I have learned first hand that becoming a mother for the first time is no easy task. I knew having a baby wouldn't be easy from the beginning, but you can't quite grasp the feeling until you have fully experienced it. While I was on maternity leave, I felt like I was going to lose my mind. Only sleeping about 2 hours at a time, trying to calm a crying baby when you have no idea what's wrong, trying to get the hang of breastfeeding and going through all that pain, and even just trying to find time to eat myself was a challenge. The list goes on and on, and if you're a new mom, you know what I'm talking about!
I've listed some of my top favorite tips in order to keep your sanity with your newborn. I hope this can help other new moms out there that suffered with the same issues I did!
- Don't be afraid to seek help: This tip was my savior. Even if you're a breastfeeding mom, that doesn't mean you have to do it all! Have your spouse do the diaper changes, or clean the house and do the dishes/laundry. I'm lucky to have a guy who will happily do all of that for me, but even if it's one of your family members or even a friend. A little bit of help goes a long way and will certainly keep you from breaking down or going crazy!
- Relax! As crazy as it seems, your baby will usually know how you're feeling (especially if you're breastfeeding). Stressing out can make your baby cry uncontrollably, and when you don't know why they're crying, this can make you even more stressed! So try and relax (when you relax, baby relaxes) and enjoy this time you have with your new baby.
- Make time for yourself: I cannot stress this enough! Once you have a baby you feel like you'll never have a life again! I felt like I'd never leave the house. Even if it's just going outside for a few minutes to get some fresh air, or taking a relaxing bath. A little bit can definitely help to keep your sanity!
- Make time for you and your spouse: Along with making time for yourself, your relationship is just as important. You'll find yourself so hung up on your adorable new baby that sometimes you'll find your relationship has been set aside. Have a family or friend watch the baby for a night so you two can have a romantic date night.
- Accept that the first few weeks are the worst: There's no sugar coating this one folks. Usually the first 2-4 weeks are the worst, recovering from labor, trying to get the hang of breastfeeding, not ever sleeping, problems facing your baby, postpartum hormones, and even mixed emotions upon becoming a mother. Understand that EVERY new mom goes through this, and that there's light at the end of the tunnel! Know that no matter what, you have a bundle of joy that puts all their trust in you and loves you no matter what. :) Just enjoy your new beautiful life with your new baby!
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