Ahhhh, the baby is home at last! Now what? It’s not easy to navigate the first year with sleepless nights, trying to breast feed, figuring out which bottle works best, pumping, deciding to use organic or regular baby food (or make your own), and sleep training. We want to help, so we compiled our 5 best tips for surviving — and thriving — during baby’s first year.
Suffering from the baby blues? You are not alone. Postpartum depression strikes about 10-15% of women, according to the CDC. The good news is that there are some ways to overcome postpartum depression, from sleeping to getting out of the house. Make sure you talk to your health care provider.
Not sure how and when to wean baby? The topic tends to bring a lot of confusion and anxiety for new moms, and that is understandable. There are different ways to wean a baby – you need to figure out what works best for you and your baby and talk to a professional. While the process can feel sad and overwhelming, know that your baby will always need you.
The first year with a new baby is EXHAUSTING. Sleep training is exhausting. If you want to know how to sleep train your baby with no tears, you are like millions of moms out there. Start by putting your baby in his or her crib during wake hours and go from there. Your baby will sleep through the night soon!
Think you’d rather use the Ferber method for sleep training? We’ve got some tips for that too (starting with reading the book!).
It takes a village, and it’s okay to hire a postpartum doula after you deliver your baby. A doula isn’t a babysitter, but he or she will give you emotional and physical support and act as a wealth of information.
Going back to work after your baby is born and feeling unprepared? It can be challenging to go back to the office even though you know your baby is safe. Our guide to life after maternity leave can help you make sure you dot all of your i’s and cross all of your t’s.
That first year of your baby’s life is magical – seeing him smile at you for the first time, watching him crawl or even walk and observing him observing the world around him. The challenges don’t have to take away from the joys of his first year of life, though.
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