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.
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.
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!
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.
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…
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Stephanie || Oklahoma Wonders
Grocery delivery will change your life! If you can eliminate unnecessary errands you can spend more time enjoying your young babies.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
Rachel || Rachel Hawekes – Mindful Parenting
Take time to have fun with your kids, whenever you can.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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