Support for New Moms
New Mom Support System
According to Kaboose.com there are some simple guidelines to making the life of a new mom easier. One is to have a good support system in place when bringing the new baby home. With extended families living in different states, sometimes having a close relative on hand by telephone is the best option. Knowing that you can call your own mom in the middle of the night will ease the new mom's worried mind. A good friend or co-worker who has gone through the experience will be great to talk to about concerns. Lots of cities now have new moms groups online that have loads of support and ideas.
For the new mom who wants to get out and enjoy fresh air with the baby, a baby sling allows the mom to keep the baby close to her heart while freeing her hands. It is great for strolling around the neighborhood and visiting the neighbors who want to see the baby. One benefit is that others can look at the new baby, but not hold or touch the baby, which is helpful to prevent the spread of germs.
The Baby Pacifier
Cookiemag.com has some good tips about parenting and handling difficult situations and topics of discussion for the new mom. Many babies use pacifier to soothe them, especially if they are fussy babies. As the baby grows, the pacifier may become an item of comfort, such as a favorite blanket or fuzzy animal. But the child may become dependent on this comfort item and go through distress when the item is removed. Cookiemag.com suggests that it is best to take the pacifier away around the first birthday, as it is easier for a baby to part with it than a strong-willed toddler. Parents should find alternative ways to calm the child when trying to wean from the pacifier. Divert attention to a favorite video or story book.
Giving cow's milk to a child is a very hot topic among new moms. There are alternatives for moms who have concerns about hormones and antibiotics in cow's milk. Soy milk is popular, but there is controversy over the phytoestrogen levels of soy when feeding to boys. Also, soy milk is thin and bland, so many doctors recommend giving a child no more than two servings of soy daily.
Almond milk is full of calcium and has beneficial fat, but is not for the child with allergies to nuts. It also has less than half the protein as cow's milk. Rice milk is also low in protein, so it may be better for older children who get their protein from other sources.
Review milk alternatives carefully to ensure that the baby is getting all nutrients and vitamins required to be healthy. Locally produced milk that is hormone-free from grass-fed cows may be more expensive, but is a good alternative for baby.