New Mom Guide


New Mom Guide | Des Moines Moms BlogGoing from not being a mom to being a mom is one of the biggest transitions you will ever make. Even though you have 9 months to prepare, in a moment you go from only being responsible for yourself to suddenly caring for a tiny human who is solely dependent on you!

Being a new mom is often equal parts wonderful and terrifying. 

Des Moines Moms Blog is here to support and encourage you in your journey of motherhood. Here are some of our best tips and tricks, honest thoughts, and encouragement for new moms that will hopefully ease your transition into motherhood. You’re not alone! 

And don’t miss our Pregnancy and Postpartum Guide.

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New Mom Must-Haves

Friends are quick to tell you what you need for your baby when you come home from the hospital, but moms need things, too!

Here are the things I think are essential for new moms.

Dear First-Time Mom Kara--CHILL OUT! | Des Moines Moms Blog

Dear First-Time Mom Kara, Chill Out

You will get through this. Life will not always be this hard. You will sleep longer than two hours at a time. Your life will have margin again. You will not be ruled by sleep schedules until your dying day. You will be okay. 

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Becoming a Mom: The Hardest Transition of My Life

Learning to be a mom (not just how to mother) – to live for someone other than myself – to exist for someone else’s existence – was the toughest transition of my life. 

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New Baby Must-Haves From a 4th Time Mom

By your fourth baby, you just know what you need and what is not very useful. I have compiled my list of must-haves and a list of things we can do without.

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Breastfeeding Tips 

I am a huge supporter of breastfeeding… I am not anti-bottle feeding. I am actually PRO making the decision that is right for you and your baby.

I want to encourage those who plan to breastfeed to stick with it and offer some tips that helped me!


5 things no one tells you about breastfeeding

5 Things No One Tells You About Breast Feeding

Little did I know that something that “should” be so natural does not always come naturally. Here’s the simple truth: breastfeeding is a lot of work.

Here is my advice about breast feeding for new and expecting mommas.

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Returning to Work After Maternity Leave

The return to work after maternity leave. 

I’m on my third time through the transition and have had a chance to think more about what it might be helpful to know on your first go round.

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Feeling Lonely in Mesh Underwear: My First Weeks As a New Mom

I vividly remember the first months of motherhood being so lonely for me. My son was born in late December, my husband wasn’t able to take any time off work, and I had no idea what I was doing as a new mother.

Reassurance in the ER: A Story of Postpartum Anxiety | Des Moines Moms Blog

Postpartum Anxiety

Looking back, I can laugh about my worry. But if you are currently experiencing or you have experienced postpartum anxiety, you know it’s no joke. You know that in the moment, you’ll do anything for a little reassurance and guidance to ease your worries.

Bringing Home Baby: 5 Things Your Pediatrician Wants You to Know | Des Moines Moms Blog

Bringing Home Baby: 5 Things Your Pediatrician Wants You to Know

Congratulations! You’re a parent! You’ve had a safe delivery, learned to feed your new arrival, installed the car seat (no small feat), and made it home safely from the hospital. Now what?


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