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Motherhood is one of those things that you think you’re ready for, but you never are. You never quite know what it means to be a mom until you actually are one. Fortunately, once you become a mom, you can rest assured that you’re not alone. There are a million other moms out there struggling with the same things you are. Here are 3 Things Every New Mom Should Know.
If it hasn’t happened yet, know that your turn will come. Blowouts happen at the most inconvenient of times. Even if your baby has a completely dry diaper on, somehow, they happen to have a bowel movement that seems impossible coming from such a tiny body. When your little one has a blowout, don’t be embarrassed or upset. Just quickly change your child, stuff those dirty clothes into a Ziploc baggie if you’re out and about, and continue your day. Every mom around you will sympathize because they’ve been there before too.
It’s Okay to Let Your Child Cry in Public
When I first became a mom, I was uncomfortable going out into public. What if my baby cries and won’t stop? What if other shoppers are annoyed that I have a crying baby with me? Don’t let this fear stop you. Babies cry. That’s a fact. You shouldn’t put your life on hold because your baby might cry. Even if a few people around you seem irritated, don’t worry about it because chances are that the other 99% of the people around you know what it’s like and don’t fault you for having an upset baby.
You Need to Multitask
Once your baby is born, don’t feel like you need to devote 100% of your attention to your child. If you only sit there holding your baby, nothing else will get done and you’ll feel completely overwhelmed. Instead, try multitasking. I know that babies like to be held, so if your child refuses to be put down, strap them into a carrier so that your hands are free to do other things. You’ll quickly learn that you can do a million other things while still taking care of your child.
Every mother has been the “new mom” before. We all know what it’s like to feel completely overwhelmed. Instead of letting this keep you down, remember that we have all been there and that you will survive.
Elizabeth Lampman is a coffee-fuelled Mom of 2 girls and lives in Hamilton, Ontario. She enjoys travelling, developing easy recipes, crafting, taking on diy projects, travelling and saving money!