There are some mistakes new moms make a lot. Learning to be a new mom is a lot of trial and error and all moms have to go through it. It is just part of the journey into parenthood. If you can be aware that these are some mistakes new moms make then maybe it can help you or someone you know who is becoming a new mom.
1. Cutting Baby’s Nails While They Are Awake
This is a mistake I made when I had my first baby. I did not know that it would be so much easier to cut his nails while he was sleeping. I finally figured it out after trying to chase those tiny little waving hands around a few times. This is one of the common mistakes new moms make. It just takes a few tries before you figure out cutting their nails is a much easier task when they are sleeping.
2. Trying to Recover Too Quickly
Most moms attempt to recover from childbirth too quickly. I made this mistake, too. New moms are usually so anxious to get back on their feet and take over their normal duties. It is much better if you go slow and allow your body time to heal. You will eventually get back to yourself, don't worry.
3. Leaving Dad out
Sometimes moms accidentally leave dad out of the equation when they have a baby. They get so into new mom mode that they forget to include dad in baby care and bonding. It is an accidental mistake that a lot of moms make. Fortunately, it is very easy to fix. You just have to start inviting him to get involved with the baby more.
4. Not Asking Enough Questions
Sometimes new moms do not ask enough questions. They may feel like their questions are silly or they're embarrassed to ask them. The truth is there are no silly questions. That is what your doctor and your baby’s pediatrician are for. They can help you with all of those recovery and newborn questions that you may have.
5. Underestimating Themselves
Sometimes new moms lack confidence. While it is true that learning to care for a baby is a process, it is also true that no one can do a better job than a caring mother. It will come naturally as a new mom gets to know her baby. If you are feeling a little uneasy as a new mom, remind yourself that is to be expected and it will get easier with time. You can do all of this and do it well.
6. Not Reaching out for Help with Feeding Issues
If you are choosing to breastfeed, chances are high that you will encounter at least a small issue in breastfeeding at some point. Most mothers do and it is nothing to be ashamed of. A lot of new moms feel like it should just come naturally and are embarrassed if things don’t happen perfectly in that area. Very few mothers breastfeed effortlessly from the beginning. Don’t be afraid to seek help and support if you need it in this area.
7. Letting Baby Get Used to Only One Pacifier
One of the best things a new mom can do is to make sure that her baby does not get overly attached to just one pacifier. Switch them out every couple of days so that you don’t have a problem with your baby only taking one kind of pacifier. If that happens, you have a problem on your hands. You may not be able to find a replacement or your baby may reject any other pacifier after getting attached to that one certain pacifier. This is another lesson I learned from experience.
There is no perfect mom and all you can do is your best. These are a few examples of commonly made mistakes by new moms. What mistakes did you make when you were a new mother?