33 Tips for New Moms from Real Moms

The day I became a mom was a day that will never be forgotten. It’s a love that I’ve never experienced & Jolene quickly became my whole world.

However – Some days; I was just trying to keep her alive. Being a mom is hard, You are going to make mistakes. I make them daily.

In this article; I’m sharing some great tips from Moms just like you!

I have 33 of the best parenting tips from real moms below (arranged by categories.

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Parenting tips for New Moms

I’ve compiled some of the best tips for new moms from women who have been there; done that. 

My Tip: Be ready early. You never know when baby is going to come && you need to be prepared months in advance. JJ came 6 weeks early. I didn’t have my hospital bagged packed; I wasn’t ready. Everything turned out okay – but next time, I plan to be ready at least 2 months in advance. Oh – && SLEEP like you are never going to be able to sleep again! 

Saima || A Super Tired Mom

Motherhood is not always lovely – When I became a mother, I assumed, I had to love every moment. The dirty diapers, late night crying, vomits, hospital visits, hurting stitches and depression! I did not love it. I felt I did not deserve to be a mother, because we read this in books and everyone tells us that we have to love the motherhood. But nobody tells us that we can love and hate it at the same time. I learned this with time and I want to give this advice to every new mom that most time of parenthood actually sucks. You learn to love it. But if you hate it, you are not alien, you are human and you are allowed to hate it. Let yourself be okay with it.

www.asupertiredmom.com

Kealy || Little Bear Care

Kealy has written a blog post about the power of saying “no”. How the world has to revolve around them at first when they are born but there comes a time where they need to start learning responsibility and to prepare them for adulthood! So it’s okay to start telling them no. 

littlebearcare.com/vitamin-n/

Jessica || House of Hensen 

To remember that everything is probably just a phase. By the time you research and stress over a current challenge – it’s probably already over and there is something new going on. Just try not to stress and worry as it will pass!

www.houseofhensen.com

Rachel || Moving on in Real Life

Make a sleep schedule and stick to it. 9 years later I have amazing sleepers and I don’t regret the early days of (sometimes) inconvenience of keeping sleep schedules.

movingoninreallife.com

Parent tips for Baby 

At this point; you are completely over being a new mom. The learning curve is quick; real quick. You aren’t getting any sleep, and life is just kind of on a repeating circle of events. Don’t worry – this time will pass. Your baby is most likely sleeping all day long – and staying up all night long. Sleep every time your baby is asleep. This isn’t the time to clean your house (or even yourself). Having a baby is exhausting, but they are surprisingly easy. You are just tired because you don’t get to sleep. 

My parent tip for moms with babies: Get help whenever you can. I’m not saying a baby-sitter because I didn’t leave JJ with a babysitter for a really, really long time. But have someone come over to hold your baby – so you can take a shower and have just a little time to yourself (in the same house as baby!). 

Bhushavali || My Travelougue

Babywearing! It’s a lifesevah… 

www.travel.bhushavali.com 

Holly || Simplify Create Inspire

Don’t set yourself unrealistic expectations, especially with a new baby! If that means the housework doesn’t get done, it’s okay because your mental health and your child’s needs are priority over unfolded laundry!

Simplifycreateinspire.com

Sophie || Lifestyle Queensland

Don’t just pack a spare outfit for the kids. Throw a clean shirt for yourself in the nappy bag as well – baby sick and poo explosions on your shirt can make for an embarrassing first impression. I speak from personal experience! 

lifestylequeensland.com.au

Heather || Embracing Chaos with Love

Try not to compare! Don’t compare yourself to other parents, your baby to other babies, or your baby to their sibling. It will only lead to mom guilt about something. Just know that every baby is different and reach their milestones at different times. You as a parent are doing your best with your baby and just because something didn’t work the way it did with another family doesn’t mean you are doing anything wrong. Try something else and adapt, you will find something that works for your baby. 

https://www.embracingchaoswithlove.com

Mamma bear Finance

My best tip for new moms to consider is to use cloth diapers. There are so many benefits including cost savings, environmentally friendly and they are better for the baby skin. After a year of using cloth diapers for my baby, I really recommend them.

mamabearfinance.com

Parent tips for Toddlers

Toddlers and Preschoolers are a whole different kind of ball game. These tips for preschoolers and toddlers are super helpful. JJ is currently growing out of the toddler stage and into the preschool stage. She’ll actually start preschool next school year at my school! I’m super excited to have her on campus! 

