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My Experience as a New First Time Mom


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My Experience as a New First Time Mom | Baby & Beyond

When I was expecting, I had joined a prenatal class and on the first day of class, the instructor asked us which that defining moment is when a woman starts to feel like a mother. Is it when we see those two pink lines, when we hear our baby’s heartbeat for the first time, when we see that first fuzzy image on the ultrasound, in the delivery room when we hear that first cry, or when we hold our babies for the first time?

 

For me, I think that the maternal instinct had kicked in much before any of these. It’s hard to explain, but even before I officially found out that I was pregnant, somewhere in me I could almost feel it. I used to travel to work by rickshaw in those days and I remember protectively putting a hand over my belly every time the rickshaw went over a pothole. I had said no to a glass of wine weeks before I even took a pregnancy test.

 

My Experience as a New First Time Mom | Baby & Beyond

My Experience as a New First Time Mom | Baby & Beyond

This is what we moms do. We instinctively feel protective towards our babies. Till the time I delivered, I took great care of my health to ensure my baby was fine too. But what happened once my baby was born? That protective instinct kicked up tenfold. I’m sure most of you have heard the saying that having a baby is like having a piece of your heart living outside your body. How do you protect a piece of yourself when it is no longer a part of you?

 

Having a baby is like having a piece of your heart living outside your body. How do you protect a piece of yourself when it is no longer a part of you?

 

Thankfully I had an easy delivery a healthy baby. The first few days in the nursing home went off smoothly. But when it was time to go home, I started panicking as any first-time new mom would. I was paranoid about everything from how to change diapers to how to give my baby a bath. And a few days after we went home, we had our first scare. My baby had developed a rash. We rushed to the paediatrician who told us that our baby had sensitive skin and we had to take special precautions for him.

 

During my pregnancy, I had put in immense research and bought a huge bag of baby essentials from some of the best international brands. To my shock, the paediatrician told me to keep all of them away from my baby and find natural alternatives. Thus began my search for natural, gentle products – everything from soap, shampoo, lotion, oil, wipes and even diapers.

 

We switched to cloth nappies and diapers and used coconut oil instead of diaper rash cream. But we we still had to be extra careful while cleaning him in between diaper changes too. At home we only used cotton with water, but while traveling we often switched to wipes for convenience. Prolonged use of wipes would cause a reaction on his skin again. The reason being that most baby wipes in the market contain polyester (something I was completely unaware of before my paediatrician told me this) which can irritate the baby’s delicate skin.

 

I wish at that time we had the option of water-based wipes as we do now with Mother Sparsh, India’s #firstwaterwipes. The next best thing to cotton  (a plant based material) and water is a wipe made with plant-based fabric and 98% water. These wipes are parabens-free, alcohol-free, pH balanced and hypo-allergenic. Best of all, they are completely polyester-free.

 

My experience as a new first time mom | Baby & Beyond

 

Being a new #firsttimemom is a wonderful and exciting experience, but at the same time it is a time of uncertainty and anxiety, realizing that every choice you make from now on will have an impact on this tiny little being who holds a piece of your heart. I would urge every new mom to research what actually goes into the products they are buying for their newborns and only then make informed choices.

 

Being a new #firsttimemom is a wonderful and exciting experience, but at the same time it is a time of uncertainty and anxiety, realizing that every choice you make from now on will have an impact on this tiny little being

 


Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Mother Sparsh but the views expressed here are my own.

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  1. Supriya said on November 16, 2018 5:23 pm:

    Same thing happened with me.I could feel that I am going to have a baby long before the official tests. Mom’s instincts

    1. Baby & Beyond said on November 16, 2018 5:36 pm:

      Yes I really believe that maternal instinct kicks in much before baby is born