5 Bad Habits New Mums Should Avoid
Being a Mum is an exciting adventure, but it is important to ensure you start as you mean to go on.
Here are 5 ‘bad habits’ new mums should avoid as you begin your journey through motherhood:
1) Try not to rock your baby to sleep every time: It is important that your baby learns to self settle and go to sleep by themselves. It’s really easy at 3am to rock your baby to sleep and then try to do the commando-mad-dash away from the cot as you try to leave them, only for them to wake back up again the moment you get to the door. This is a bad habit that you want to avoid. Try to put your baby down sleepy, but awake and allow them time to fall asleep by themselves. Over time they’ll get there.
2) Avoid the ‘Feed To sleep’: Closely linked to number 1, once your feeding routine has been established, try to avoid the habit of feeding to sleep. If every time your baby wakes you are only offerng milk for them to go back to sleep, then they will associate feeds with sleep and they will develop a habit of waking up to feed to sleep. A vicious circle you want to avoid, where possible. Instead, check your baby’s nappy; offer a little water, stroke or shush them before offering food.
3) Try to vary the activities your baby does: It’s really easy to constantly hold and cuddle your baby (and this is important whilst they’re still newborn). Once your baby is starting to become more alert and active, vary their activities. Don’t always hold them or carry them as they will become dependent on this. Instead, intersperse their awake time with time to play with an activity centre or in a swing chair – as well as those lovely cuddles!
4) Avoid the ‘Shhhh! baby’s sleeping’ routine: It’s so tempting to tip toe around your sleeping baby during the day so you can get a few, precious moments of peace. However, this is one habit you want to avoid. If you are always creating a zone of silence for nap times then your little one might struggle to sleep in other settings, such as a friends house or on a day out. Instead, carry on as normal around your baby during the daytime naps and keep the quiet for the evenings, helping them learn the difference between day and night time.
5) Stop feeling guilty: an important bad habit to avoid as a new mum is feeling guilty about things. Whether it’s that you haven’t been to visits your great aunt yet, or you haven’t steam cleaned the bathroom in a month – so what? You have a baby. You’re tired. You’re doing your best. Instead, take people up on their offers of help and go easy on yourself.
Avoiding these 5 bad habits will help to ensure you have a happier, contented baby in the long term and a less stressful time for you.
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