Having a baby is one of the most exhausting things you can do. There are times when you may feel so tired you just don’t know how you’re going to lift your head off the pillow. That’s not to say it’s any easier when they reach their teens! Those early days and weeks can leave you in a spin. Whether this is your first or your third baby, tiredness will always creep up on you. Fortunately, there are a few little tips and tricks that can help you cope with motherhood a little easier.
Preparation and organization help so much. If this isn’t your first, then the lessons learned in the past will help. The nesting phase isn’t just about painting nurseries and assembling cribs. It should also spur you on to organize your cupboards and drawers too. Having everything in its place will make life a lot easier when you’re starting a 2 am feed with your eyes closed!
It’s important not to have anything too high up or too low down. Lifting your arms and bending over can be quite uncomfortable straight after childbirth. This is especially true if you become engorged, or you had a caesarean. And it’s not just baby bottles, diapers, and soothers you need to have on hand. There are plenty of things you’ll need for you in the first six weeks and beyond. Lay them out, or organize them in the cupboard so you don’t waste any energy searching for things.
If you know you’re not concentrating from a lack of sleep, it’s time to pump. Have sanitized bottles to hand at all times so you can pass the job of feeding onto your partner or the grandparents. As a new Mom, you may feel like you have to keep up the same sleeping hours as the baby. This is not practical for the vast majority of us. Instead, use the pump and let someone else have the pleasure of a 2 am feed. Rest your weary head and feel a million times better after a good night of sleep.
As well as having all the things you need to hand, you can also have the baby to hand for nursing. Use a multi-position cot like the Snuzpod 3 in 1 bedside crib that provides you with more sleeping options. Lifting a nine-pound baby straight after childbirth isn’t nearly as easy as it sounds sometimes. Having an adjustable or multi-position sleeping crib gives you a more comfortable approach. You can sleep next to your baby, disrupting your sleep only a little for night time feeds or soothing.
It can be very tempting to do very little and eat more when you’re exhausted. But the fresh air and exercise you’ll get from a twenty or thirty-minute walk will help a lot. Your baby should also be enjoying the stimulation of outdoor walks at least once a day. It will help you build up your stamina again, and you should both enjoy a more sound sleep each night. Try to eat a diet rich in natural foods, but remember you’ll need a little extra calcium and protein at this time too. Enjoy marvelous motherhood.