Being a new mom is an exciting time in your life and a transition period to look forward to. Even if you’re nervous, all of that will subside as soon as you’re holding your baby and seeing their smiling face.
While the newborn stage can be challenging, there are tips you can apply that will help you not only survive but thrive through it. The following advice will aid you in knowing where to focus your time and energy and what actions will have the greatest impact and allow you to attend to all your responsibilities while still staying level-headed.
Prepare the Necessities
It’s wise to work ahead and prepare all the necessities in advance before the baby arrives. However, don’t worry because you can always order or buy what you need once the baby arrives too. Get through the newborn stage successfully by staying organized and investing in products and items that will help you as a new mom. For instance, it’s wise to have a bassinet on hand, plenty of clothes and diapers, and Baby Massage Oil for when you need to calm your baby before bed or when he or she has an upset stomach. Read up on the must-haves and then make sure your house is ready to go with these necessities.
Establish A Routine
It’s also a wise idea to establish a routine right from the start as you work on getting through the newborn stage. As a new mom, you and the baby are both trying to figure each other out and your surroundings but having a routine will help bring some stability to both of your worlds. Try your best to get your baby into a sleep schedule as early on as possible and figure out feedings and playtime throughout the day. A routine will help you have a better flow to your day and you’ll both start knowing what to expect and when.
Ask for & Seek Help
Avoid trying to take on all the work and tasks yourself as a new mom. Although you’re the mother, it doesn’t mean that the people around you can’t be useful as you try to adapt to the newborn stage. Reach out and discuss and divide up responsibilities with your spouse and take any friends or family members up on their offer to step in and help with whatever you may need. You risk burnout and being crabby if you’re attempting to care for your baby and the household alone.
Get Some Sleep & You Time
You must take care of yourself and commit to participating in daily self-care activities if you want to be at your best for your baby and family. One tip for new moms that will help you get through the newborn stage is to make sure you sleep when the baby sleeps and that you schedule in some “you” time each day. It doesn’t have to be complicated or overly involved but just so you can get a break from caring for your baby and have some time to clear your mind and attend to your needs and well-being.