I’m excited to have Alissa from A Journey to Thin here for y’all today! Alissa is a new-to-me blogger and I love her focus on healthy – yet balanced, living with her adorable little family :) Thanks for sharing these awesome tools for new mamas – I know I’ve already added a few to my mama list.
First of all, I want to thank Becky for inviting me to guest post! I love your blog, Becky, and it is an honor to write for you. Congratulations on the arrival of your bundle of joy and welcome to motherhood!
My precious baby girl turned one year old on the 1st of May and in addition to celebrating her first year of life, I also found myself mentally patting myself on the back for having survived the first year. My hair might be a mess (and a little more white), the baby weight still on (and then some), and I may have stains on my shirt more often than not, but I survived my first year as a mom and I am proud of that.
Since Becky is beginning this roller coaster of a ride that is motherhood, I wanted to share some of the resources and tools that were invaluable to me as a new mother. These are in no particular order.
This was a little secret that we discovered when baby girl had her newborn pictures taken by a professional photographer. The photographer had this app on her phone and baby girl remained asleep almost the entire time that the photographer moved her around for photos.
When she was a newborn and wouldn’t stop crying, all we had to do was turn on the “air conditioning” noise on this phone app and she would immediately become peaceful and quiet. I am sure that it was a comforting “womblike” sound. It was such a lifesaver in those early months.
2. Postpartum Progress: My husband and I took all of the baby classes and I read the informative baby books, but somehow we didn’t recognize the signs of postpartum depression until 10 months postpartum.
It wasn’t until I stumbled upon the Postpartum Progress website that I realized how I was feeling wasn’t normal and I reached out for help. The symptoms that I had learned about were very different from what I was experiencing—there are a lot of misconceptions out there.
All new moms should read through the symptoms of postpartum depression and anxiety and be familiar with them. Even have family members and close friends read them so they know what to watch for. Be informed and never be afraid to reach out for help.
3. Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby’s First Year: This book has a chapter for each month and details milestones and behaviors. It’s also a great resource book for common questions a parent might have during the first year.
I read each chapter when baby girl turned a month older. With all of the information out there on the web, I knew the information in this book was from a source I could trust.
4. Feed Baby App: This app is free in both the App Store and the Google Play Store. There are a lot of things that you have to keep track of with a newborn: how many poops and pees, how many ounces they’re eating and how often, how long they’ve been sleeping, and if you’re breastfeeding—whether the feeding was on the left or the right. Using this app makes it so easy to track all of these things and more than likely you take your phone with you everywhere so when the pediatrician asks these questions, you’ll have the answers handy! I still use this app to track nap times so I can estimate when baby girl will wake up because I tend to forget the time I put her down for a nap…we’ll call that mommy brain.
5. Medicine Dosage Charts: My sister sent me a link to the Mundelein Pediatrics website, which lists the dosages for Tylenol & Ibuprofen, among others. They never print the dosages for infants on the bottles. Our pediatrician gave me a printed copy and I never seem to have that handy but I always have my phone around so this resource has been super helpful for me.
6. Online Symptom Checker: Another resource from the Mundelein Pediatrics website is the Online Symptom Checker. You can select a symptom or an illness and it gives you detailed information about possible causes, home remedies, what to watch for, and when to call the doctor. I know it’s a resource that I can trust and it has reassured me many times when I was worried.
7. Solid Food Chart for Babies: Once baby is ready for solid foods, it’s helpful to know what the recommendations are for what foods to introduce when. I used a chart from Momtastic: Wholesome Baby Foods and it reassured me I was introducing foods that baby’s tummy could handle and also gave me ideas about foods to let baby try. As a result, baby girl ate a variety of foods that maybe I wouldn’t have even thought to feed her, like papaya, chicken, and soft boiled egg yolks.
I know that these tools will be useful for first time moms and perhaps even experienced moms.
Sharing is caring! What tools/resources would you recommend to a first time mom?