4 Ways To Make Your Life Easier As A New Mum
Your baby is of course a real blessing to you, but let’s be honest: It’s not always sunshine and rainbows. Yes, you will have many magical experiences, but there will also be days when you’re frustrated, tired, and in need of some sleep. You will be on an emotional rollercoaster ride, with days where you are on tremendous highs, and other days when you might feel more than a little low.
Welcome to parenting then, although there are things you can do to make your life easier during those first few months of motherhood. Here are a few suggestions we hope you find useful.
1: Give your baby a comfortable sleeping environment
Unfortunately, your sleeping pattern is going to change when you have a baby in your life, so don’t expect your usual 8-9 hours of sleep a night. However, if you can make your baby’s sleeping environment comfortable for them, you will have a better chance of more sleep during the night (and during the day).
This begins with the cradle you buy them, as well as the mattress and bedding that they will be sleeping in. Check out this baby cradle guide for more advice on this. The second thing is the room itself. If they have their own room, you should darken it as much as possible, so consider blackout curtains or any alternative that won’t let a lot of light in. It’s also worth buying a white noise machine, as this can block out any noise that might distract or wake your baby up. By taking steps such as these, your baby should sleep for longer, and consequently, so should you.
2: Make proper food choices
It can be difficult making healthy food decisions when you’re sleep-deprived and in need of a sugar rush. However, you should avoid the lure of any type of junk food, not only because of the nutritional needs of your baby if you’re breastfeeding, but because you need to care for your own wellbeing too. If you can incorporate healthy swaps into your routine, you will feel more energised and have the greater ability to handle the needs of your baby.
To help you make proper food choices, prepare and freeze meals when you get the opportunity, as you will be less tempted to opt for microwave meals when you’re feeling tired. Purchase plenty of fresh and healthy snacks at the supermarket too, and resist the urge to stock up on chocolate bars and bags of crisps. By eating healthily, you will have the energy you need to cope with your daily to-do lists, and you will be less cranky with the people around you.
3: Draw on your support network
There’s nothing wrong with asking for help, so don’t assume you are less of a mum by doing so. There will be times when you need that extra assistance, perhaps because you need advice on something, or because you need somebody to give you respite for a couple of hours.
So, work out a schedule with your partner, and make sure they take on their share of the baby-caring responsibilities. Call on your parents or in-laws too, and ask them to take baby off your hands when you’re in need of some shut-eye. And be sure to call on the services of healthcare professionals, be that for advice on your own health or the health of your baby. No mum is an island, so you don’t have to cope alone. Reach out to others and benefit from their support.
4: Download an app (or two)
Now is the time to make space on your phone for a few parenting apps, so delete anything that is no longer needed, and download some of these apps for new mums. There is everything here, from feed tracking apps to apps that will let you connect with other mums. There are also apps that will entertain your baby, so you won’t have to come up with new and inventive ways to keep them occupied every day of the week. Click on the link and then scroll through your app store for any other apps that could make your life a whole lot easier.
These are just a few of the things you can do to make your life easier as a new mum. So, after admitting to yourself that yes, parenting can be challenging, follow our suggestions. By doing so, you will overcome many of the obstacles that new mums often face, and you will have more time to enjoy your life as a parent!
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