My tips for young kids: Be the role model. Your toddler is going to copy everything that you do. If you scream when you are upset; so will they. If you say bad words (so will they). JJ is constantly saying “Damn it” right now. We need to show them how to show respect by being respectful. Show them how to be kind; by being kind. Model every behavior that you want your child to show. 

Allison || Proud Happy Mama

Double layer your child’s bed with a mattress protector, then a sheet, then another mattress protector and a sheet. That way if you need to change their bedding in the middle of the night i.e. they were sick or wet the bed, you just need to remove the one set of sheet and mattress protector combo and the bed is still made underneath. It means minimal disruption so everyone can get back to sleep that much quicker.

Proudhappymama.com

Raimonda || Cosmo Mum

Raising small children is hard job so whenever you can, accept help from friends and family and if you can afford, get paid help, like a cleaner or baby sitter too.

https://www.cosmomum.co.uk

Audrey || Two Pink Peonies

My best tip is to always make sure your kids are hydrated and fed. Little kids, especially toddlers get hangry and then out of control. It seems simple but sometimes in the chaos of things, we forget that their tummies are so much smaller than ours! I always pack way more water than I think we’ll need just in case and keep snacks in my diaper bag.

https://www.twopinkpeonies.com/

Angela || Fry, Party of Five

Take a pizza cutter with you every time you go out to eat while they’re toddlers to quickly and easily cut up their food! 

Frypartyoffive.com

Gentle Parenting Tips for New Moms 

I wasn’t surprised when many of the tips moms were giving me are gentle parenting tips. I recently wrote an entire blog post on gentle parenting & wholeheartedly believe it’s the way to go. These tips completely coincide with my thinking. They are such great tips, I’m not even going to add one of my own. 

Alexis || Mamma in Pearls

Behavior is communication. Look beyond the behavior and see the small person you love so deeply who is struggling and needs your help. Then your discipline will be about learning and teaching your child rather than punishment.

www.mammainpearls.com

Jen || Jen Bradley Moms

One way to help your toddler is to say NO less. Instead, try to tell your toddler what he CAN do. Only telling him what he can’t do isn’t that helpful, because he receives no direction about what IS acceptable.

Instead of only saying, “No we can’t get out the play dough right now,” add a simple example of what would be okay for him to do. For example, “No, we can’t get out the play dough right now, but you CAN get out your trains and build a track.”

This tactic creates acceptable options for your toddler to choose from, which is very empowering to him.

jenbradleymoms.com

Maria || Parent on Board

Raise the child that is in front of you, not the one you hoped they would be. Your real child may not match your dream child and you need to adjust for that. Guide them and let them be the best version of themselves, not a version that you made up in your head. Do not live vicariously through your children.

parentonboard.com

Ally || The Afternoon Connection

Always remember, children have bad days too! We can’t expect them to be happy and compliant every day. It’s an unrealistic expectation. Try and remember that we all have days when we’re not feeling our best! Lots of grace and patience will come in handy on those days. 

Www.theafternoonconnection.com

Gloria || A Healthy Glo

My best parenting tip is to give yourself grace so that you can give your children grace. Forgive yourself, love the imperfections, and enjoy the messiness. Every day is another opportunity to start again!

www.ahealthyglo.com

Anonymous

Make sure your child feels comfortable coming to you with important questions and to admit when they’ve made mistakes. We never react with punishments when our daughter has made genuine mistakes, and we stress the importance of her coming to us with questions when she hears things at school. She will be a teenager next year and we are so glad she feels like she can talk to us when she needs to.

Heather || Embracing Chaos with Love

My best tip is when your kids are in a meltdown try your best to remain calm. This is the time when they need to see you calm. Get down to their level and let them know you are there for them. Give them assurance that their big emotions are okay and help them to recognize why they are so upset. Young kids are still unsure how to express their emotions and we need to teach our children a healthy way to show them. 

https://embracingchaoswithlove.com

Practical Tips for New Moms

The following tips are those practical tips that really work. They are the ones that we wish we would have known with our first child that we will be doing with the rest! You can find a whole bunch of other practical tips over on this article by [find post].

