Baby’s First Year: Why Being the Best Mother Means Caring for Your Own Needs, Too

With an estimated 2 billion mothers worldwide, becoming a mother is something that will likely happen to many of today’s young women. Whilst having a baby is without a doubt one of the happiest, most rewarding things anyone can go through, it can also be one of the most challenging and overwhelming with many different fears along the way.

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Especially if you’re a new mother, taking the best possible care of your baby is likely to be your no.1 priority – and rightly so. But just because you now have a tiny human to look after, this doesn’t mean you have to completely neglect your own wants and needs too. Caring for your own needs is just as important as looking after your baby, as it is vital you keep yourself healthy and well for your baby’s sake. So if you’re struggling to find motivation to take your needs seriously too, here are some simple ways to look after yourself without compromising the needs of your baby.

Ask for help

No one said motherhood was easy and, if you’re trying to juggle everything on your own without any help, you’ll likely burn yourself out in the long-run. No one likes to admit they’re struggling but, for the sake of your baby, if you’re feeling unable to cope it’s essential you’re not too proud to ask for help.

Your family and friends will likely love your baby as much as you and will want to do anything they can to make your job easier. Even if it’s just babysitting for a couple of hours so you can have some time to yourself, accepting help from others is an ideal way to reduce any stress you may be feeling.

Treat yourself

Especially in the first few months of motherhood, you’ll likely want to spend every cent you earn on buying new things for your baby. Whilst it’s great you want to give your baby everything you can, it’s essential that you also treat yourself.

Luxury items like a car are likely to become even more important during the years of motherhood, as it’s only a matter of time before your baby grows up and wants to be taken to play dates. So, if you’re in need of a family-friendly vehicle but are blowing all your money on treats for your baby, be practical and weigh-up what’s most important. Click here to discover some affordable options for inspiration.

Drink water

We’re always told to drink lots of water but, as a mother, it’s never been more important. Not only will it keep your energy and hydration levels up, but will also provide the essential liquid needed for breastfeeding. Keeping both yourself and your baby healthy, ensuring to drink lots of water is one of the simplest steps you can take.

Motherhood will always be challenging even for the most prepared mothers. Both your physical and emotional wellbeing will be tested like never before so, even though you’ll likely want to focus all your energy on your baby, it’s still important to give yourself some love too!

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I am not perfect but I am doing my best to be the Mom that my child needs me to be. I gave up the career that my parents have invested in for so many years and instead became a nurse, teacher, cook, playmate and friend all at the same time but not complaining a bit. And if I have to live my life all over again, I will choose the same career which is MOTHERHOOD.

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Song from a Mom’s Heart

Mommy Moment’s theme is ” Song from a Mom’s Heart”. When RJ was still inside my tummy, I used to play CD’s of Mozart. When she was born, I was still playing the CD and hubby bought CD of lullabies. Then a friend gave us this song book of nursery rhymes and lullabies that has all the lyrics and chords of the songs from the CD that hubby bought. What a coincidence! I forgot the CD’s title for I handed it down to a nephew long time ago but the book title is “Nursery Rhymes and Lullabies” by Pamela Conn Beall and Susan Hagen Nipp.

The CD has 15 charming and gentle lullabies but what I like to sing for RJ the most is Mozart’s Lullaby…

Sleep little one, go to sleep
so peaceful the birds and the sheep.
Quiet are meadow and the trees,
even the buzz of the bees.
The silvery moon beams so bright
down through the window give light
oe’r you the moon beams will creep.
Sleep little one go to sleep,
good night, good night.

This song enchanted RJ as she snuggles down to sleep.