If you’re reading this post, it’s likely that you or your SO has recently had a baby. First of all, congratulations you have done a fantastic thing and brought a unique new life into the world! Secondly, don’t panic! I know it seems super hard right now, but trust me things do get better, and until they do the tactics that are listed below can help you survive the first six months.
Ask for help
It is very common to want to take full responsibility for your new baby when they’re first-born. In fact, you see them as so precious that it can be hard even giving them over to even the most trusted family member for a cuddle.
However, to survive the first six months, you will need to be able to ask for help and allow someone else to take the strain for a little while. It doesn’t have to be for ages, just an hour so you can have a bath or pop to the shops, or just an afternoon so you and your OH can reconnect or get the house into some sort of semblance.
Then there are other types of help out there. You may be able to get some assistance you can access through your doctor, especially for those suffering from postpartum mental health issues.
There are even pages and pages of tips and tricks online that can help you with specific problems, so don’t be fooled into thinking you are weak for seeking help. In fact, finding help means you are strong, so remember to ask for it, if you need it. After all, it can make all the difference in those first six months.
Sleep when you can
Now, you might be someone who is used to getting to bed nice and early and having a good 8-9 hours of sleep each night. Sadly, when baby is little, this won’t be what is happening. Infants sleep in short bursts needing feeding and care in between.
While in the first few months your schedule revolves around your baby, that slowly changes as baby gets older. In reality, this translates to sleeping when Baby is napping, and if that means grabbing an hour here and there so be it. After all, eight hours taken in small periods is better than nothing at all, and it can make all the difference to survival for parents in those first six months.
Have a baby bag packed at all times
Leaving the house when you have a newborn seems like a military operation. After all, it’s not just a matter of popping your shoes on and heading out of the door. In fact, it can take longer to get ready to go out than you end up spending outside the house!
Luckily, there is a smart way that you can make getting out and about with Baby in tow a lot more manageable, and it’s by always having at least two baby bags packed at all time.
These bags should contain all the essentials such as formula, although if you’re using breast milk, you will need to remember to grab this from the fridge. Also, a spare change of clothes, diapers, baby wipe like the ones from Mustela, and even a soft toy or two, as well as a teething ring to soothe Baby is a good idea. Then you will always have a bag spare even if you have just used one, in case you want to gout on the spur of the moment.
Choose the right feeding option
It’s likely that you have come across information about both these options before, and so we don’t go into them in detail now. However, what is important to remember is that whichever your pick your baby will grow up healthy and happy, and don’t let anyone else tell you otherwise!
Remember they aren’t babies forever
Lastly, a brilliant tactic that can help you survive the first six months as a new parent is to remember that however hard it gets, they do not stay this age forever.
In fact, sometimes it can be beneficial to take some time and appreciate your Baby as they are now, whether you’ve had enough sleep, the washing has been done, or if you had a shower in the last three days or not. This is because babies are always growing and developing and the first six months is a precious time that you can’t get back. Therefore it’s vital to make some time to be present with your baby. After all, six months can be gone in a flash.
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