Sunday, May 3, 2020

First Time Mom? Here’s How to Get More Things Done

I'm already a few years past the newborn stage, but I remember those days like it was yesterday, those tiny little beings that rely entirely on you, entirely helpless, and often parents feeling helpless as well because those little creatures don't have many methods of communication with their caretakers beyond crying, so its often hard to figure out what they want. Add to this being hormonal just after child birth, and trying to fit a kid into your kids- this is a very challenging time, whether you're a first time mom or even third or fourth time around with a newborn. These ideas sent in by a reader are great ways to help keep your sanity as a new mom.

The experience of becoming a parent for the very first time is more than just a little overwhelming. Suddenly, there is a tiny little person who is depending on your for absolutely everything. You put so much time and effort into caring for them that countless other priorities, including self-care and housework, automatically take a backseat.

As you stare at the pile of dishes lying in the sink while breastfeeding your baby, or when you realize that it has been three days since your last shower, you may find yourself desperate to find a way to get more things done.

Here are some essential tips to help you multi-task with confidence.

Baby wearing

Baby wearing is a real lifesaver both when your child is a newborn, and even well into those challenging toddler years. Essentially it is all about giving your baby plenty of close contact and attention, but still having your hands free to do other tasks.

Along with providing you with extra freedom, there are a variety of benefits associated with baby wearing:

Several experts claim that baby wearing helps to reduce the amount of crying during infancy.

Studies also suggest that it can improve a baby's quality of sleep and general temperament, too.

Finally, it works wonders in terms of boosting the natural bonding process between you and your newborn.

Baby swings

Baby swings are incredible inventions that can completely transform life with an infant. They rock the baby back to forth in a way that is similar to being back in the womb. This can bring them plenty of comfort, often promising the same benefits as baby wearing.

If you are interested in freeing up your time and your body, you may be wondering which type of swing is right for your baby. There are many different options to choose from when you want to get a beautiful baby swing for your little one, many of which vary in price, size, and features. Be sure to ask your friends and relatives for recommendations and to conduct some research online before making a final decision.

If you are looking to save money, perhaps consider purchasing a baby swing second hand.

Ask for help

The reality is that, more often than not, you simply won’t have the time or the energy to get through your entire daily to do list. Don’t hesitate to call on your loved ones to help. Sometimes, calling on your mom to watch your baby while you close your eyes for a few minutes is all that you’ll need to feel replenished and ready to function again.

If you have a friend or family member that is a particularly good cook, ask them politely to come over for a visit and whip you up something nutritious. Or set up a policy that states that every visitor has to help with a simple housework duty before they leave! Slightly audacious, perhaps, but you will find that most will be more than happy to lend a hand. This is especially true if they have kids of their own and know what it’s like.


Ultimately, the newborn stage is about survival. If you managed to keep your little one fed, warm, and clean today, you did an awesome job!

Let those unimportant tasks 'slide' whenever necessary and focus on being kinder to yourself. Despite feeling as though the weeks morph into years, your child is only a baby for a short time. Rest and do your best to enjoy it. The laundry and the dishes can wait until tomorrow.