Becoming a new mum for the first time can be overwhelming. With the lack of sleep in the early stages, and trying to adjust to feeding, new schedules and of course getting to know your new little bundle, even the smallest task can seem quite daunting. Read on for some of our tips to help make the transition to motherhood as stress free as possible.
Give yourself time
Often we can be tempted to get a routine established very soon, however as you are learning what works best for your baby give yourself time to try a few different techniques to find what your baby responds best to.
Schedule some “me” time
Everyday try to carve out some alone time, when baby is sleeping or between feeds. Do something that you enjoy, even if it as simple as a cuppa and a new magazine. You will feel better for it.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help
Raising a baby is hard work, so enlist a few close family members or friends for when times are tough. It will give you the chance to recharge or catch up on some sleep and you will be better prepared to take over again when you return.
The first few outings can be quite stressful, with bottles, nappies and change of clothes for baby it can be difficult to leave the house without forgetting something! So, the night before, write a list and pack a bag with the essentials for when you are out and about.
Don’t rush through the stages
I know it may be a cliche but the early days and sleepless nights really dont last forever – although when you are going through these times – they sure can seem endless! However, try not to be too keen for their next chapter to begin: be it crawling, walking or saying their first word. Try to enjoy the moments and getting to know your new precious bundle.
Go by your own instincts
Finally, listen to your gut. Nobody knows your baby as well as you do. If something doesn’t sit right with you then go by your own instincts. Ultimately, you know your baby best.
We hope you enjoy our tips to make the transition to motherhood easier.
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