The Momma’s Guide To Surviving Those First Few Weeks Of Motherhood
So, you’re pregnant with another child and couldn’t be more excited to welcome them into the world, albeit a little nervous about what the birth will bring. First things first, congratulations on adding to your brood – it’s so exciting growing your family.
That being said, while adding to your brood is incredibly exciting, the first few weeks post birth can be incredibly stressful, especially if you already have an older child or children. It’s not just sibling jealousy that you need to worry about but also juggling everything – life as a new momma isn’t always easy.
However, the good news is that if you prepare in advance for what your new addition will bring to your life, then you can make the transition of adding a new baby to your brood a little easier for everyone. To help you to do that, here are some tips and ideas:
Think about your older kids
No matter how excited your older child or children are, there may still be problems once the new addition comes along.
A lot of kids are jealous of their younger siblings which can lead to all sorts of behavioral problems, such as tantrums and attention seeking. This is something that you need to be prepared for. That being said, you can prepare your kids for their new sibling by talking to them about him or her, reading them books about becoming a big brother or sister, and watching movies with them about siblings.
To give your kids a break from their new sibling, it could be worth arranging child care for them a few days a week. This could be with a childminder, at playschool, playdates with friends, or spending time at the homes of extended family. This will give your kids a little time out and will give you a much-needed break.
Prepare your home in advance
Before your new addition arrives, what you want to do is prepare your home for their arrival.
This means doing up the nursery for their arrival and buying all of the essential for them, from their cot to their pram. It could also mean doing some bedroom reshuffling so that the nursery is the closest room to your room. Any bedroom changing around should be done at least two months before the baby is due, to prevent the sibling who has moved rooms from becoming jealous or feeling pushed out.
Have plenty to keep you busy
Sure, life as a new mom might be incredibly busy but the last thing you want is to be stuck at home, so it makes sense to plan lots of different things to do to keep you busy. If you are stuck at home, you will go crazy.
Look out for classes for moms and new babies that you can attend with your new addition. If you want to attend classes like baby massage and mom and baby yoga, make sure to invest in a car seat for the car, so that you can transport your little one around safely. To get an idea of which are the best car seats, take a look online – sites like babyseats.reviews offers reviews for all brands, so this could be a site worth looking at. A lot of moms opt for car seats that can be attached to prams to make life easier, so it could be worth looking at multi-use car seats for ease of use. They might cost more, but if they’re easier to use, surely they’re a worthwhile investment?
Make self-care a priority
When you have a new addition, it’s easy to focus all of your time on them. However, it’s important to make self-care a priority, because the fact is that if you don’t look after yourself, both mentally and physically, you will be in no state to take care of your family.
When it comes to self-care, what you want to do is ensure that the baby’s father is properly involved in their care and gives you breaks as and when he can. You can use this time to take some time out to relax and unwind, or to catch up on your sleep – do whatever leaves you feeling refreshed.
Cook and freeze lots of healthy meals
After giving birth, you will, no doubt, want to lose that baby weight. Of course, with a baby to look after and older children, the chances are that you won’t have much time to cook. However, what you can do is cook lots of healthy meals beforehand in batches and then freeze them, so that you have access to lots of healthy food, even when you have no time to cook.
So there you have it, the momma’s guide to surviving those first few weeks of motherhood.