Hello, mothers and soon-to-be mothers! Before we get into it, let’s agree on one thing… Babies are not easy.
All the sleepless nights and added laundry will sometimes make you question why you decided to have kids in the first place. But then the little one will coo at you and there will be unicorns, rainbows, and the sunshine. Trust me, been there.
While it is a good idea to learn a few things about babies before D-day, I will advise you to take it easy and sleep while you still can. When the baby arrives, you will have all the time to learn and ask for tips from friends, family, total strangers and medical professionals.
But there are only two trusted advisors you can count on to help you with parenting.
- Your mother- because she knows what you are capable of and no question can be stupid enough to ask her.
- And Google- because it doesn’t judge.
What to expect when the baby arrives
If you are a mother-to-be then you need to know this.
Newborns don’t do much. They are pretty much like Garfield. They feed, nap and feed and nap.
You can plan the little munchkin’s schedule all that you want but when they finally get here, things will go their way whether you like it or not. The baby will tell you when its hungry, sleepy, pooped or needs to be burped. Sadly, the sign for all four is the same- a fussy, wailing baby.
Making a Baby Schedule
If you want to make life easier, then start working on making a schedule. Be patient and remember your baby is feeling a whole lot of change coming into the world so it might take some time. If your baby has napped and fed properly, then they have little reason to cry.
Once they turn 2 months old, they can start falling into a routine provided you maintain a consistent routine. During the first month of the baby’s life, you will notice their habits as they make them. Some cry right after they poop till they have been changed or how long they sleep after one feeding. Keep track of these things. They will help when you start working on the schedule.
Whatever you do, do not deprive your baby of food or sleep to induce a schedule in the first couple of months. The schedule is not the written word of God. If your baby is crying and showing signs expressing hunger, despite the schedule they need to be fed.
Breast or bottle?
Ah, the big debate. Let’s get this straight. Your baby is your baby and the choice has to be solely yours. Do not feel guilty if you choose to formula feed your baby, you have no cause to. But remember, you need to keep in mind that there is always a chance that things might not go as planned. Understand the pros and cons and have a backup plan just in case.
While experts suggest that babies should be breastfed for at least six months to one year, for mothers who are not willing or cannot feed their babies themselves, infant formula is a healthy option and in no way is a ‘compromise’. Like I said, it is a matter of lifestyle, comfort, and personal choices so you need to discuss this with your partner before D-day.
We live in an era dedicated to comfort. There are a ton of products on the market to help make raising kids easier. Here are a few that you need to know about:
- Baby Bottles (Glass or plastic)
- Breast pump
- Breast pads (trust me, you will need these)
- Sippy cup (Comes in a little late)
- Bottle brushes (because hygiene)
- Bottle warmer
Plastic bottle or glass bottle
I am going to name this the second big debate. While many mothers are concerned about adding plastics to their precious one’s diet, they opt to discard bottles completely. Don’t do it. You cannot have your baby latched to you forever and if you wait too long then the chances of your baby resisting the bottle are higher.
Babies need to meet the bottle soon be it pumped breast milk or formula. My advice is within the first month.
While plastics have the compromising-on-hygiene factor, the glass bottle is very safe. Although personally, I always thought I would need a bunch of those since they could break easily but you can get a silicone sleeve to protect them. No need to worry about cleaning up the glass!
Moreover, exposure to plastics is known to have an effect on early puberty in girls and we all know about the risk of cancer. But remember, this is a cumulative effect. Both the bottles can be attached to the breast pump and can be popped in the dishwasher but the plastic can melt so no guarantees there.
The glass is slightly expensive but if used right and safely, it will grow with your newborn to infancy and then toddlerhood. Plastic bottles are cheaper and can be tossed and bought anew after a brief period of use. If you do the math, then, in the long run, the glass baby bottle will be cheaper.
Baby’s wellbeing comes before money so my advice is to invest in the glass baby bottle since it does not have a negative effect on little one’s health.
There are two things I can tell you about baby raising: you will not learn everything until you get hands-on experience and trust me, slow but steady, motherhood will come to you.
Happy nursing- soon enough it will become your new constant.