If you’re a mother to be, you’ll know that this baby is going to completely change your life. Gone are the days of wild nights out with your girlfriends, or spontaneous weekends away with your other half. Well, until your little one is grown up, that is! You’ll already know that the pregnancy itself has changed your life in huge ways. The contents of your closet have changed, you’re suffering with pain in places you didn’t know existed and you’re definitely eating for two. But things will get even more drastic once your little bundle of joy actually arrives. Of course, those first few weeks of parenthood are an absolute blessing. Seeing a little person that you (yes, you!) made come into this world is beyond incredible, and the time will probably pass in a bit of a blur. But before you know it, eight weeks will have passed and it will be time for you to get back to a semi-normal life, rather than spending all your time at home. This is a vital part of the first few weeks of your baby’s life. But, there will come a point where you need to get back on your feet – and chances are, you’ll be ready to as well. As beautiful as the initial stage of motherhood is, many parents claim to suffer from cabin fever soon after the birth. Plus, getting out and about can do wonders for your baby as well as yourself. There’s no set time to go back to work – it differs for every woman and depends on your workplace too. But if you’re craving a slice of normality along with your new found parenthood, take a look at these tips on how to find yourself again as a new mom.
Go for a walk with friends
When you’ve just had a baby, your friends will probably be queuing at your front door to meet him/her. Most of the time, if you do suggest a catch-up, your friends will immediately tell you that they’ll come round and visit you at home. This is a natural reaction – there is a common conception that new mothers are tired 24/7 and that you won’t want to leave the house. Whilst the former may be true (you will be tired) getting out and about in the fresh air could actually hugely benefit you. Suggest instead, that you all go out for a walk – perhaps one that ends at a cafe, so your friends have the opportunity to hold and cuddle your newborn. This also gets your baby used to the outdoor and used to any equipment you will need to transport them out of the house. This could be a baby sling, but for longer journeys, you will probably need a stroller. If you are in any doubt over what stroller set to buy, consider reading the Britax B Agile travel system review by WhoLovesBabies.com. Your stroller will be used a lot during the first year of your baby’s life, so make sure it’s one that meets all your needs.
Get your little one used to other people
The thought of trusting other people with your new baby may fill you with absolute horror. Our natural instincts kick in hugely during our parenthoods, where our soul intention is to nurture and protect our offspring. With that in mind, leaving our baby for more than a second in the care of someone else is something that most new moms try to avoid. But, the sooner your little one gets used to other’s people’s company, the sooner you can stop stressing if you need to pop out to the store for milk. It may not seem important whilst your child is so young, as they won’t remember any of this time in their lives. But, much of a child’s ability to be around new people is ingrained during this time. You might notice that your baby cries when being placed in a nanny’s, or grandparent’s arms for the first time. Don’t see this as a bad omen and from thereon in refuse to leave your baby alone with said person. Instead, persist, and soon your baby will get used to the smell and feel of this new person. This can also help with early stage bonding, which is especially important in the case of grandparents and other relatives. If a strong bond is established in the first few months of your baby’s life, you will soon be able to leave your little one with relatives for longer periods of time. If you are planning on going back to work, or even if you have something important to attend, such as a wedding, this can be a life saver for you. Leaving your baby is never easy, but knowing that they are safe with someone you trust makes the whole experience a lot easier.
Make time for your other half
No, we don’t mean chatting idly at a playgroup or shouting at each other over the sound of children’s television. The stress of a new baby can easily cause cracks to appear in an otherwise strong relationship, so it’s vital to spend time together without baby. As scary as that may seem (after all, you are a family now) it’s important to remember that you are still a couple, as well as parents. Leave you little one with a trusted family member and suggest to your partner that you go out on a date. Getting dressed up and going out for dinner together will make you both feel pampered and you can actually reconnect with what is going on in each other’s lives – not just the baby. It may feel strange at first, but make the most of it, as these opportunities won’t present themselves very often. Or, if fancy dinners aren’t your style, simply stay at home and treat yourselves to a movie night and a nice bottle of wine. Not having to get up every ten minutes to check on your baby will add a welcome atmosphere to the evening. Even just for a night, you can truly enjoy each other’s company again.
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