To help guide women through the joyful and exciting process of becoming a mom for the first time, Philips AVENT asked TheMotherhood.com, an online network of moms, to give their best advice for new and expecting parents.
Moms came through with a virtual baby shower of tips. Here are the Top Twenty:
1. Keep a journal or take weekly photos to capture the magical moments of your pregnancy. Philips
AVENT is launching a Facebook application soon that will help you do this – stay tuned!
Take naps, rest, and be OK with the fact that you might not be able to do as much as you normally
If this is your second pregnancy, know that it might not be the same as your first. Every pregnancy is
Make a list and pack a bag for the hospital. Don’t forget less obvious items like a phone list of people
you want to notify when the baby is born, change for the vending machines and baby’s first outfit!
Buy a baby memory book and ask the nurse at the hospital to put your newborn’s footprints and
hospital bracelet in the book.
Preparing for Baby’s Arrival
-Take a mom with you when you register for baby items so you know you’re requesting items you’ll
really use, like baby bottles and pacifiers.
- Make and freeze meals for yourself and your family before you’re due to give birth.
-Put a small refrigerator in your bedroom and fill it with milk, snacks and water so you’ll have those
items close at hand once your baby has arrived.
-Stock up on diapers – you’ll need lots – as you won’t always have the energy to get more later on.
You can spread out the cost by buying one package of diapers for each trip to the grocery store.
-Look into local mom groups ahead of time – they can be a great source of advice, support, and even
Caring for Your Newborn
-You can NEVER love your baby too much! It’s okay to give him or her lots of affection.
-Ask family and friends for recommendations on finding the right pediatrician shortly after your
baby is born. A good pediatrician is like a parenting partner.
-Read your baby, not the books. Trust your instincts and focus on your child’s needs.
-When you need to put your baby down somewhere, put him/her on the floor. He/she can’t fall off the
-Don’t take on the entire process of caring for your child. Relinquish control once in a while, and let
your partner help you.
Caring for Yourself
- Be clear about visitation parameters. Everyone will want to see you and the new baby, but you need
time to rest.
-If you need something, ask for it! You aren’t superhuman, and people want to help.
-Take a little guilt-free “me” time for yourself every day.
- If someone asks how they can help you, ask them to bring food. The more meals you have stocked in
the freezer, the less time and energy you have to spend making dinner.
- Let go of perfection. When your baby is sleeping, you should sleep too – don’t use the time to clean
the house or run errands.
For more than 25 years, Philips AVENT, the number one bottle brand in the world, has been a trusted partner from pregnancy through toddlerhood, giving parents the confidence to choose the products that support their baby’s developing needs. Learn more at http://www.philips.us/avent or visit Philips AVENT’s new Facebook page for more tips and advice.