You counted up to this day for the past nine months. You waited eagerly for the arrival of your bundle of joy. The innocent smile on his face as he sleeps by your side gives you a sense of satisfaction. But, deep inside you’re fighting a tough battle.
The crazy sleep schedules, the feeding difficulties, the diaper frenzy, the household duties, the post partum issues and the train of visitors who come to take a peek at your baby are just too much to juggle. You doubt if you’re going to be able to pull through all this.
The first few weeks after child birth are intense and exhausting. But, getting excited and overwhelmed is definitely not the solution. Adjusting to a newborn requires a proper plan. And, if you’re clueless about where to start, we’ll help you get along with your newborn.
- Hire Help – When the baby actually comes along, you realize that parenting a newborn in not an easy task. Hiring help can be a great investment during the first month. It could be a lactation nurse or a house cleaner to assist with the household chores. You can also request your mother or mother-in-law to move in for a couple of weeks. Someone around the house provides assistance with the household duties, looking after the baby while you rest or even attending to visitors when you are not up to it. Researchers state that social support helps keep anxiety and stress to the minimum and contributes to preventing postpartum depression.
- Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps – Newborns are usually up and active at night. (They’ve got accustomed this schedule during the nine months spent in the utero. Remember the kicks and jabs at night and a relatively inactive daytime?). It will be a few months before your baby’s body clock adjusts to the normal sleep-wake cycle you follow. Till then how do you cope? Sleep when your newborn sleeps and wake with him.The postpartum period is the period of recovery for the body. It requires adequate rest and sleep. Lack of sleep makes you feel lethargic and exhausted. You can make up for lost sleep by sleeping at the same time as your baby. This way you will get a few hours of deep, undisturbed sleep.
- Organizing The Meals – The first few weeks after childbirth you simply don’t have the energy or the will to get to the kitchen and dish out a meal. Thus, it always helps to have a plan to cover meals as proper nourishment is very important for a breastfeeding mother. Many expectant women prepare and freeze large quantities of food ahead of their delivery to be utilized for after childbirth. In some cases, friends and family pitch in and offer to send in meals. Accept the offer. For days when there is no such arrangement, you can depend on a food delivery service or instant packet meals. Stock up on snacks like fruits, soups, healthy dips, vegetable sticks, biscuits, crackers and nuts to snack on.
- Feeding Frenzy – Most new moms have a hard time grappling with breastfeeding problems. Either the baby won’t latch or the nipples are cracked and sore. Don’t hesitate. Consult a lactation nurse for solutions to these problems.
- Diaper Trouble – The rounds of diaper changes are going to be a little too many in the initial weeks. And, given that you struggle with changing diapers, you may get a little worried. Everyone struggles with the nappies for the first few days. However, you can eliminate the problems by getting help from daddy dear. Keep all the nappy changing requisites- wipes, powder, nappies, the mackintosh and stuff like that close at hand.
- The visitors – There’s going to be a stream of visitors. You need not sit and entertain all of them with a smile when at the back of your mind you just want them to go away. If there is another person in the house, they could attend to your guests while you continue to rest. Also, you can politely inform your guests about the time when you wouldn’t like any visitors. They will definitely understand.
- Stay Comfortable – Above all, stay comfortable. Wear clothing that will make you look a yummy mummy and also allow convenience when feeding and cleaning up a messy baby.
I hope these tips proved useful. Apply them and make this transition to motherhood a smooth sail.