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This is how long it takes to ‘master’ motherhood, claims study

We all have parenting days when we think ‘I’ve mastered this’, and we also have days when nothing seems to be going our way – especially in the early days!

So, is there a time when new mums become more confident?

A new study reveals there is…

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62% of mums surprised how long it took to ‘master’ motherhood

A study was conducted by market research company OnePoll in conjunction with Store Brand Formula in the U.S., examining the confidence levels of 2,000 new mums.

62% of these mums admitted they were surprised by the amount of time it took before they felt they’d got the hang of motherhood, with the time it takes getting used to it being a big factor, as well as a routine.

Things like being able to know why their baby is crying, and what each cry means, helped boost their confidence, the survey results reveal.

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Mums admitted to lying about how long baby slept at night

However, many also admitted to feeling judged as they found their feet. One in five new mums revealed they lied about their baby sleeping through the night, hitting a developmental milestone (18%) or when they gave up breastfeeding (9%).

It turns out, more than half of those women studied (53%) said the first few months of their baby’s life passed by in a blur, as they were busy focused worrying on things like their baby getting sick or how much to feed their child.

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Mums say they didn’t feel confident enough feeding their baby

33% said they worried about the costs of having a child. 21% said they didn’t feel confident enough when it came to feeding their baby after they left the hospital, and two in three mums ended up moving their baby onto formula in the first year.

Although many mums say they didn’t know how to feed their child formula correctly, with 21% of mums admitting they ended up using more water than required on the instructions.

How long did it take you to feel like you ‘mastered’ motherhood? Do you still feel you’ve got a long way to go? Let us know.

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Jennifer Hartnett

Jennifer is our Senior News Producer with a passion for trending news and lifestyle stories. Jennifer spends the rest of her time running around after her son Kian.