Becoming a mother is such an amazing experience. Pregnancy can make you feel so many different emotions from being excited, to anxious and scared all at the same time. The birth of your little one is such a special moment, and those first months there is so much going on. If it is your first child sometimes things can become a bit overwhelming. Here is some advice for all new mothers from one our Top Maternity Nurses who has extensive experience working with many new mothers and their newborn babies:
1. TRY TO SLOW DOWN
Your baby needs a slower pace of life than you are used to and his reactions to your requests are slower than you would expect!
2. STAY CALM WHEN HE CRIES
Take deep breaths and remind yourself that you are not the cause but you have the power to help him to calm himself)
3. TAKE TIME TO OBSERVE YOUR BABY IN ORDER TO ANALYSE AND THEREFORE UNDERSTAND HIM
4. BE PATIENT WITH YOURSELF AND YOUR BABY.
Don’t expect too much of yourself or your baby. You are a learning team. After all, you are both learning a new language and who said learning to speak Japanese is easy?
5. KEEP THINGS SIMPLE
Because babies love and understand simplicity.
6. SYMPATHIZE WITH HIM
Show him that you understand that he is not happy, this allows him to feel understood and soothed. (Mum’s need this too!)
7. CUDDLES, CONTINUITY and COMMUNICATION
These are your baby’s greatest needs.
8. REMEMBER that your baby thinks you are absolutely PERFECT in every way no matter what you do or how you do it! That has to be a reassuring factor, don’t you think?”
Suzy Lane: Maternity nurse, Breastfeeding & Sleep consultant, Specialist Multiples & P.N.D. care
Nanny & Butler – Specialists in Providing Maternity Nurses and Nannies