It’s only natural.
All mums worry.
We worry because we care.
The freak-outs begin from the moment we first hold our babies in our arms (if not before).
But a lot of the time, we really don’t need to be freaking out at all. Read this and calm down.
1. “I’m not responsible enough to keep another human being alive.”
This is a very common early freak-out when you first come home from hospital with a baby. I went through it. But you gradually realise that you are the best parent for your baby and you will often know instinctively what to do. Also, babies are tougher than they look. Remember the babies found alive in the rubble a week after the Mexico earthquake? Your baby will be fine.
2.“I don’t know if I can deal with all that nappy-changing grossness.”
Ah, but you can. When it’s your own baby, it’s not so bad. (Some people even insist their own baby’s poo doesn’t smell as bad to them as other babies’ poo, but I don’t know about that). You will become a nappy-changing expert before you know it.
Hint 1: always point your baby boy’s willy downwards to stop leakage. Hint 2: make sure you have a huge supply of nappies and wipes (you will need way more than you think) and keep them handy. And Hint 3: invest in good quality nappies to help manage leakage - it’s amazing what they have come up with these days… And remember, your baby girl will wee on the change table. Yes, your baby boy will wee on you. Really, it’s kind of funny. Isn’t it?
Just as an FYI, you should know that this post is sponsored by HUGGIES, but all opinions expressed by the author are 100 per cent authentic and written in their own words.
3. “I don’t think my baby is getting enough milk.”
For breastfeeding mums, it can be hard to know exactly what their babies’ intake is. They may be feeding for less time (or more) than you expected. But if your baby is putting on weight and you’re changing at least six wet nappies a day, there’s probably no need to worry.
4. “I can’t believe my daughter just put that filthy toy/shoe/dog toy in her mouth. She’s going to catch some horrible disease.”
I was such a germaphobe with my daughter at first. I would always put a blanket on top of the carpet before I put her down on the floor, as if the carpet couldn’t possibly be clean enough for her. She still put dirty things in her mouth, and she didn’t catch any horrible diseases. And I eventually stopped freaking out.