My practical tip for moms: Use screen time to your advantage. I do not think that screen time is bad at all. I believe it helps children learn and develop their personalities. When I need some quiet time, I give JJ her iPad and I take a break. 

Emma || Wanderlust and Wet Wipes

Trust your instincts!!! You know your kids best and you know what will work best for you and your family.

https://www.wanderlustandwetwipes.com

Stephanie || Oklahoma Wonders

Grocery delivery will change your life! If you can eliminate unnecessary errands you can spend more time enjoying your young babies.

Https://oklahomawonders.com

Shampoo and Conditioner Bars

Just add water! When kids are grumpy and no one is coping, just add water. A drink of water, wash hands with water, water play, a long bath with toys or a trip to a stream, lake or beach. Find the closest water source, and work with that. Works every time.

 www.shampooandconditionerbars.com

Lauren || A little of Lauren

My best parenting tip is to let go of the idea you have complete control. From the moment you conceive so many things become uncontrollable. We are so used to being in control of our own behaviors, what we eat, and how we react and it is only natural for us to want to control those things with our children. But children will not always do those things the way we want them to and our child will grow up to be their own person. With a lot of love, guidance and acceptance they will turn out just fine and be who they were always meant to be!

alittleoflauren.com

Tamara || Mamma Tribe

1. Soak up every bit of their littleness because the hardest part is seeing them grow to need you less and less
2. You are enough every bit of enough
3. Hug and kiss them every day and tell them you love them every day
4. Don’t try to entertain them every second let them to explore get bored and create even as babies
5. Embrace the chaos the crazy because it will pass
6.Always have popsicles and frozen chicken nugget in your fridge
7. Teach them early to clean up and pick up
8. Have a Dance party with them every day
9. Don’t sweat the messes
10. Take them to the park on a bike ride. Play tag with them, baseball soccer. Join their world ever so often even if it’s for 5mins!

https://mamma-tribe.com

Ashley || The Labouring Mom

My best parenting tip is: try and live in the moment. It’s so easy to get caught up on all the milestones and be focused on making sure they meet it. The first year goes by in the blink of an eye. Let them be little, enjoy them right now and they will hit those milestones when they are ready too.

https://thelabouringmom.com

Erin || Slow Green Living

Instill eco-friendly habits in your kids. Teach them how to plant a garden, compost, reduce/reuse/recycle. You are their best example of how we can take care of our planet.

 My blog is slowgreenmovement.com.

Angela || Fry, Party of Five

Read to them every single day. Even if they want the same book over and over and over again! Raising readers is an amazing feat! 

Frypartyoffive.com

Rachel || Rachel Hawekes – Mindful Parenting

Take time to have fun with your kids, whenever you can.

https://www.rachelhawkes-mindfulparenting.com/blog

Self -Care tips for New Moms

These tips are so important Mamma. You need to always remember to take some time for yourself. I know you are giving everything to your children && this is okay most of the time. However, every now and then – you need to take some “Me” time. 

My self-care tip for moms: Set up a quiet time for your children. Every day at 12:15, JJ goes into her room for quiet time. This is my “Me” time. I can write, take a nap, or do something for myself. It’s a must needed break each day. This is of course, once your child stops napping (which JJ has!). If you still get a nap – use that time! 

Emily || The Crispy Family

My best tip is that there is no such thing as a perfect parent. It’s easy to look at social media and think that everyone else is doing it better than you are. Stop comparing yourself to other parents. You aren’t “enough” for your kids, you’re EVERYTHING to them.

www.thecrispyfamily.com

Annika || Born to be Adventurous

Be easy on yourself. You are a great parent. It’s easy to let all the advice and “better ways” to do things get to us but in reality YOU are the only person and the best person for your child. 

Borntobeadventurous.com

Anna || Twins and Travel

Accept help when it’s offered and don’t be afraid to ask for help if it’s needed – we can all do with an extra pair of hands from time to time so be kind to yourself.

www.twinsandtravels.com

Alexis || Mamma in Pearls

Remember to parent yourself gently too! So many of us have hurts from when we were children that come up as triggers when we have kids. So when your child does something that upsets you realize that you have to lovingly parent yourself through it as well to heal yourself.

www.mammainpearls.com

You are the Best Mom that You know how to Be.

