May 14, 2019
Being a mother for the first time has its challenges, such as juggling various roles and thinking about the welfare of her new born child. Understandably, some new moms panic as soon as their baby cries and get wary about giving the right amount of care and attention. But the struggles, according to new moms Babyflo gathered in time for Mother’s Day, are incomparable to the joys of blissed-out cuddles, first smiles and that sweet new baby scent.
And because motherhood goes beyond the mom’s special day every second Sunday of May, here are valuable parenting tips and realizations that worked for first time moms.
It’s okay to make mistakes
“It is okay to cry. It is okay to make mistakes. It is okay to be tired. Breathe and kapag di na kaya, call your mom! (Ask help from your mom). It’s okay to put your crying baby down and take a moment for yourself to breathe,” said celebrity mom-preneur Neri Naig-Miranda who has a two-year-old boy.
Postpartum Depression (PPD) is a real thing
“To know that PPD is real, so remember to accept any help that is being given so you can also go out and do a little something for yourself too. All children deserve the chance to have a healthy mom, and all moms deserve the chance to enjoy their life and their children,” shared celebrity host and mom of two, Iya Villania-Arellano.
Don’t be afraid of the process
“Just take it easy, have patience and enjoy it. You don’t need to rush everything. They grow up fast, so spend more time with them and cherish every moment. And lastly, do not hesitate to ask for help! Your family is your biggest support system,” imparted Rina Magsaysay, sales specialist with a two-year-old girl.
Respect their pace
“We should respect our children as unique individuals and understand that all grow and develop at their own pace,” said Edvie Mae Valencia Baral, teacher and single mom with three kids.
Find the right balance between profession and parenthood
“It’s not easy balancing work and mommy duties. Being a full-time working mom can lead to feelings of guilt and stress because of divided attention between work and family. Well, what I can say is that the key is to focus on a plan, get organized, and find the right balance between profession and parenthood,” shared Gie Sarmiento, brand manager with a one-year-old boy.
“I stay focused on the things I need to accomplish at work so I can leave as planned at the end of the day. I always make sure to get connected during the day by checking and video messaging my baby at home during breaks at work. Once I am home, I make sure I get to spend quality time with my baby especially enjoying our bedtime/storytime routine,” she added.
Have your go-to ‘mom hack’
“For me, always have an extra pair of clothes and diapers. I keep one in my car and another in the bag that I carry. Even if you carry a big diaper bag, you know how messy toddlers can get. And also baby wipes. Indeed, motherhood entails a lot of sacrifices. In these moments, the joy of being a mother overcomes all hardships. Let us show the love and care that every mom needs,” Priscilla Marie Orfanel, sales specialist with an 18-month-old baby.
“During bath time, combing the hair while rinsing shampoo or conditioner helps untangle hair easily. At the toy store, I let them hold two toys at a time. Whenever they want another toy they have to choose and let go of the other. Before going to the cashier, I ask them to decide which toy to buy. They need to choose only one. I let them decide on their own. Also, during long travels, I have diapers and ziplocks ready in case any of the kids throw up,” Lorrie Ann Mascenon, working single mom with two kids finally noted.
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