10 Survival Tips for New Moms and Dads

  1. Don’t expect your baby to do what the baby books say she should be doing.
  2. Don’t expect him to sleep through the night. If he does, that’s fabulous, but many babies don’t.
  3. Don’t judge or criticize your own mothering. Just do the best you can.
  4. Hand your baby over to someone you trust for a while if you are feeling as though you are reaching your limit.
  5. Allow yourself some time away from your baby, as long as he is left in the care of a responsible, loving adult.
  6. Do everything you can to get enough rest and sleep.
  7. Spend time with other moms who have babies.
  8. Get as much support as you can from your partner, your friends and family.
  9. If you are single, you need extra support so use whatever support is offered to you..
  10. Consult a ‘Babies in Mind’ practitioner or a mental health professional if you are struggling emotionally with yourself and/or your baby during this time or if you feel you may be depressed or anxious.

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  1. Karen Kallmann

    I love the first one! The baby books can cause such anxiety especially because you sometimes really don’t have a clue about what your baby really needs or wants and that is your only source of reference!

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