I am so lucky to work with completely amazing families and meet such lovely new mothers or mothers-to-be. Of course, the conversation moves quickly to what life with a tiny newborn or slightly older baby is like. As a mother of two little ones myself, I love chatting and exchanging about our experiences of motherhood. It’s a journey like no other, so different for everyone and a constant balance between overwhelming joy and …. well, overwhelming challenges!
The other week I posted a story on my Instagram page asking what the one thing was that helped you through the first few weeks as a mother to a newborn. Your advice for new mums was amazing and I wanted to collect all those kind words and lovely ideas in one place to share back with you.
Best Advice for New Mums: The One Thing that Helped You Through the First Few Weeks as a Mother to a Newborn
Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to share your tips and advice for new mums! I loved reading everyone’s thoughts – definitely lots of common themes in what you felt great advice for new mums could be. Here are all the responses:
Someone to help keep on top of laundry and cleaning (I was lucky to have my mum’s help)
My own mum.
Meal delivery. Grocery delivery.
Accept that things don’t go to plan.
Hiii! It’s FINE to hand off the baby to someone else whilst you get some rest.
NCT Group! Support from other mums and the ability to talk in the night when needed.
Low expectations! Key to a happier life and not feeling disappointed.
Self care… sheet masks, hot bath, audio books. Whatever helps u feel a bit more like u!
Aaall the snuggles.
Speak to other mums about ur experiences + don’t be afraid to ask for help if u struggle.
Don’t compare yourself + your experience to others!!!
It’s just a phase. Try to embrace it as much as you can.
Don’t decline any help offered, it’s so tough.
One day at a time!!
Find mummy friends.
Lots of cake, chocolate and coffee to keep you going! Also accept all the help that is offered to you.
Everyone gave me different (well meant) advice. Do what works for you.
Speak to a professional if you’re really struggling. Do it sooner not later.
Accept help from anyone who offers.
Netflix and chill. When you can!
Cutting myself some slack. We’re all just learning and doing our best.
Say no to things that aren’t essential.
Get fresh air every day. Even if it’s to grab a coffee only.
Someone cooking and preparing food for me. Filling my water bottle.
Go with the flow rather than searching everything on Google.
Thank you again for sharing your advice for new mums and I hope you enjoyed reading everyone else’s. You might also like to check out the following blog posts
Leaving you with this beautiful Osho quote:
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
I am maternity and newborn photographer based in Chelsea, London. Specialising in lifestyle maternity, baby & toddler, and family photography, I always offer printed photos, albums and other bespoke artwork to all of my clients as a way to celebrate the images we take together. I cover Central and West London, such as Kensington and Chelsea, Hammersmith and Fulham, Wandsworth, Battersea, Clapham, Richmond, Westminster, Mayfair and Notting Hill. Please do still get in touch if you live outside of these areas but would be interested in a family photoshoot together. Not quite ready to book? Follow me on Instagram and let’s stay in touch.