How to Survive Those Early Weeks
Having a new baby in the house is tiring, overwhelming and can leave you feeling there just aren’t enough hours.
Here are a few tips to help ease the challenges of those first few weeks:
Fill your freezer with homemade meals before your due date
Include a variety so you don’t get bored, and avoid very spicy curries that might affect your baby’s tummy if you’re breastfeeding. Things like lasagne are filling for hungry new mums, and are easy to freeze and defrost. Soups are good too, as are pasta sauces.
When you’ve had enough of defrosting and reheating, try simple roasts or one-pot dinners that will provide plenty of nutrients and comfort with little mess or prep time – and, ideally, ask someone else to do it!
If you live in a house, you will find yourself up and down the stairs dozens of times a day – changing nappies, changing clothes, putting baby down for naps, etc. Keeping a changing mat, a small basket of supplies and a pack of nappies will be ideal.
People want to be of help to you, so when they offer, let them! Whether it’s cooking you a meal, tidying up your kitchen or hanging the laundry you’ve left in the washing machine all day – anything that will relieve you of some of the work so you can concentrate on feeding and getting some sleep will benefit you and your baby. And the best cup of tea is one someone else made for you!
Book a coffee date with a friend. Allow enough time for you to be ready, but mid-morning should suffice. And once the coffee is all consumed, you’re dressed for the day and already out, so you might as well take the pram for a stroll or pick up some treats at the shops before you go home.
Set a time each day for a walk with the buggy. A little gentle exercise in these early weeks will do you, and your baby, a world of good. Fresh air, sunshine, a friendly smile from a passerby, and a sleeping baby when you walk in the door will all enhance your mood. When you start to feel stronger and are looking for more ways to work out, there are lots of options that don’t require you spending hours in the gym.
Meet other mothers
Your local mom and baby or breastfeeding group will provide you with much-needed chat and support, so get down there and make a commitment to yourself to attend each week. Your public health nurse will be able to point you in the direction of local groups.
Did you find the early weeks of motherhood hard? What helped you? Leave a comment below and share your tips with other moms