To celebrate Mother’s Day this year, we wanted to do something a little different. Instead of sharing tips and ideas on our blog like we normally do, we reached out to our community and asked them for their best advice to new mothers. We asked them what they wished they could go back and tell themselves as a new parent. Browse through the answers below for some encouragement and laughter, then add your thoughts in the comments below! Happy Mother’s Day to all of the Moms out there. No matter what stage in the parenting journey you’re on, know that you are cherished and appreciated by your children and community more than you’ll ever know!
Don’t compare yourself or your baby to others. Every baby is unique and original, every parent is unique and original. Trust your instincts. You know your baby better than anyone else!
As a new mom, you’ll be getting so much unsolicited advice. Trust your instruct. Always do what you think is right.
Holding a good posture will make a difference to you mentally and physically. Try to remind yourself while walking the stroller, breastfeeding when sitting up, cooking to stay as vertical as possible. You may not think it but it’s a full-body workout.
DO try to keep doing the things you like doing pre-baby, but spend some time trying to figure out how to scale it down or break it up into chunks. If you really like working with your hands but don't have the same big chunks of time to do large projects anymore (do any of us!?), see if you can figure out how to break that project up into much smaller (even 10 minute!) blocks. I once took a full week to put a new chain on my bicycle, and another full week to glue an old mug back together, gluing just one piece each day. But at the end of the week, you still get the satisfaction of completing something that *isn't* at all baby-related. Go You!
Don’t be too hard on yourself. Everyone makes mistakes and no one is Perfect.
No one else has it “all figured out” like you think/tell yourself they do - so be kind to yourself and know what you’re doing is more than enough.
Don’t feel guilty about taking time for yourself. Caring for yourself is just as important as caring for babe!
Remember that nothing is permanent. This will help get you through the bad times and remain present with the many sweet moments.
Prepare for sleepless nights, cold coffee and lots of love!
The first few months will be a total blur - take more photos (and video!) than you think you should!! Don't be ashamed to document everything, because one day you'll find yourself scrolling your photo reel while your little one naps and you'll be much happier knowing you captured as much as you did - because sleep deprived, busy You will hardly be able to remember it!
Our Tradle team knows this past year has been hard for everyone but especially for mothers of young kids. We could all use a little more support and encouragement. With this in mind, we wanted to give some care and love we know our Tradle parents have been giving to their babies, back to them. That’s why when we asked our community to share advice, they were entered into a draw for a one-year subscription to Headspace. Congratulations to Erin for winning!