Being a mom means that you’re always going to be full of worry. There’s so much that you have to think about, and often it’s thrown upon us when we least expect it. We are noticing now that more pregnancies are being called a ‘happy accident’ because they aren’t being planned anymore. We know that there’s no accident about it. There’s only so much you can say happened by accident if you weren’t using any protection. But we also know that there are small instances where contraception doesn’t work, and that really is a happy accident. So, no matter how you’ve found yourself in the situation that you’re in, we hope that you are now feeling the total joy of expecting a child. Hopefully you have come to terms with the fact that a baby is coming your way. But coming to terms with that also makes you feel that complete sense of panic and worry. There will be so many things going through your mind. So many things that you need to think about to make sure you’re ready for the moment you’re finally holding your baby in your arms. You will no doubt have friends that are parents and will be sharing their horror stories with you. You will no doubt have gone through all of the new mom forums and heard their horror stories. So, we’re not going to share any horror stories with you, but we are going to show you how you can prepare to be the best mom that you can possibly be. Keep on reading to find out more.
Creating A Happy Home Environment
This is the first thing that you need to think about is creating a home environment that’s going to be nurturing and happy for everyone in the home. The common theme that we’re seeing in the modern day is that children are being raised in homes that aren’t happy, and are then having the home life torn apart because relationships can break down. It’s no secret that having a baby can put so much stress and pressure on a family. For one, the relationship that you used to have is going to go down the drain. It once used to be about the two of you, and now there’s a third little human who needs constant attention. Having that snatched away from a couple can be enough to bring a relationship down. So, whilst you can, make sure that you enjoy your time together as a couple, and plan for how your life is going to change. Adapt to the new life you have before it even comes and it’s going to be far easier to be successful as a family. The stronger your bond is before you become parents, the easier it’s going to be to get through the tough times ahead
Preparing Your Home For The New Arrival
Now you’ve prepared yourself and the vibe of your home for the new baby, you now need to prepare your home for the new arrival. This is where things start to get a little bit tricky. It’s where the money begins to fly out of your bank account, and you realise how much it’s going to take to make sure you’re raising a happy child. But don’t let it panic you, buy everything bit by bit rather than letting the money run dry straight away. You’re only going to feel the financial pressure when you don’t need to. You just need to make simple decisions such as bassinet versus crib. Some moms prefer a crib, and some moms prefer a bassinet. It’s totally up to your own personal preference, and you shouldn’t be swayed by anyone else’s decision. The important thing to remember is that when buying all that you need to buy is that there’s no right or wrong answer. As long as you’re buying the right sizes of things that you need, you can buy whatever style that you want. The main thing is making sure that you get the room ready, and you get the essentials. The essentials in our eyes are as follows:
- Anything needed for feeding
- Changing mat
- Creams and nappies
- Wipes and washes
- Teddy’s and story books
- Medicine such as Calpol
Those are some of the staples of what you need to be buying. Anything else you can buy as and when you need it. As time goes on your home will become clogged with items, so as long as you get the main items that you need, everything else will come with it.
Preparing Your Body & Mind
Your body and mind are going to change so much. Some moms talk about baby brain, but it can be far worse than that. A mothers mental health can really suffer during pregnancy simply because of all the hormones rushing around the body, the stress of becoming a mom, and the stress of your life changing. If you feel as though your mind is changing further than simple baby brain, make sure that you’re getting in touch with your allocated midwife and sharing your concerns with your partner. You shouldn’t be suffering in silence when it comes to maternal mental health. As for your body, self care is all that’s needed. Taking the time to make sure you’re doing light exercise, eating right, and relaxing is essential. The more pressure you put on your body and mind, the harder it’s going to be to deal with the problems you’re facing.
Being A Great Mom
Finally, be rest assured that you are going to be a good mom. It’s so easy to think that you’re not going to know what to do, but we promise mother’s instinct is going to kick in the moment you give birth. You’ll know what to do, and even if you don’t you’ll be able to have all of the support and advice that you need. Everything you do will be a learning curve as a new mom, but we promise you will be able to take it all in your stride.