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Having your first baby is like signing up to go on the most unpredictable and exhilarating rollercoaster. It’s exciting, fun, nerve wrecking, and at times you will wonder why you would sign up for such an adventure. While every child, parent, and situation is completely different, there are a handful of tips that can help your transition into the wild ride of motherhood a bit less crazy.
Forgo the changing table, you won’t need it
All of the baby gear out there is incredibly shiny and new looking and, when you become pregnant, you are inundated with ads and family telling you that you need it all. A changing table is not one of those things, though. You will change your little babe on the couch, on the floor, in their bed, and just about everywhere in between. Use the money you save on not buying a changing table on all of the diapers you will absolutely need.
Take the stress out of breastfeeding and trust your body
If you are choosing to breastfeed, you have to realize that your journey will not be the same as the next mom. Trust your body and your instincts when it comes to breastfeeding. This means feed your baby when they are hungry and your body will produce the milk it knows you need. Of course there are factors that can affect this but stressing about it won’t help. Eat plenty of food, drink plenty of water, nurse on demand for the first couple of weeks, and trust your body.
Give your baby something to remember you by
When your baby is still tiny, they rely heavily on your scent in the bonding process. If your little one is especially clingy and wakes up as soon as you put them down, lay an item of clothing near them (not close enough to harm them of course) so that they can enjoy your mommy scent and you can enjoy some much needed rest on your own.
If you are away from your kiddo, pump during their feeding times
If you are a working mom or are taking a day trip and your baby is not tagging along, pump at the same times that he eats to communicate to your body that you still need to produce the same amount of milk. Our bodies work on a supply and demand system. Breastfeeding moms need to make sure that their bodies know that there is a demand so that the body can produce the supply continuously.
Make your baby food because it’s easy
To make baby food, all you need is the food you already like with a few exceptions like eggs and a splash of breast milk or formula and a blender. Purchasing baby food is completely unnecessary. Start off with a few vegetables and fruits. As time goes on, you will be a master baby food chef and be able to blend up all sorts of delicious creations that your baby will love. Pour your mixtures into ice trays to freeze and save for later. The standard ice tray size is perfect for your little one’s meal times.
The most important hack is to remember that every mother to ever live was a first time mom. We all make mistakes and learn from them. These hacks, among many more that you will learn on your own, will help keep you sane.
By Latifah Miles, MINI+ME contributor