Survival tips for new mums
Bringing home a new baby is exciting, amazing, adorable and often terrifying. There are so many new things to learn, and suddenly you are completely responsible for a very small, very helpless person. It’s not surprising that many of us find the experience to be overwhelming. Here are five tips that will help you survive those first few tumultuous months of learning your new role.
Do things in bulk – When there’s a new baby in the house, days can seem to both simultaneously be over in minutes and drag on for days. There never seems to be enough time to do any of the household chores, as well as look after your baby and yourself. By cooking double batches of meals (one to freeze), having enough baby clothes, nursing bras and comfortable clothes to last a couple of days mean you only have to do things once to last a couple of days.
Sleep when baby’s sleeping – Everyone always says this, but most new mums don’t do it. Don’t be tempted to play on Facebook, do some chores or move your furniture. Buy a baby monitor that works well and go to bed. Babies don’t care that you’re tired and they won’t just let you have a nap later on when it suits you.
Don’t stress the small stuff – Turn off your inner perfectionist. Things will go wrong. Things won’t get done and things will be messy. If someone’s concerned about the state of your house (or your hair) invite them to do something about it.
Get comfortable – Have comfortable clothing to wear, I could often be found in my maternity pyjamas (usually a clean pair) in the first few weeks on pregnancy. Get dressed in clean clothes (or sleepwear) and get comfortable.
Ask for help – And finally, ask for help. If you don’t have family or friends you can count on, there are lots of professional and community places that can help you out. And usually when there’s a newborn in the house, people can’t resist.