Thursday, February 09, 2012

Things I’ve Learned after Baby’s First 6 Months

These are my best pieces of advice for new moms and moms-to-be.  Enjoy! 

Meet other Moms!  Join Mom groups, go to mom and baby classes and activities, socialize with other moms, even if it’s just online.  It is so important to talk things out, learn from each other, and to have people to bounce ideas/frustrations/etc. off of.  It will truly make you feel less alone, and I can tell you there will be days when you feel like you are the only person in the world going through whatever new challenge your baby has thrown at you!

Breastfeeding is worth it.  It is not easy at first, but it gets easier as time goes on.  Not to mention it’s free and it’s convenient.  It really does take a good 40 days to establish breastfeeding, so don’t give up.  At times I found it physically and emotionally draining, but now it’s a piece of cake and I’m truly glad I stuck with it.  If you’re pregnant now, considering getting pregnant or have a newborn, READ READ READ about breastfeeding now.  I still refer to the book I bought before O was born all the time – The Nursing Mother’s Companion.  

Get out of the house!  Go out every day if you can, even if just for a 20 minute walk.  I’ve been super lucky to be off during one of the best winters on record and have been able to get out daily.  Buy a good stroller, put your runners on and just go.  Your baby will be happier and YOU will be happier. 

Take advantage of free activities!  The public library is a great place!  We go to Baby Stories and Songs each week and it is great fun.  You should also check out an Ontario Early Years Centre near you.  Not only do they have amazing free programming, it’s a great way to meet other moms in your ‘hood. O just ""graduated from Baby Picasso class with a BBA (Bachelor of Baby Art) from our neighbourhood centre.

If you would like to know about any of the groups or other activities that we do, leave me a comment! 

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