• Vicki Scott

10 things for new moms to remember to keep spirits high when the going gets tough

  1. Care for yourself as well as your baby. Remember you may be someone’s mommy now, but you’re still you! Make time every day to do something you enjoy.

  2. Never skip breakfast! You’ll find it so much easier to take on tricky days if you’re well nourished. If you really can’t sit down, then grab a banana and a handful of nuts to keep energy levels even. Prepare some lunch ahead of time while your baby’s napping and stay hydrated.

  3. Fresh air. Getting out of the house, even just once every day is great for both your mental and physical well-being. If your baby’s unsettled, a nap in the pram can be just what’s needed so you’ll both benefit.

  4. Grown-up company! Make sure you chat or meet with other adults every day for conversation, company and support. Caring for a new baby can be very isolating, so reach out and enjoy a chat, rather than baby talk!

  5. The power nap. Remember many new moms are tired and often stressed as they get to grips with their new responsibilities. Slow down for a while, take that extra nap when you can or take 20-minutes to read a book and rest up.

  6. Be the future gazer for your family! Look ahead beyond these early days, because the weeks really will fly by. What are your long term aspirations for your family?

  1. Measure your caffeine intake. Having more than your recommended daily dose of caffeinated tea of coffee can lead to irritability and fatigue. Swap out that ‘one cup too many’ for a caffeine-free option. The European Food and Safety Authority recommends 3-5 cups of coffee a day.

  2. Make plans for a special outing. Whether it’s a weekend away or a week-long holiday it’s some quality time you can look forward to as a family. Get away from the routine of daily life; that’s what it’s all about!

  3. Enjoy the nurturing and interacting! Remember your baby will be little for such a short time, but know you’re helping your baby on their journey by providing reassurance, security and roots.

  4. Good job! Above all remember that to your baby, you’re the most important person in the whole world. You’re their mother, teacher, role model, mentor and hero! You’re doing an amazing job!

What’s the best advice you got when the going got tough as a parent? Share your powerful guidance with other moms and dads on the Philips Avent Facebook page.

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