Caring for a new baby can be an exhausting experience. For most new parents, sleep deprivation is a common problem, so taking care of a baby is a challenge that can seriously test both parents’ limits. You can take better care of yourself and your infant with these few simple tips.
If you’re healthy your baby will be healthier too
If you take care of yourself and maintain good health, your family will be healthier too. Experts recommend that new moms focus on good nutrition, eating fruits and veggies and drinking plenty of water. You’ll have time to loose that extra baby weight. After having your baby, eat well balanced meals and mix up a healthy smoothie. Good nutrition helps produce good breast milk which will give baby a healthy start.
Take turns caring for the baby at night
Chronic sleep deprivation can be a challenging problem for parents to deal with. Lack of sleep can affect your memory, mood and the ability to focus on basic tasks. Parents can help each other get enough sleep by taking turns caring for the baby at night. Nursing moms can pump a bottle the evening before so dad can feed baby at night. Also during the day it’s helpful for moms to sleep when baby sleeps.
Accept help when you can
It can be very overwhelming to have a baby and accomplish all the subsequent tasks. Moms can benefit from accepting help from a grandparent, a friend or even a neighbor. Having someone else to rely on doesn’t mean you are a bad parent. Everybody needs a helping hand sometimes.
Hire a babysister, take a break and plan a date
Hiring a babysitter can help relieve your baby-related stress and give you the opportunity to spend some time with your partner. It’s especially important to continue building your relationship with your significant other once the baby is born. A strong family relationship is an important part of taking care of your infant and your emotional health.
It’s ok to make mistakes
New parents commonly fear they are doing things the wrong way. It will take time for you to get used to your new schedule and responsibilities of taking care of your baby. Your baby will be fine and you will get into your own groove. You can find ways of how to make the infant’s days easier and make memories along the way!
Enjoy your new bundle of joy
Being a parent is a full-time job and a wonderful stage of life that will change with time. Enjoy the early days as much as you can. Don’t stress over small things. Take pictures and videos and remember to stop and simply watch your little bundle of joy.
Hi, I’m Katie! I live with my husband and 3 kids in beautiful Coeur d’Alane, Idaho. I love Jesus, coffee, DIY projects, photography, homeschooling my kids, traveling, and serving people. I’ve previously worked as a graphic designer, web designer, journalist and barista. I started Create. Play. Travel. to share some of our creative projects and family adventures. I hope you enjoy the highlights of our creative family life!