Being a new mom is like running a marathon with no training. There are simply things you can never know before they happen, no matter how much research you do or how much advice friends and family give you. That marathon can leave a lot of women lacking confidence in their abilities as a new mom. However, rest assured, every single new mom goes through the same thing, and some days you've got to take a few steps to increase your confidence as a new mom.
Much of being a new mom is just trial and error, on repeat, all day long. If you're a results-based person, like I am, all that trial and error just feels like failure after failure to get your kid to eat or sleep or stay calm and seem happy. After a few weeks of being a mom, my confidence was shot. Not because I was doing a bad job, but because I wasn't used to the constant problem solving. It just felt like I wasn't succeeding. I've never been the type to really enjoy the journey more than the destination, but parenthood was certainly a crash course in that theory. When I started to embrace those little "failures" as par for the motherhood course, my confidence increased tremendously.
Of course, there are things you can do to boost your confidence as a new mom today, while you wait for that bigger lesson to take root tomorrow. From taking a slow stroll around the block to unfollowing a few of those seemingly super moms from your Instagram (at least temporarily), the following tips are instant mom-confidence boosters.