1. Trust your instincts You might be new at this parenting gig, but it doesn't mean that you can't follow your heart and do what you feel is best for your baby.
2. Expect that everyone is going to give you their advice about your baby This is going to absolutely drive you bonkers! People mean well, but often don't realise that they are overwhelming new parents. How to manage this? Smile, nod and look at the next tip
3. Be gentle on yourself Don't ever underestimate the fact that recovery from your birth and getting to know your baby is one tough gig. Take it easy and accept offers of help and support. If baby needs cuddles and you need sleep - don't be afraid to have family or friends to do the rounds while you catch up on some much needed sleep. You will be amazed that eventually, a 30 minute sleep will refresh you so much, that you will feel like you have slept for hours!
4. Don't expect to be "Wonder Woman" Guess what? She wonder woman doesn't even exist - she's a comic character! Try not to fill up your day with too many tasks - you are on baby time now and you simply cannot do it all! If you don't slow down, your baby most certainly will force you to!
5. Don't be afraid to hold your baby A LOT! For the first 3 months, your baby is getting used to being earthside and needs your love and comforting most of the time. Don't expect your baby to be able to sleep and settle independently in the big cot or bassinette .You are not spoiling your baby by holding him or her all the time - you are teaching your baby to be calm, that you are there to support, comfort and reassure while everything is just so new. Before you know it, your baby won't need you so much and then you will grieve the fact that your baby isn't so small anymore!
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