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New Moms Survival Guide

Jan 15, 2008
Believe it or not, children do not come with instruction manuals. You either know this first hand or you will! You will really have your hands full. If you have family or friends that can help you then great, but if not, the first two months are going to be a challenge. However, IT WILL GET BETTER!

Now, don't be scared nobody can even explain how hard raising your first child can be. Although you have nine months to plan and prepare for the arrival of your first born, there is no way to prepare for sleepless nights and colicky babies. Knowing when to call the doctor, decide why your child is crying, or knowing what to do each and every minute of the day is different for every parent, so knowing all of the different possibilities that can happen really is the best way to prepare yourself.

If you happen to be blesses with a second child, you will come to realize the second is much easier than your first, but that's only because you will know what you are getting into. Everyone who has a child has to experience the difficulties that come along with your first born, and the only way to prepare for this is by reading during your entire pregnancy. I wish I would have had a resource available to teach me every little thing there is to know about being a mother, like being able to understand what each different cry means. That's why I wrote the New Moms Guide!

One of the toughest parts of raising a baby is protecting her from her own home. My husband and I were recently married when I got pregnant, and had an apartment full of nice furniture that was definitely not baby proof. We had an entertainment system with all types of game systems, movie players, and even a cable box, all of which had cords hanging down with exposed outlets. I eventually learned how to keep the baby safe in her own home, but a resource could have taught me how to prepare for her arrival by providing me with baby safety tips that all new moms should know.

Although many Pediatricians can give great tips for new moms, most don't have the time to discuss every little problem that may be going on in your life. I found this out when I would call the Pediatrician on a weekly basis, wondering whether or not her diaper rash or excessive spit up was something to worry about. Most of the time I would have to leave a message or make an appointment and the problem was usually resolved by the time I got an answer.

There are a number of different tips that I could give to new mothers, but I think the most important advice I could ever give is to read as much as you can. Learn as much as you can during your pregnancy, and continue reading even after your child is born. Keep a reference or resource book available for when you have a question, because most of the time it can be solved just by picking up a book. Knowing about every little illness, rash, or problem that can occur, you can prepare yourself for the arrival of your new addition and feel secure that you will be a great parent.
About the Author
Tess Barksdale is Author of New Moms Survival Guide and writes parenting tips and articles for a number of prestigious parenting guides, books, and blogs.You can find her book at http://www.new-moms-survival-guide.com
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