(BPT) -From feeding to diaper changing, new moms and dads are flooded with informationtolearnand decisionsto makefor theirnew bundlesof joy.A recent survey conducted by Harris Interactive found thatnearly 75 percent of moms plan to return to work post-maternity leave. What many new momsmay not yet fullyrealize is that becoming a mother is a full time job inand ofitself.Like any profession, new moms deserve training, breaks and lots of support!
Tammy Gold, parentingexpertand author of the new book“Secrets of the Nanny Whisperer,”sharessome easytipsmotherscan useto help ease the transitionintotheirnew parenting role:
Fill yourself up
“No mother can give 100 percent of herself, 100 percent of the time, to her children or her partner,” Gold says.“Mom needsto remember what makesherwhoshe isand whatshe needsemotionally and physically to live a complete life.”
Filling yourself up can come from work, volunteering, taking classes, joining online groups, being in a book club, reading, hiking, walking or working out. Do whatever it takes to “fill you up” emotionally, mentally and physically– apart from your children and family. Remember:happymommy equals ahappybaby!
Crack the crying code
When your baby cries, it can frustrateyou,prevent you from sleeping, or evenmake youfeel like crying yourself.Figuringout why your newborn is crying can ease a lot of stress.
The main causes forinfant cryingtypically includeadirty diaper, hunger,fatigueorbeingtoo hot. However, if these are not the issues, your baby could be suffering fromgas, colic or reflux.Switching to the rightbabyformula or modifying yourowndiet if breastfeeding can fixalltheseissues.
If you’re formula feeding, try switching your baby’s formula to a “sensitive” or “gentle”type formula.These formulas have less lactose and canhelp to reduce gas and colic.Remember: theFood and Drug Administration(FDA)strictly regulates infant formula to keep all babies safe.So,StoreBrandFormulas like Wal-Mart’s Parent’s Choice and Target’s Up & Up are nutritionally equivalent to name brands like Enfamil and Similac. By switching to store brands,families can save up to 50 percent, or up to$600 dollars a year, which can certainly help with mom’s stress level.
“You are thebestmother to your children,” Gold says.“It does not matter which moms work full time orwhich momsstay at hometorunthe‘perfect’home. Your children do not care what‘other moms’can manage or complete;they only care about you.”
Believe in yourself and know that you are the best mother to your children.Be aware of the advice ofothers, but always trust yourowngut,because you knowwhat is best for yourownchildren.
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