Boosting a New Mummy’s Confidence

Becoming a parent, especially for the first time, is a huge lifestyle change. Suddenly being responsible for such a lively – and adorable – little bundle of joy can be overwhelming, and it’s easy for a new mummy to feel overwhelmed. After the fuss of the first few days dies down, the realisation that life will never be the same again kicks in.

As amazing as the job of being a mamma is, a common fear for new parents is that they’ll lose their own identity, which isn’t particularly welcomed. Finding a balance between being at the little one’s beck and call and being ‘yourself’ isn’t easy, but there are a few steps of a new baby is baffling enough, however it’s the competitive parents that can be taken to blend the old identity into the new.

The barrage of advice that accompanies the announcement that can really cause grief. Baby groups are brilliant but can quickly seem like an informal pushchair competition. Remember that babies just need to be warm, dry, well fed and well loved: your baby will never care if it’s sat in a second hand pushchair.

Attempting to buy every gadget going will only cause hassle and an empty bank balance. Learning to relax and only buy what’s essential will stop that horrible feeling of competitive parenting, removing another common cause of stress. However, there is no denying that just buying the essentials is an expensive job, so it’s worth buying good value items, though not necessarily the cheapest.

For any glamour puss who’s used to carrying an IT bag not a nappy bag, invest in a practical but gorgeous designer changing bag. Leather changing bags toshow how it’s possible to combine practicality with good looks: every new mother’s dream!

Making time for a daily shower, and ensuring the wardrobe’s stocked with comfortable but fashionable nursing clothes tempts tired newbies out of the familiar trap of a comfy bed or sofa, and encourages mum to start getting out and about, regaining her independence. Those first few trips out with baby are scary, but trying new things little by little means outings to a favourite coffee shop, or visiting friends, are no longer in the past.

Finally, never underestimate the power of a good pair of earplugs. Not only will they allow for some decent sleep when someone else is on baby watch, but they can also be popped in whenever anyone feels the need to be critical – silence is golden.