Whether it’s your first or fifth child, trust us, you are going to want some help. Schedule friends and family to help you out, especially in the first few weeks while you and the little one are still getting adjusted. Try and cater to people’s strengths. Some people are great at helping out with housework chores but horrible when it comes to changing diapers. The people in your life more than likely are dying to help and get a look at the new addition to the family, so don’t be afraid to ask!
Time Off From Work Doesn’t Mean Time Off From Life
Some new parents make the mistake of planning a big trip or scheduling several outings during their maternity leaves and are disappointed when their plans end up falling through, usually simply due to exhaustion. And that’s okay! As great as it is to have some time off from work you are more than likely going to be more busy/tired than you usually are. Keep your schedule’s light in the beginning and build up to going out with friends for lunch or visiting family, see what you can handle.
Reach Out To Fellow Mommies!
Once the help has left you may feel lonely, now more than ever is a great time to make new Mommy friends or reach out to ones you already know. These women will understand what you’re going through and will understand if you’re running late or if you can’t go to the cute french bistro because it isn’t stroller accessible. Don’t be afraid to approach mothers at the grocery store, park, or the doctor’s office you already have something in common to break the ice with. There’s nothing mother’s love more than talking about their kids so strike up a conversation with somebody, you never know who you might click with!
Scout Out Baby Gear
Baby gear can be intimidating, from strollers to diaper bags, the options can be overwhelming. We recommend testing out gear prior to the baby getting here, learn how everything is supposed to work properly so you aren’t in a frenzy when you actually need to put it to use when the baby arrives.