The first six weeks home with your baby are incredibly exciting, a little terrifying, and definitely sleep-deprived. Our main piece of advice is to stay positive. you’ve brought a new life into this world, and that’s a huge achievement. Be proud of yourself! That being said, the next six weeks offer some tough challenges as you get used to life with your newborn.
Here are our top five tips to help you survive and thrive the first six weeks at home with baby.
1. Practice some tunnel vision. For now, all that matters is you and your baby. Resist the temptation to compare yourself to what other mothers are doing, and trust that you are doing it right. Going at your own pace and recognising your own milestones means you can genuinely be happy with your own achievements, rather than worrying that you’re falling short.
2. When you’re at a loss: be mindful. Focus on your breathing, make checklists of the things you want to accomplish that day, and look back on the experiences you thought you couldn’t get through, and successfully overcame. It’s all too easy to think about the negatives, but you’ve produced a human life – everything else should be a piece of cake in comparison!
3. Learn to say yes. If a family member offers to babysit or tidy the house, or even cook you dinner, your go-to response should be yes, please. We often think we can manage alone, but having someone there to help can be a huge comfort. Trust us, you’ll be glad you did.
4. Know when to just say no. On the flip side, something a lot of us are guilty of is not taking other people’s situations into consideration. You and your baby take top priority, so if someone or something else is putting too much on your plate, it’s completely normal and acceptable to kindly decline.
5. Routine, routine, routine – following a daily routine will not only be beneficial for you, but for baby as well. Having an order to your day will make this wildly new and exciting experience a bit easier. Make sure you’re eating plenty of fresh fruit and veg, drinking enough water, and getting fresh air at least twice a day. Sunlight, hydration and the right nutrients will fuel your body, so you’re healthy, happy and fit enough to look after your little one.
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