1. Don’t try and force a schedule.
Infants are demanding but that should be expected. Though you may desire a certain schedule of your own, do your best not to force a schedule on your newborn. It can take weeks, sometimes months, to know your baby’s needs. Go easy on yourself and give it time to learn what they’re telling you.
Let your baby eat whenever he or she wants without applying a regular timetable. Before you know it, you’ll be in a nice rhythm. You can expect that your infant may require to eat more often than you think, especially during the first month or so.
2. Take advice with caution
Suggestions from experienced mothers can indeed be helpful, but what works for one infant may not work for another, so keep your focus on your own baby and try not to compare your baby to others. Just like grownups, all babies are going to have different needs. There is no one-size-fits-all when it comes to our babies.
Listen to your heart and motherly instinct, as well as clues from your baby. He or she will let you know what is needed and you should respond accordingly.
3. Sleep (or at least sit down!) when you can
Newborns have a schedule of their own. Some sleep through the night (rare) and others keep you constantly awake. When your infant sleeps, take the opportunity to rest yourself. It would be great if you could snap your fingers and be asleep when your baby dozes off but it’s unlikely it happens this way.
The best thing to do is to get your chores done while baby is awake so that when baby goes down, you can too. Put your feet up, watch some Netflix, and bonus points if you fall asleep yourself! You need to rest to be at your best capacity so don’t hesitate to catch those much needed zzzzz’s if you’re able to.
4. Try not to panic
Your newborn requires a considerable amount of attention and often can lead to stress. Don’t panic. Remain calm by any means. When needed, place your adorable baby in a crib or another safe location and be sure to take a respite. If you’re stressed, your baby will pick up on your tension and act out accordingly.
5. Be a Scout — Be prepared
Always try to be prepared. Diapers, formula, and other necessities should be placed in a bag and carried along with you. Your infant has constant needs so it’s always best to be prepared. Have your bag packed ahead of time so when it’s time to leave you can head right out.
Above all, follow your heart and motherly instincts. Never be afraid of asking for advice but at the same time, consider what is best for your baby.
Ultimately, every baby has his/her own personality so make the necessary adjustment. You can diminish your anxiety/stress with these simple but necessary tips.