&& that is perfectly perfect. 

Some of these tips for new moms contradict each other – some of them you may not do in your household. This is a no judgement zone; what works for you, may not work for everyone. You mom the way that you want to & don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 

**The only time I won’t post something is if I believe that it’s unsafe for child. If I believe it to be unsafe, I won’t post and I will delete the comment.**

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    24 Comments

    1. Lucy June 1, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      These are all spot on tips from moms. I can’t say that’s followed all of them but there is no doubt that every mom does the best they can be and “trust their instinct” to do so! ♥

      1. Jenny June 3, 2020 at 2:53 pm

        Gosh. I wish I had these tips when I was a new mom. These are amazing and so thorough. Now I need tips on surviving the teenage years. It’s rough. And I still feel like I’m doing it all wrong, so that never changes.

      2. Surabhi June 4, 2020 at 4:14 am

        Love these tips and the way you have presented it is awesome! The best tip I ever received as a new mom was you know the best because you are a mom and mom’s do the best for their kids.

    2. Camille Deal June 2, 2020 at 4:49 pm

      I love the mama that said it is probably just a phase! Moms cause themselves so much unneeded stress without realizing it.

      1. Josephine June 2, 2020 at 7:32 pm

        Hi Camille! Especially, first time moms! Man, I sometimes wonder if I’ll ever stop freaking out every time she gets a sniffle or bumps her head!

    3. Jen Towkaniuk June 3, 2020 at 7:18 am

      What a great post! There are so many great tips in here. I really loved the one from Jen Bradley about saying no less and replacing it with the things they can do. Focusing on the positive is always better than negative and teaches the little ones the same.

      1. Josephine June 3, 2020 at 8:40 am

        Hi Jen, I completely agree! It’s a huge gentle parenting technique, so it’s right up my alley!

      2. Jen @ Jen Bradley | MOMS June 4, 2020 at 10:26 am

        Thank you so much, Jen Towkaniuk! 🙂

    4. Amelia June 3, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Love these!! They are so spot on and great tips! Especially the power of saying “no” one!

    5. Cate June 3, 2020 at 11:13 am

      So many good tips here. I definitely agree with getting prepared early and also really wish that I had done better with sleep scheduling! My kids are 2 and 4 and they’re getting better for sure, but sleep has always been a struggle!

    6. Liz davila June 3, 2020 at 11:17 am

      Every single tip on here is very useful!! Getting help definitely resonates with me! Having my mom or sister hold the baby while I showered made a huge difference!!!

    7. Mylinh June 3, 2020 at 12:08 pm

      Lots of useful tips! I’ll have to try them with my 4 and 2-year olds!

    8. Idara Joy June 3, 2020 at 1:51 pm

      These are great tips! Experienced moms should be willing to share with new moms

    9. Julianne June 4, 2020 at 7:53 am

      This is such a fantastic roundup of tips! I’m not a mom yet (maybe in the next few years), but I’m going to try and store some of these tips in my mind for when that day finally comes. Thank you so much for sharing!

    10. Jasmine June 4, 2020 at 9:37 am

      The unrealistic expectations is a BIG one! I agree! We have to be ok with letting some things slide and prioritize and not overwork ourselves. Having s child is a lot of work.

    11. Jen @ Jen Bradley | MOMS June 4, 2020 at 10:26 am

      This post is amazing! You definitely complied ages of wisdom! Can’t wait to share this with my Facebook group right now!

      1. Josephine June 4, 2020 at 11:41 am

        Hi Jen! Thank You! Yes – these tips are great! Perfect for new moms!

    12. rosemary | a hint of rosemary June 4, 2020 at 4:38 pm

      The most amazing list of new-mom tips! Ever! Pinning this just because I love it!

      1. Josephine June 4, 2020 at 9:29 pm

        Awe, thanks Rosemary! I can’t really take credit for them; but they are amazing parenting tips!

    13. Chaimae Touhami June 5, 2020 at 2:38 am

      Finally a realistic list of mom tips that don’t hinge on motherhood being flawless!

    14. Olufunke Kolapo June 5, 2020 at 11:22 pm

      Wow!
      I love your post. My biggest problems as a mom are doubt, guilt and lack of self care. I know it is true for most moms too.
      I just need to believe in myself more. Thanks .

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