Having a new baby in the home is often as overwhelming and puzzling for dad as it is for a mom. Especially with a first child, everything is happening in real time for the first time, which can be both exhilarating and exhausting. No matter how much friendly advice, pregnancy planning or breastfeeding “survival guides” a man reads in advance, the dynamic between mom and baby seems almost magical and impenetrable.
Naming your baby is one of the rites of passage of becoming new parents. Choosing a name is a special gift that will travel with your child through life. Many parents choose to name their babies after beloved people in their families, favourite characters from books and movies, or based on some other reminder that is unique and memorable.
Many women in our Medela Canada Facebook community are first-time moms who want to do everything “right” when it comes to raising their new babies. At the same time, they worry there are many aspects of motherhood that are completely new to them. It is natural to want to do the best for your baby, starting right from day one – but often it is better not to be too prepared.
Hello my love,
You have finally gone back to sleep after an hour of breastfeeding, changing, hugging, soothing our beautiful little baby. I am quite honestly in awe. I admit that just as you suspected, I slept through the first 30 minutes. However, I woke up in a daze when I heard you have a little cry and sigh as you snuggled back to sleep.
Toddlerhood is a time of innocence, wonder, and growth for children and their parents. It also poses some unique and often frustrating challenges. The toddler years are a time of great cognitive, emotional and social development, so there is a lot of energy and enthusiasm – to put it mildly!
You spend nine months planning, reading, preparing and imagining what life will be like with a new baby. Then when the birth is in the rear view mirror (and you did great!) you have this new little being in your arms and life suddenly gets a little bit more hectic, intense, joyous, and at times even a bit overwhelming!
When you are still holding your tiny breastfeeding baby in your arms, the start of school might seem like the furthest thing from your mind. However, the truth is, many parents start their children on the path toward formal academic instruction at one year old or even earlier.
Without a doubt, the topic that understandably inspires the most intense emotion among parents is how to get a baby to sleep! We have written a few other articles on babies’ sleep problems. Finding sleep solutions is a big issue for many moms, and there is truthfully no single right answer or approach. Different moms have different ways of trying to soothe their babies or get their babies to go back to sleep after waking up during the night, but one of the other important areas to think about is how to help your baby make an easier transition between daytime activities and night. Babies stressed and overwhelmed by “transition times” between different environments and types of activities can be especially evident at bedtime.
Mothers try their very best to appear to be in control of their lives. They are warriors confronting all the challenges of their new role and showing confidence in spite of insecurity. They deal with contradictions and manifest skills and capabilities they never ever thought possible. They try to breastfeed as if they had been doing it forever, and reassure everyone that they “have everything under control.”
The love between a mom and her baby is pure and unconditional. It is without limitations or requirements. Even when children do things that push the limits of patience and logic, mothers still love them with all their heart.