If you are a new mom or about to be, CONGRATULATIONS!
Now I know from experience that becoming a new mom can be terrifying. Where do you even start? There is an overwhelming amount of information to get through before your baby arrives and you don’t know where to go or who to trust.
When I was pregnant I really did my homework to learn everything I could about newborns and ways to ease into my new life as a momma. My go to source was, of course, Pinterest. You can see my board for tips on life with a newborn here.
After scouring the Internet these are the most authentic sources I found to be the most useful. I still use each one to learn how to help Pres grow to the best of her ability and to ensure I can stay happy and healthy as a new mom; both physically and mentally.
**I don’t know any of these ladies… I am not receiving anything for telling my readers about them. This is 100 percent my honest opinion of the best sources to help you enter motherhood.**
Absolutely my go to blog to see which activities are a safe and stimulating environment for Presley to learn and develop. I’ve read almost every post Chanda has written. She is someone that I certainly don’t know personally but I trust her advice. She is a physical therapist for children and all of her posts are tailored to helping your child develop safely!
Of course every new mom has an idea as to what is best for their baby. But Chanda breaks down all of the ‘normal’ stuff new moms do into what’s really developmentally healthy for your baby and what is not.
Pink Oatmeal has everything from tummy time tips to play activities and even an online shop. There are so many safe and fun ideas to help your baby be a healthy, smart and happy little one. You can find all of them at Pink Oatmeal.
I want you all of you new moms to remember that every baby is different and they have to achieve milestones at their own pace. What Presley does may happen faster or slower than her baby friends and there is nothing wrong with that.
Oh my goodness. I love Lucie’s List. If you aren’t sure what the best products are that new moms need she tells you! Meg breaks down all of the must-have new mom necessities into price ranges. Anyone can find suitable baby products in the price range that fits their lifestyle. She also has wonderful advice from pregnancy – to – postpartum – to – toddlers!
To be more specific, there are many new mom categories on Lucie’s List, including: Registry Must-Haves; Post-Partum Info; Infants, Twins and Toddlers; and Gear Guides. Every post is incredibly detailed and helpful.
Meg sends all of her advice to new moms in time sensitive emails. All you have to do is sign up for her mailing list and enter your due date. Every time I’m beginning to wonder what the next steps to this new momma world is, an email magically appears in my inbox with her advice!
If there is anyone to keep you sane and to make you feel comfortable and NOT crazy it is Amy at Pregnant Chicken. You can’t read anything that she writes without laughing. Laughing is detrimental to your well being when you are growing a being.
The newsletter that every new mom should sign up for is always amazing and entertaining. Amy has coined it as “What the Cluck #__”. She provides blog posts with helpful tips, always whatever deals she has scoured the Internet for and also goodies exclusive to her mailing list.
You can also sign up for her Pregnancy Calendar: “Want to know what’s going on from week to week during your pregnancy? Hell yeah! Sore boobs, extra saliva, fatigue and how much your baby would be worth if it was made of gold at 20 weeks, are just a few of the quality topics you’ll find in the Pregnant Chicken Pregnancy Calendar.”
See what I mean about bringing new moms right into their comfort zone? I love her. A lot.
She also has a tab “Is It Safe?” Where she has each category of ‘no-no’s’ in pregnancy and explains the research she’s found on whether it’s a myth or not! And of course, a shopping guide where she finds new mommas all the best deals and quality items that you have to have.
I don’t really read any of the posts on What to Expect. They aren’t as interesting or as informative for new moms as personal blogs. At least to me they aren’t. BUT if you sign up for an account there are different groups you can join. These groups are forums where everyone can ask questions and answer them for each other. When you enter your due date you automatically are joined to your due date month’s forum.
I am a part of the “September 2015 Babies Group”. Every night I get an email with the new posts and flick through the ones that I have a similar question in or ones that I can help answer for other new moms. It’s really wonderful having a group of women going through the same exact process as you while pregnant and afterwards too.
You can ask questions like how many ounces your baby has been drinking… Is the DockATot really worth it?… Did anyone take castor oil to speed along contractions? All sorts of things. It’s great I can’t recommend it enough.
Two Other Sources New Mommas Should NOT Overlook:
Who do you trust more than anyone in the world?
Probably your mom or someone who plays a similar role. They know, they have lived through all of what you are going through. Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice. Making a baby is not the time to ‘go it alone’ or be too proud to ask ‘dumb’ questions. Ask anything and everything you wonder about.
Your Significant Other.
You are not going this alone. Everything does not fall on your shoulders to figure out by yourself. Tell him or her how you feel, even if its as simple as “I’m really flipping scared.” Talking is key, you are a team. You’re going to be a team for the rest of your life so honesty is key from the beginning.