There’s no doubt that as soon as you discovered you’re pregnant, you started to hoard up all the books and magazines related to pregnancy and parenting. This is more than natural for any new mom-to-be as they’d want to know what changes are taking place inside their bodies, what to expect as they progress in their pregnancy, and lastly, what to do when their baby arrives.
Life with a newborn can be just as overwhelming as it is beautiful. It’s normal to wonder if there are any hacks or tricks that can make your life with a newborn a whole lot easier.
Stress no more, we’ve got you covered.
Read ahead for some tried and tested tricks to make your “fourth trimester” a walk in the park:
- Don’t keep your little one awake for too long. It is an assumption that babies fall asleep on their own when they’re tired. However, if they’re too tired or overstimulated, they may not go to sleep. It’s important to ensure that your baby is not awake for more than 2 hours in a row, especially for the first few months.
- If your house has multiple floors, it’s recommended that you set up a diaper changing station on each floor.
- Get referrals for a lactation consultant from your friends, well in advance of your due date. It’s better to have this information handy for when your baby arrives so that you don’t have to scramble around for contacts and information later on.
- Install as many streaming apps as possible on your phone. You’re going to need those for entertainment during those 2 am feeds.
- If you’re pumping for the first time, the best time to do it is in the morning right after the first feed of the day. This is when most women produce more milk. Head to Mothercare Online and explore a variety of breastfeeding products to help make the process smooth for both you and your baby.
- On some days, you will be so overwhelmed and tired that a bath will not be possible, and that’s okay. On such days, it’s best to use dry shampoo to keep your hair looking fresh.
- Push yourself to befriend a few fellow mommies. It may be difficult if you’re an introvert, but it is really helpful.
- It’s recommended to wear your baby in a carrier while you check the house chores off your to-do list. It will help you get work done much quicker while also keeping your baby close.
- Use apps to track your baby’s feeding and pooping patterns. Most paediatricians want to know how much and how frequently your baby eats, how often they pee and poop. Your busy schedules may make it hard for you to remember all of these details. Therefore, using an app to keep track of all this can come in handy.
- Considering your baby has been snuggled up in your womb for the last 9 months, it’s only fair that they sleep the same way now that they’re out. Swaddling the baby is the best way to get them to sleep comfortably.
All babies are different and all moms have their own individual methods of perfecting mommyhood. There is no one right way to do it. Experiment with these tips the best way you can and follow your instincts.