Becoming a mom is an experience like no other. No amount of babysitting, caring for younger siblings, or summers spent as a camp counselor can fully prepare you for becoming a mom and caring for a baby of your own. My little girl is almost a year old and those newborn days are still fresh in my mind! Encouragement for moms of newborns comes best when it comes from the Bible! Here are some tips that were very helpful to me in those early days of motherhood.
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Encouragement for Moms of Newborns
Before we get to the list of ways to find encouragement for moms of newborns, here is a bonus: just because someone gives you advice, it doesn't mean you have to follow it. You may find that everyone, including random strangers, has an opinion regarding how you should care for your child. Advice for new mothers is something that is never in short supply.
You are your child's mom, and you get to decide what advice to take and which advice to give a polite “thank you” to and go on with your day. There can be so much pressure to make everyone happy, but at the end of the day, it is the health and happiness of you, your husband, and your baby that matters most. So take the first time mom tips you are given during the early months of your baby's life that work for you, and leave the ones that don't!
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #1:
Pray and pray often. This is the most important piece of advice for first-time moms that I can give you. The newborn days are often long and exhausting. This is especially true in the beginning when your hormones are all over the place. Pray for energy, pray for patience, pray for guidance, and pray for encouragement.
I can't tell you how many times at 3 am I sleepily prayed “Lord, I can't make it through tomorrow on my own energy”. Each time, He was faithful to carry me through the next day.
Praying with and for your child is far more important than creating the perfect sleep schedule, avoiding screens in any form, or sending out Pinterest-perfect birth announcements. Our children are gifts from the Lord, given to us to steward for their time on earth.
God chose you to be your child's mother and will equip you for the journey ahead. Talk to Him and tell Him about your bad days and your good days, your requests and your praises. God delights when His children talk to Him. Mothering is hard, but God will give you strength for each new day.
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #2
Be patient with yourself. This is such an important piece of advice for first-time mothers. As you have probably realized, in the first days of motherhood your hormones are everywhere. Sometimes you may cry but have no idea why. Or, you may experience a full range of emotions in 2 minutes time. Often, new moms find themselves getting frustrated at themselves for being irritated by things that normally wouldn't bother them at all. This will pass with time and you will start feeling more like your old self.
Also, you have probably realized that basic household chores are SO much harder to accomplish with a newborn. Give yourself grace! Focus on the things that must be done: laundry, dishes, food, and of course caring for the baby. Pretty much everything else can be put on hold for now.
Brainstorm ways to make those must-do tasks easier. Use paper plates for a bit instead of washing dishes. Let your husband pick up dinner on his way home or use some pre-prepared frozen meals when you have a hard day. You'll get back to cooking your favorite meals, but it takes time. Be patient and know when to cut yourself some slack.
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #3
Say ‘yes' when help is offered. This is a spin-off of from tip two. One of my favorite tips for new moms is to take help when it is offered. If your friend offers to fold your laundry, take her up on it! Sure, she might fold your t-shirts the “wrong” way, but folded is better than unfolded. If your aunt volunteers to scrub your bathroom, put away your pride and say yes. Trust me, you'll have plenty of chances to clean your own bathroom later.
This was (and still is) hard for me but if someone says “let me know how I can help”, find something for them to do. I like to think I can do it all myself, but the reality is that sometimes I can't. Also, many people truly enjoy helping others and it would have been selfish of me to rob them of that chance just because I wanted to prove I can handle this new mom thing. So take advantage of the help. The offers won't be there for forever!
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #4
Prioritize baby's sleep. This is one of the best pieces of advice for new moms that I can offer. Newborn babies have incredibly short wake times. This is the period of time during which they can remain happily awake. Average newborn wake times range from 20 minutes to 45 minutes.
This means that you will likely feed your baby, burp your baby, and then the baby will be ready to go back to sleep. When babies are put down for a nap or bed within their wake window they typically fall asleep much more easily than when they are overtired.
An overtired baby is incredibly difficult to soothe to sleep most of the time. Do baby and yourself a favor and help baby fall asleep when it is most easy for him.
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #5
This piggybacks off of Tip Four: It is okay to say ‘no'. One of the most important tips for new moms is that it is okay to say no. As a new mom, the temptation is to make everyone else happy. People may want to visit at times that are bad for you or for your baby. People may want you to wake your sleeping baby up so they can hold him, or they may try to keep him awake when it is time for a nap. It is okay to say “no, that time doesn't work. How about ___ time?”. Self-care for mom (you) needs to take priority over everything else!
You can be gracious to others while still prioritizing your baby's needs.
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Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #6
Keep lines of communication open with your husband, your OB/midwife, and your go-to girlfriends. Adjusting to motherhood can be tough. This does not mean that there is anything wrong with you or that you are a bad mother! It is important to keep these key people in the loop with how you are feeling as they are uniquely positioned to encourage and support you.
It is a fact that your world has radically changed. Women's bodies handle this change in different ways. It is normal to have conflicting emotions or to feel a bit sad about the loss of your old life.
If these feelings linger, become severe, or you find yourself having difficulty enjoying your new baby please reach out to someone for help. The baby blues and post-partum depression are very real things and your OB or midwife can help you feel better and like yourself again. Most tips for new moms focus on how to care for your baby and adjust to motherhood, but it is equally important to care for yourself when needed.
Encouragement for Moms of Newborns #7:
Have fun! Motherhood is a journey like no other. You will have bad days, but you will also have some of the best days of your life. Your little one will melt your heart in 1,000 ways and bring you joy with each smile he flashes and new skill he learns. The newborn days can seem to last forever while you are in them, but soon you will be on the other side and will miss them.
Your baby will only be little once, so soak up the snuggles and sleepy smiles and bask in the good days. Ask for help on the bad days. Above all, remember that you were given your precious child by your Heavenly Father, and if you seek Him, he will provide all of the strength and wisdom you need to parent your little one.
Encouraging Bible Verses for New Moms
As with anything in life, we can turn to the Bible for uplifting encouragement and inspiration to help us navigate the difficult seasons of our lives. These are some of my favorite Bible verses that can serve as guidance and tips for new moms.
“I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:13 NKJV
“Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Proverbs 22:6 NIV
“Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Proverbs 31:28 NIV
“In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 NIV
“The Lord your God is in your midst, A Warrior who saves. He will rejoice over you with joy; He will be quiet in His love [making no mention of your past sins], He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy. Zephaniah 3:17 AMP
What tips for new moms do you recommend? I would love to hear how you navigated this wonderful season of your own life so we can empower and support our Sisters in Christ as they embark on this journey themselves. Comment below and let us know!
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