How to Organize Your Life as New Parents
As a fresh parent, you have to embrace the fact that your life is going to be completely different than it used to be. Of course, this doesn’t mean you will have to completely give up on your life for the benefit of the baby, but it’s the time when your needs and habits are no longer a priority, and your baby is the one who gets all the attention. In the first few months, the baby is totally dependent on their mother, so you will have to learn how to adapt to their needs and comfort them most of the time. You have to be physically prepared to spend the whole day breastfeeding, changing diapers and rocking your baby to sleep. Here are a few tips on how to organize your new life once the baby comes.
Do all the preps before, and not after the baby comes
It’s crucial to put everything together months before the baby’s arrival. Essential items like diapers, baby clothing and baby care products should be placed in the baby’s room where you can also bathe the baby, so everything will within arm’s reach. The clothes must be washed and well organized in the drawer long before welcoming your child. When everything has its place, it’s easier for you get what you need at the moment you need it.
Always be in charge
Whenever you plan to take your baby out for the first outdoor walk, it’s always a good idea to bring a leather baby bag with you and be fully equipped. These bags are the perfect choice while you are out, and are made with plenty of storage space and pockets. You can place bottles, disposable diapers, pacifiers, wet wipes and everything else you need for your child. Plus, you will still have room for your wallet and your phone, which makes it very practical.
Housework can wait
When the baby is around, you simply can’t keep up with all the chores, so you better leave the home the way it is, until you have some time for proper cleaning. Of course, your house shouldn’t look like a tornado went through it, but a little mess won’t hurt. When the baby is sleeping, you could do the laundry, wash the dishes, or prepare a quick meal. Even better, if your finances permit, you could pay a cleaning service to take care of your house, while you’re busy nurturing your baby. Also, never refuse an extra help from your friends or family, because you would probably do the same for them if it was the other way around.
You also deserve ‘me’ time
Once the baby is a bit grown and less needy, don’t hesitate to make a compromise with your partner and have him watch the baby while you are out. Take some time to go out with your friends, have lunch, get your nails or hair done, or simply go for a walk to clear your thoughts. This won’t make you a less of a mother, because you still deserve to indulge yourself and have some me time. Or, if you and your partner crave a weekend getaway, ask your parents to babysit for a few days, ’cause I’m sure they would be more than pleased to watch and play with their grandchild.
While your spouse is at work…
This can be tough in the beginning, but eventually, you’ll overcome the fear of staying alone with your baby. Instead of checking the baby every minute to see if they’re sleeping or hungry, you could bring them to the living room, and rest together. Enjoy your little bonding time, read a book or watch TV. Learn how to relax until they wake up, because even 15 minutes of rest each day means the world to new moms.
These are all the sweet troubles you will get used to over time, and you’ll realize that being new parents can be a unique and incredible gift everyone should be able to experience.