Having a new baby is such an exciting time. You are finally holding this little person in your arms that you have been thinking about for months and months. However, it can also be really stressful to take care of a newborn! Finding the perfect balance between being a mommy and getting everything done around the house is not always easy but it’s important to find ways to reduce some stress with a new baby with these tips! These tips are what is helping me avoid postpartum depression after this final pregnancy of mine.
In my opinion, the best events in life always come with a little bit of stress. I remember when we had our new baby and family members came to visit constantly because they were excited for us! Of course, hospitals are not very helpful or provide any guidance after you have given birth; just send these first-time mothers home with their new child who has been crying all night long (or at least most nights). It is so hard trying to find time to sleep while your newborn doesn’t seem like it wants to stop waking up every few hours…
And then, don’t you wish the changes in your body could be as graceful as those of a newborn? You feel like they’re all conspiring against you. But don’t worry, there are options for that too! As time goes on and the baby settles into their new routine, it’ll get easier to catch some shut-eye again – I promise.
To get through those first few weeks and months, here are a few tips to help you get the sleep that your body deserves.
Tips For Reducing Stress With a Baby
Don’t Do It All
First of all, don’t try being a supermom. When the baby goes down for a nap, take a small nap yourself, too. The laundry can wait and so can the dishes; you don’t need to have an immaculate house at this point in your life. There will be time later on for that.
Next, if you have a friend or relative on hand, take advantage of that for an afternoon. Grandma would probably leap at the chance to spend time with your baby, too! Of course, I know sometimes you’re hesitant to send the baby off so soon to someone else’s house, so have them come over while either going in the bedroom and relaxing by yourself or going out and getting a mani and pedi. Treat yo self!
Set Hours For People To Come Over
Speaking of having someone come over… set up visitation hours for people that want to come to visit the new baby and you. This makes it so that not everyone is showing up at the same time and you can be prepared. I know my anxiety goes through the roof when someone unexpectedly comes over. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
Relax At Night
Finally, after putting the baby to bed for the night, it’s important to take some time to decompress so you have a better chance of falling asleep. Try taking a relaxing bath with lavender essential oils and calming music, or wash your face with cream that smells like vanilla extract and put on soft pajamas. It can be difficult to fall asleep easily, even without a new baby.
You’ve just had a baby and you are overwhelmed with the amount of work that needs to be done. It can seem like there is no end in sight, but don’t give up! You can do some simple things to help with reducing stress with a new baby when it comes to tending for your new little one. Here are 5 easy tips for reducing stress with a newborn baby at home: Don’t Do It All – Accept Help – Set Hours For People To Come Over – Relax At Night. What other strategies have helped reduce your own level of anxiety? Share them below so we all can benefit from these tactics as well.