Being a new mama is wonderful, exciting and cool. Okay, maybe sometimes… But really, it is the scariest feeling in the world to be responsible for a fragile newborn.
When I brought my brand new boo home, I didn’t have a clue what I was doing. I babysat rugrats but never a newborn. Sure, I read some baby books and took a CPR class but I felt highly unqualified to be joining the ranks of motherhood.
Mother Finast would say “you a great mother, baby girl” and give me a wink. All I wanted to do was to scream at the top of my lungs “I am an inadequate idiot!” I always felt not good enough.
If you’re a new mom reading this, please know you are an amazing mom. No matter what you are thinking of yourself now, a mature mother is emerging within you. I urge you to keep reading all the books and articles you can get your hands on. Knowledge can help with confidence.
The best confidence booster is just spending time with your cuddly newborn. It does get easier and by baby number two, you will have this mothering thing down. Not saying there won’t be challenging days but you will become a wiser.
I am telling you that it’s okay if you bump the car carrier getting out because your little boo won’t break. It’s okay if you’re trying to lay him down and he starts wailing. It’s really okay if you just can’t handle the screaming and you gently lay him in his crib, shut the door and go outside for a good cry.
Being a new mom is tough, boring and irritating sometimes and it’s okay to feel that way. Regroup; call your Auntie, girlfriend or your mom for guidance then open up the baby’s bedroom door and find your little angel just needed a nap. I know this is scary but you are a great mom.
Every mama needs a helping hand and a newborn baby checklist at your fingertips wouldn’t be a bad idea either. Getting ready to welcome your first newborn? Equipping yourself with a newborn baby checklist should be a priority. As long as you have all the essentials, your new arrival will have all their needs met.
My first pregnancy was a bit like watching a twisted edition of The Cosby Show. I wish someone would’ve handed me a newborn baby checklist. Since I already did all the hard work, here’s a handy newborn baby checklist of your own.
1. Diapers are a must. Whether you chose cloth or disposable, newborns go through them at warp speed. Expect to go through 10 or more a day! If using disposable diapers, always have different weight size packages.
Also read: Diapering: Step by Step
2. Olive oil in your kitchen cupboard can be used for protecting a newborn baby’s delicate skin when diapering and used as an after bath rub. Get a bottle just for baby purposes only.
3. A wash cloth is extremely handy. It makes a great burping towel, cleans up everything easily, washable and reusable. Get a bundle package at least.
4. Breastfeeding is best. Try to be careful of the foods you eat because it affects baby’s bowls. Get plenty of breast pads and a breastfeeding bra and your set.
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5. One piece baby clothes. They are definitely the best invention, ever! Makes a new mom’s life easier and does the job of clothing your boo.
6. Schedule babysitters in advance. This may sound silly but you will thank me later. Allow your Aunties and anyone else capable to watch your newborn for couple hours at least 4 times a week. You need to relax and revive yourself so you can be a capable mother.
These six tips are the bare bones of what you need to welcome your new baby home. No newborn baby checklist would be complete without adding one more tip: common sense. Understand that you are a great mom and your newborn will survive. All moms worry if they are doing everything right. Chances are you will forget to sterilize a bottle or run out of diapers but your newborn baby still has what is most essential… you.
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