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Being a new mom can be overwhelming, especially during your baby’s first year! Don’t worry, though, we’re here to help with these five tips for first-time moms from an experienced mom!
From post-partum recovery, adjusting to a new sleep schedule (or lack thereof!) to learning to recognize your baby’s cries and wants, the first year is a struggle for even the strongest of women. To help make baby’s first year a memorable one for you and baby, we partnered with Church & Dwight to bring you five must-know tips to get you through the first milestones with ease!
5 Tips to Surviving Your Baby’s First Year
1. Take a Postnatal Vitamin
Feel like you’re walking around in a constant state of exhaustion? You’re not alone! Most new moms feel that way, too! Eating well can be tough when caring for a newborn, so taking a postnatal vitamin can fill in any nutritional gaps and help give you and baby what you need when nursing. First Response Prenatal & Postnatal Gummy Multivitamins are a go-to. They come in an easy to take gummy format – perfect for pregnancy and beyond to provide calcium, and other essential nutrients, like B vitamins and folate.
2. Recognize and Treat a Gassy Tummy
Babies can be quite gassy, passing gas more than 20 times a day! With plenty of opportunity to swallow air whenever they feed, or suck on a pacifier and cry, it can be challenging to prevent gas buildup. But keeping the baby’s head higher than its stomach when feeding, and burping them often can help minimize it. Using a slow flow nipple if bottle feeding or working it out through a gentle massage also works, but in a pinch, try Ovol Drops. They provide gentle and fast relief of colic, bloating or gas by helping to break up gas bubbles that causes the discomfort. You should only use Ovol Drops on the advice of a doctor.
3. Baby’s first tooth? Ensure a good sleep for you and baby
Did you know that babies can start teething as early as 3 months? It’s true! My son was an early teether, which was a HUGE surprise because he was a preemie. Teething causes discomfort and disrupted sleep for both mom and baby. A trick I swear by is Baby Orajel Homeopathic Teething Gel. With the soothing power of Chamomile, this teething gel offers safe, effective and naturally-derived medicinal ingredients for your baby to treat you both to a full night’s rest.
4. Give new moms the support they need
Being exhausted and a teething or gassy baby are all things new moms struggle with but don’t mind admitting to or talking about, but what about those unspoken issues that you’d rather keep to yourself, things like, um, postpartum hemorrhoids?
Did you know that around 25 per cent of women who develop hemorrhoids after giving birth still have them at six months postpartum? Although it may be embarrassing, that doesn’t mean that you should suffer in silence since there are things you can do to help you relieve the symptoms.
TIP: Try applying an ice pack (with a soft covering) to the affected area several times a day or soak your bottom for 10 to 15 minutes in a warm and relaxing bath to decrease swelling and discomfort. You can also try an over-the-counter medication such as Anusol Plus* ointment or suppositories to soothe and ease the burning sensation, and help reduce the swelling of hemorrhoid tissue. Anusol Plus* even has an anesthetic to help provide that extra pain relief over other over-the-counter treatments. It’s important to note that you should always consult your doctor or pharmacist before using Anusol products. Moms must unite, so next time you meet a new mom, don’t be afraid to have those real conversations and share some of these tips – I’m sure they’ll thank you for it.
5. Give yourself some “me” time!
It’s hard during your baby’s first year to find time to take a shower, let alone schedule in a whole afternoon of “me” time. You don’t have to go to a fancy spa or leave your baby with a sitter to give yourself a little break, though. Steal little moments throughout the day and treat yourself to something special. It takes less than five minutes to order yourself some flowers or a divine new pillow to help you make the most of the sleep you are getting. While everyone says you should sleep when your baby sleeps, you could also load up the DVR and spend one hour a day (42 minutes if you fast-forward commercials!) catching up on your favorite guilty pleasure. “Me time” doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated, it just has to make you happy!
Most of all, enjoy all the milestones that come along with baby’s first year. Yes, it’s definitely a challenging year. You’ll be frazzled and tired most of the time, but make sure you take a moment each night to reflect on the wondrous joys of being a new mom.
What advice can you offer new moms to help make baby’s first year a little less stressful? Tell us below
*Always consult your doctor or pharmacist before use