10 things every new mother should know
1) Don’t over stocked on new born diapers
The main different between a new born diapers and the S size diapers are the small hole for the baby’s umbilical cord. The umbilical cord normally will fall down within the first week after your baby was born, some even faster. I remember my daughter’s umbilical cord fall out when she was 4 days old. So you just need like 1 full pack of newborn and you are good to go I would suggest to stock up on S size diapers instead. Then again don’t over stock as baby growth rate are just incredible!
2) Maternity Pad is over rated.
I bought like few packs of maternity pad and end up using only few pieces. The normal period pad for night usage that are longer are far more comfortable n stick on undies better than the maternity pad. I found that the maternity pad in the market are too bulky and tend to make mother felt uncomfortable.
3) Get a GOOD Swaddler
Swaddle are better known as “bedung baby” for malays. It is use to keep your baby felt secured in order to mimic the atmosphere in your womb. New born sleep around 16 hours a day. Make sure your swaddler is big enough and soft enough to provide your newborn a good sleep. Do you know that the traditional way of super tight swaddling from the lower part of the body is not healthy for your baby and there is a posibilities that your baby could suffer from hip dysplasia? Your baby need to have “front-leg” position as it is the ergonomic position for them. Here is a tip, always make sure start from the hip below so not pull your swaddler too tight! You don’t need 30 swaddler… 2-5 is a good number for a high quality swaddler. They will only be using it up to 3-4 months. I love the ergobaby swaddler so much! Since her hand are well secured thanks to the cute arm pockets. Plus the pocket allow her to have her hands in the “hands to heart” position. Another important thing is that, my mind is relax when I know her hip and legs are in healthy position.
4) Baby Apps
Since you are currently curious and overwhelmed with so many new things happening in your body and all the changes. Take your time to get as much info as your could. Download baby apps like baby center, where you can check your baby growth to understand more of what is happening.
5) Learn more about your options
Giving birth is a very beautiful and natural thing. Don’t get panic and scared. When I was pregnant, I have this mentality “If all the other women before me could do this, it means I can do this tooo!” Don’t scare yourself with horror stories told by friends or those you read up online. Every person is unique, everyone have their own story to tell. The best thing to do is to found out more about your giving birth option. Also get as much info about pain killers options (epidural/spinal injection/natural birth). Get as much info on pro/cons and this will make it easier for you to decide.
6) Plan your confinement
After giving birth, you need as much rest and assistance. You will only be assisted in hospital for maximum 3 days and after that you will be on your own taking care of your baby. Plan ahead, check out on confinement care package (like confinement villa, bonda vill.. etc) and if you are lucky enough to have your mother or in laws who will be around to look after you.
7) Get a confinement care set
Expensive doesn’t mean good, sometime stuff can be just overrated. Find out what are your concern and do some research to get the best care set for you. I personally got the “set Bersalin Afiat” cost me around rm89.90 and the “tanamera post natal care set” my friends bough as gift this one costing around RM350. You can check out some of the differences of few post natal care set in my link here : http://www.illyariffin.com/2014/01/perbandingan-set-bersalin-selepas.html
8) Go for Organic/Natural
During my pregnancy I decided not take “processed supplement” and opt for the most natural way to get nutrients. I eat lots and lots of greens and fruits. It is most healthy and cost efficient. If you found yourself waking up middle of the night because of leg cramps, drink more milk. Simple as that. Then again do consult with your doctor as every other person’s body work differently
9) One at a time
Preparing for a newborn can be super costly. As most parents wanted the best for their child. My advice, get one thing at a time. You have 9 months to prepare. Look out for warehouse sale or expo to get the best deal. Not everything need to be bought when baby still in tummy. Certain things like baby cot/shoes/walker can be bought when your baby grows. I bought baby cot when my baby is 3 months. Before that we were co-sleeping as it is so much easier to feed her at night.
10) Breast feeding
If you are committed about breastfeeding your baby, take time to learn as much info about expressing, storage and etc. Get mentally and physically prepared. There are so much info about breastfeeding. Take your time to check out on the different type of breast pump in the market and pick the best that suite your need. As your breastfeeding journey will start the day your baby was born.
All the best, and I hope you found this article useful. Do take note that I am not an expert. I am just sharing tips base on my personal experience hoping that it would help other mothers during their decision making. I can’t help but to realise that we tend to focus more on “having” than “being”. Chill, keep calm and I genuinely hoping that each one for you have a wonderful pregnancy experience and blessed with a beautiful healthy child.
Below is the picture of my Baby Sofea when she was just 2 months plus. P/s: I love her till the sun no longer shine and longer if I could.
If you have more tips that worth to be shared, please leave a comment so other new mothers will benefit from it as well. May your new bundle of joy bring happiness in your life and fill a void in your heart. Take pride in loving and raising your little miracle. I know you will be the best parent you can possibly be.
* I am not paid to write this . This is my personal experience (obviously). As usual, I will test and review products or services regardless of whether they have been sent to me or not with honesty. Unless stated so in the post or marked with an asterisk, all products featured on this blog have been bought with my own hard-earned pennies. I started this blog to give my two pennies worth of thought and have fun along the way and that is exactly how this blog shall remain.