You’re a new mom! Congratulations! Motherhood can bring so much joy and fun into your life, but it can also bring stress and exhaustion that needs to be managed. Having a child changes you in every way. So, how do you overcome the challenges of being a new mom and making it through?
It depends on whom you ask. The moment your baby is home, it will seem like everyone and their mother will have a few words of wisdom for you. But who’s right? Who do you listen to? There is no right answer: you simply need to figure out which pieces of advice work best for you. But, in an effort to make it a little easier to handle, here’s a little survival guide ranging in tips on how to care for your baby to taking care of you all during this incredible transition period.
Ask for help
The best thing you can do is to ask for help. It is impossible for you to do it all – midnight feedings, baby care, work, house cleaning, and more – there are not enough hours in the day sometimes. There is nothing wrong in asking for help when you feel like you just can’t do anymore. In fact, it’s best to ask for help before you get to that stage. If grandma or dad offers to help – let them!
Yes, those tiny little outfits are adorable! And, especially if this is your first baby, you will have a ton! The trick is not to really cut the tags off or wash any of those clothes until the baby is born. Your doctor may tell you at the last sonogram that you’re looking at a six-pound baby but at delivery you might get surprised with nine-pounds! You may not end up using any of the newborn clothes – it would be shame to have all that go to waste.
At first, it may seem a little awkward to put a diaper on your baby, but you’ll quickly get the hang of it (fortunately there are plenty of videos on YouTube to help). However, as your kid gets a little bigger, he or she will be able to flop around, making it downright hard to get a diaper on! What do you do? Keep board books, teethers, and other small toys nearby.
Every new mom can’t make her own baby food and store-bought baby food costs can quickly add up. What to do? Check the website of your favorite baby food brand and check out their rebates section. Keep an eye out for coupons and cash back deals for baby items at your local grocery store.
Exercise when you can
Do you have too many things piled up at the end of the day? Why not exercise in the morning, before everyone else gets up? You’ll feel refreshed and ready to go. If that doesn’t work, consider some quick 15-minute yoga sessions throughout the day?
Remember to eat
If you’ve ever had a busy day, you know that it’s easy to forget lunch. If you’re nursing, you must remember to keep yourself nourished. Snack on veggies, whole grains, and other healthy snacks. Keep your energy up!