The period after your baby is born is a happy yet frequently terrifying time for the new mother. If this is your first child, congratulations on entering a whole new world of diapers, crying and sleepless nights. No matter how many parenting books you read, nothing really prepares you for the actual thing.
After the excitement of bringing your baby home dies down, you might start to feel lost and overwhelmed with your new responsibilities. Not to worry, we list things you should do that’s a great start to your parenting journey...
1. Limit the number of visitors
Do not feel pressured to invite all your friends and family over immediately after you deliver. Take it slow and invite them over only when you are feeling comfortable enough to entertain them and introduce the newest edition to your family. As your little one’s immunity is not very strong yet either, it might be a good idea to limit the number of people who comes into contact with him for the first few weeks or so.
2. Take loads of pictures
Once your sweetie is older, you’ll never get the chance to take pictures your swaddled bundle sleeping soundly in his baby cot again. With the advancement of technology, your mobile phone should be able to take clear pictures, so make use of this function to capture as many treasured moments as you can! Forget a full face of makeup for these simple pictures. You in a ratty T-shirt with weird stains and a bare face is good enough. When you look back at these pictures in the future, you will be reminded of the challenges you braved through in the early days of motherhood. Plus, junior will appreciate being able to reminisce with you about past times over these snaps.
Take this time to get acquainted with your baby because before you know it, you’ll be back in the office.
3. Don’t forget to take tons of videos, too
If a picture is worth a thousand words, then a video is worth a million. While photographs are great at freezing a special moment that’s otherwise lost forever, a video can capture what happened before, during and after that moment. Even a video of your angel sleeping will become a cherished memory in the future.
4. Do your research
What to do when your baby starts crying? How do you tell if he is sick or just hungry? Most answers can be found online, all you have to do is to type your questions on your browser. While not everything you read online is true, the information you find on reputable sources should give you a better idea of how to cope with junior. And since every infant behaves differently, always rely on your mum instincts.
5. Treasure your maternity leave
Maternity leave is for you to recuperate after giving birth, as well as to take care and bond with your babe. Your hormones will be all over the place after birth, so don’t stress yourself more by being in a rush to return to work. The break will benefit your mental health in the long run, too. Take this time to get acquainted with your baby because before you know it, you’ll be back in the office.
6. Replenish your nutrients
Having a baby in your belly for nine months will definitely take a toll on your body, so make sure to replenish the nutrients you have lost during your pregnancy! Foods rich in iron and omega-3 such as lean red meat, sunflower seeds, salmon and yoghurt will be good for you. Drink lots of water, too, as this will help boost the production of breastmilk.
7. Focus on your baby and yourself
The dirty dishes and pile of clothes can wait. Don’t stress yourself trying to keep your house in tiptop condition. You should learn to live with a messy home now that you have a needy baby to care for. Zoom in on your baby and yourself and seize this opportunity to spend quality time with bubba. Take this chance to get acquainted with all his little quirks and enjoy skin-to-skin contact. If the mess bothers you, consider hiring someone to help with the household chores.
Widen your circle of friends and get to know other mums… You can bond over baby’s firsts, birth stories and problems!
8. Get out of the house
Traditions state that a new mum should stay at home for a period of at least 30 days before going out. Yet, being cooped up at home all day may give you cabin fever. You can actually start going out for walks ― just avoid engaging in strenuous activities and be careful to avoid crowded places as bubba’s immunity is still weak!
9. Meet up with your best friend
Who said that you’ll have to give up your social life after becoming a mother? Taking care of a newborn is tiring, but sometimes, you just need me-time to unwind and give your brain a break from thinking about the baby. Get together with your best friend and catch up on one another’s life. When you guys part ways, you will feel refreshed and ready to tackle whatever bubba throws at you.
10. Make new friends
Widen your circle of friends and get to know other mums! If you are attending babycare lessons, introduce yourself to the other parents there. As you are all going through the same experience, it will be easier to strike up a conversation. You can bond over baby’s firsts, birth stories and problems! You may even learn a few tips and tricks from the other women.
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