When I learned I was going to become a mom for the first time, I did what I always do when I am learning something new; I talked to every mom I knew to pick their brain and read lots of articles. I will admit that there was still a steep learning curve but the articles and conversations helped a lot. At the end of the day my husband and I knew how to take care of a baby; we just had to learn how to take care of our baby and readjust to our new normal. In an effort to help any new moms (or moms in general), I have put together a few articles that I thought might help you. If you are already a mom, perhaps you will enjoy reminiscing or will join me on social media as we would love to hear your thoughts.
1. 20 Reasons You Should Hire a Doula
I had the privilege of having a doula at both of my births so I can say first hand how incredible they are. I didn't know any better so I didn't realize until later how unusual my birth experience was. While I wouldn't say that labour was "fun", I would say I had a good labour. Once I started talking to other moms, I realized how supported and wonderful my labour really was. Not without complications with each being polar opposites (one fast, one slow), I still had a great experience that I really attribute to having my amazing doula. Jordan was unbelievable and really helped make things easy. Now that I know what I do I can't say enough about doula's. They are a game changer and worth every penny. Here are 20 reasons why.
2. Must Have Items For New Moms
If you are pregnant or just had a baby then this is an article I recommend that you read. Full disclaimer, I wrote it. I was tired of reading all these ridiculous posts about what you needed to have that including things like wipe warmers or $2000 strollers. No judgment from me at all if you have them and for some kids perhaps they are necessary; however, all I wanted was a list of practical items that I would need outside of the clothes, car seat and nursing items. My list isn't perfect but four years later I still stand by it. If you are a mom, I would love you to add your practical items to the comments so that we can all help future moms know what they might actually require. Read article
3. 10 Secrets Second-Time Moms Should Know
If you are having a second baby, this is a great article to read. We tried many of these strategies ourselves and they worked well. Just remember that a new normal will happen, you just have to be patient at the beginning as everyone adjusts. Check it out
4.10 Things I Learned From My Mom
Here is another blog that I wrote back in 2018 and I have to say I am pretty proud of it. Who is better to teach us to be amazing moms, than some of the amazing moms that we know? My mom taught me so many things, many of which I am trying to teach my own kids. I would love to hear what you learned from your mom. Check it out
5. 10 Fun Things To Do With Your Newborn Baby
When I first brought Thea home from the hospital it was a blur of feedings, visitors and diaper changes. Then things calmed down and I was suddenly faced with a brand new reality, one where I wasn't working, no adults were around and I had a tiny human that was counting on me. It was a lonely existence but also an amazing time to interact with my baby. We developed our own little routines and spend lots of time outside the house. This is a great list of things that you can do with your baby if you are looking for ideas. Check it out.
6. How to Host An Amazing BBQ
This article might seem a bit funny to talk about during our babies month but as June 20th marks the first day of summer we just had to share this one. There are some great articles in here about setting your backyard up for kids so if you are an overachiever like me you could get started on them now. Read Article
7. 10 Things I Learned From My Dad
Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there. I think I have a pretty awesome dad and have learned so much from him! Here are just 10 of the things I have learned. If you are a new dad or a dad to be, here are some things that you can pass along to your little ones. Check it out.
8. Babyproof Your Sanity: 6 Tips for New Parents
My husband and I both had a lot of experience with babies so when we brought our first home we were probably as prepared as we could be. Breastfeeding was a little tougher than expected but things like dressing baby and diaper changes were not new. Where we struggled was adjusting to our new normal. It was absolutely insane how little sleep we got at the beginning and this makes everything seem harder. It is so important to take time for yourself and your spouse. Believe it or not, there is a life outside parenthood! This is a great article that I would suggest following their advice. Check it out.
We hope you enjoyed these articles as much as we did. Have you check out the new items that we got in this month? Check it out