Here are the tips that you really need. Things you can implement to make the challenging time of introducing new life into the world just a little bit easier.
But please remember that if you’re struggling, it isn’t because you’re doing anything wrong. It is just that hard, but it will get easier.
#1 PREPARE AHEAD OF TIME
One of the best things you can do before your baby arrives is to get organized for the postpartum stage.
Being prepared isn’t all about packing your hospital bag and filling your baby’s closet with gorgeous outfits (although those are important).
There are other ways you should also prepare that will absolutely make life easier once your newborn has arrived.
1. CREATE SYSTEMS TO STAY ORGANIZED
If you don’t have a particularly structured home system then now is the time to start putting one in place.
Simple things like doing the dishes and making sure clothes get washed become really challenging once you throw a newborn into the mix.
Plus, there will be so much more laundry…trust me on this one.
Start thinking about how you’re going to keep on top of things. Try not to let the thought of it all overwhelm you.
Instead, focus on what is practical and achievable.
Perhaps one load of washing a day and one load of dishes in the dishwasher?
Hillary from Pulling Curls does an amazing job of teaching you how to organize and simplify both your home and your chores so that you can get the most out of your day without losing your mind in the process.
2. HAVE A LIST OF GO-TO IDEAS
The next thing you can do to prepare may take a little research but it involves making a list of go-to ideas and strategies for when plan A or B just aren’t working.
I’m mostly referring to feeding your baby and getting them to sleep.
My two favorite resources for this are Babywise and Moms on Call.
You can also find a great list of tips for getting your baby to sleep in this post.
3. FROZEN MEALS OR A SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE
Eating well yourself and making sure your family is doing the same can be a challenge during the postpartum period.
Before my first child was born, I spent a few days cooking up meals to put in the freezer. It was absolutely wonderful to have those meals readily available once my son had arrived.
They were wholesome and filling and therefore perfect for my family.
I didn’t have the freezer space to put away meals when I was expecting my second child, but some wonderful friends (more like family) of ours offered us two weeks worth of meals as a gift. It was the BEST thing ever!
We went online to eat.co.nz and we were able to choose which dates we wanted the meals sent and which menu suited us.
The meals arrived at the beginning of the week and could either be put into the fridge or frozen. All we had to do was heat them in the microwave when we wanted them.
However, they weren’t like microwave meals at all. Instead, it was like having a home cooked meal every night. I cannot recommend it highly enough.
If your family and friends aren’t sure what to get you as a gift, it would be worthwhile suggesting they pool together and shout you a week or two of meals.
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