Caring for a newborn child isn’t as easy as dream-feeds, naps which seem to go on for hours and taking cute pictures while they sleep. It’s often a difficult transition which sees you going from parent to none, to parent to one. It’s best not to lose sight throughout the entire experience, and savour the precious moments with your child, while also maintaining some important ‘me’ time.
Have a nap
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Whenever you put your baby down for a nap, try to do the same. The odds are that they won’t be getting in a full night’s sleep for a while, and it’s best to at least have a short nap when they do. Even relaxing with a good book or a cup of tea is enough to re-energise your body for the next few hours of the day.
Accept help from family and friends
Family members, friends and relatives will mostly like be offering to cook dinner, tidy up the house and offer support over the next few weeks. It’s a great idea to take up any of these offers which come your way, since it will be easy for you to adjust and not worry about menial tasks such as making the bed or cooking an extensive dinner for a while. Try to get some rest and focus on yourself and your infant.
To avoid feeling like a zombie, take some time out and get some fresh air. Even going for a small, brisk walk can make a great difference and shift your mood. Arrange these activities around your babies feeding schedule, and try to leave the baby with a responsible adult while they’re taking a nap.
Joining a local parents group or keeping in touch with other parents who also have newborns is fantastic to your child’s wellbeing. Get together for a coffee to discuss how your kids are holding up, or chat away via text message if there’s something you need to ask. The more support you can get, the better.
Eat three balanced meals
Keeping to a balanced eating schedule can prove difficult for the first few weeks after baby is born. This is especially important if you are breastfeeding, as this is the fuel which will keep you energised all day and will carry through to your child through the breast-milk. Avoid coffee, tea and soft drinks if you are breastfeeding as this could decrease your milk supply.
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By Felicia Sapountzis