My top tips on being a good mother

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My top tips on being a good mother

1

Pat yourself on the back!


To begin with, give yourself a BIG pat on the back – go on – just do it!! Being a mother is the most demanding job EVER. I helped a 2nd time around mother start on the path to self settling her 7 weeks old baby and she said just that.
2

Care for yourself


You must care for yourself - what happens if you don't? This means you must find time for a rest every day for the first month at least. When your baby has had a good feed, you have burped him, swaddled him and let him self settle, now it’s your turn - go off and put your feet up. Txt friends and family that you are going for a rest – so ‘don’t disturb’ You will no doubt have a sleep – but don’t worry – you will hear your baby when he wakes.
3

Eat well!


Eat well – stay healthy. This also ensures that your baby is doing the same if he is breast fed! Start with a good breakfast, sitting down at the table. Three healthy meals a day and snack on fruit and raw vegetables. Have a small container of the raw vegetables already prepared in the fridge. Drink heaps of water.
4

Routine!


Now, the next tip is something that, once in place, will be part of your life a s a mother for many years to come. Routine, routine, routine. Head down, follow the rules as set out in my book ‘Baby on Board – Mum is Driving’ – page 9. For you and your baby a routine is so important and is the cornerstone of being a good mum.
5

Accept any help.


Accept any help that your family and friends offer and get your husband/partner involved too. Dads CAN burp the baby – Dads CAN change a nappy – Dads can bath the baby – Dads can swaddle the baby and tuck him down.
6

You are the boss.


As a mum – you are the boss – not the baby. Become a great mum and set the rules from early on. Cuddle, him – talk to him – tell him you love him to bits – but you are the boss!


Being a good mum deserves rewards. Do something just for you every day. Your choice but it is for YOU. 

When life settles down a bit – and you feel like a BIG treat – just do it.

Dinner out with your partner – a spa – a massage – a new hair colour – whatever it is. Get family involved because you’ll do this without the baby. He is safe with a trusted family member or friend (if he is breast fed – leave a bottle of expressed milk in the fridge with instructions – and a bottle of formula for those treasured babies who for some reason cannot be breast-fed)  and you’ll be a better mum for the ‘time out’ With some planning and support it will happen.

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