In this great video we hear from a group of parents, and kids, who give us their top 10 tips to know before you have a baby. The wonderful and definitely life changing event that starting a family is.
And if I can add my own little piece of advice to theirs … take excellent care of yourself. Despite how busy and distracted you will suddenly become, you are no good to your baby or your partner if you don’t take care of you first.
As tempting as it is to handle the laundry, the housework or the online grocery shop whilst your baby is sleeping, use this time to have a bubble bath. Give yourself a break and nurture yourself with some wonderful bath salts whilst you soak away the aches in your body. Apply a scented moisturiser to your whole body, style your hair and put on some fresh clothes that you feel good in. Remind yourself that you are a woman first and a mother second.
Exercise Your Body
Wrap up your bundle of joy safe and snug in a stroller and take them for a walk. The fresh air will do you both good and the exercise will help you feel strong whilst clearing your mind of your responsibilities for a short time. Meet another Mum for a walk and enjoy some companionship as you exercise together. Your baby will be fine and this time will give you a renewed focus in your Mum and baby time.
Set up your baby’s routine so that you have a couple of hours with your partner each day. Reconnecting as adults is super important if you are to take this journey into the unknown together. The next few years will be challenging, delightful and sometimes difficult and you will need each other’s support along the way.
Its so easy to get caught up in the joy and the novelty of your new baby. Its exciting to watch their progress each day and you will be filled with so much love that you may want to be with your child 24/7. But making time for you, forcing yourself to leave your baby’s side for short periods of time is vital to your own sense of self. Meet a friend for coffee or take yourself window shopping. Just an hour once a week will help you to see yourself as an individual rather than as an extension of your child.
Watch what these parents who are just like you have to say!