Being a good mother to your baby can be a challenging task. Being a good mother does not begin when the baby is born, it starts the moment that the baby is conceived. From the moment of conception, the care of the mother, and the care of the baby are one and the same. If you care for your baby, then you must care for you. If you want to be a good mother for your baby, then you must be good to yourself as well.
Taking care of yourself does not mean spas and shopping sprees, although none of that is bad if you can afford it. Taking care of your self begins and ends with good mental and physical health. You must begin by kicking those bad habits that harm your body such as smoking, drinking, or illegal drugs. These things harm your body and therefore harm the baby growing inside as well. Once the baby is born, the smoking, drinking, and illegal drug activity should remain out of your life since you do not want to expose the baby to those things. If you are breastfeeding, then all of the things you put into your body, good or bad, will still be going into the baby’s body.
Nutrition and exercise are also very important factors into being a good mother for that growing baby. By providing good nutrition and proper exercise for your self, then you can rest assured that you are giving your baby the best chance to succeed. Remember, what goes in you, goes in your baby.
Once the baby is born, the real work begins. This is when being a good mother is vital to the success and happiness of the baby. Being a good mother at this point means not ignoring the baby and failing to provide the baby with the basic necessities, but rather enriching the life of the baby with fun filled activities and stimulation. With a little common sense, the raising of the baby, while not easy, will not be as daunting of a task as it seems and you will be a great mother to your baby.
Babies have a few basic needs, food, water, a clean diaper, a warm bed, and tons of love. Babies need stimulation to help their brains grow. This stimulation can come from simple contact between mother and baby, interactive toys and hearing the mother talk. This all seems like a huge amount of work. However, it is a labor of love and easier than one thinks. While food and diapers, especially diapers, can be frustrating at times, it is necessary for the survival of the baby. The love is the easy part.
Showing a baby love is what separates the good mothers from the great mothers. Great mothers love their babies more than they love anything else in the world. They go to great lengths to provide that baby with all of the affection and stimulation that the baby needs to grow healthy and confident. By loving your baby, you too can be a great mother to your baby.