Having a baby is an exciting time in your life, but it’s also quite a challenging one as well. Here’s a few tips that I have based on my own experiences.
- Buy a good quality travel mug. For using at home. Once you’ve had a baby for a few days, you’ll understand why.
- If someone offers to help you, take them up on the offer! It isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s good sense! Even things like doing your dishes, or picking up some groceries can really make all the difference to you in your sleep deprived state. Don’t let pride stop you accepting help.
- Get out of the house regularly. A short walk with the pram does wonders for your mental health. If the weather doesn’t permit walking, then jump in the car and go visit someone or do some window shopping. Nothing will make you feel more isolated than sitting in the house all day with a baby who just eats and sleeps!
- Spend time with other mums in your community. Whether that be through church activities like Parent&Toddler group, or breastfeeding support groups, or mummy exercise classes. There are plenty of choices, you need to get the information about what’s on in your local community.
- Lower your expectations. Parenting skills develop over time. You shouldn’t expect to know everything about babies just because you birthed one! If you are feeding, changing and loving your baby, you’ve made a good start. If you feel you have a gap in your knowledge, just go and research it. Get some books from the library or ask sensible people in your life who have experience in this area.
- Catch up on sleep when you can. Even is if means going for a nap at 2pm rather then doing housework or preparing dinner. Sleep is actually the most important factor in your life at the minute. If you can get enough sleep, even if it’s sporadic, you’ll be able to deal with almost everything else.
I know there are many experienced mums who read the blog, what advice would you have for new mums? Please share in the comments below!