Survival tips for moms

English: Portrait of 1-year-old baby girl
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If you’re a new mom, you are probably feeling overwhelmed and exhausted. Right now you need to focus on your baby and on yourself. You need as much pampering as the baby does, until your body heals.
Here are five survival tips every new mom needs. Remember to enjoy your baby and take care of both of you. Don’t forget yourself. Your baby is counting on you.

Five survival tips for new moms:

Get Help – New moms need as much help as they can get. If you are getting offers of help, take the offer. You need to spend as much time with the baby and by yourself as you can.

If you want to be with your baby, but you need help with the dishes, always tell your helper what you need done. If it is a family member, like a new grandma, she is going to want to help with the baby and may not want to help with anything else. Be prepared. You may want to recruit help before baby arrives so you know who you can call on for what chores. You may want to ask your friends first.

Say “No” – Be prepared to say “no”. You will have to tell over eager baby volunteers “no”. You are going to want bonding time with baby, and although everyone wants to visit baby, you need to be able to say “no” so you can bond with baby and rest.

Be prepared to say “no” to all types of new telemarketers. You will have to say “no” to strangers who are going to want to touch your baby or hold your baby. You will also need to get used to saying “no” because as your baby grows, you will be telling him or her “no” often.

Sleep – Sleep is a godsend for a new mom. The best advice about sleep is to sleep when baby sleeps. Baby will be taking frequent naps and keeping you up when it is time to sleep. If baby is used to sleeping during the day and is awake all night, you don’t want to clean or be busy around the house all day because you are going to be awake all night. You will be exhausted. Adjust your body to sleep during the day. Sleeping will be easy because your body will be exhausted with being up all night. You can do the laundry or wash the dishes during the night and take advantage of spending time with baby. He or she will eventually get into the habit of sleeping during the night.

Exercise – Exercise is important after having a baby. You don’t want to overdo the exercise, but you will want to do something for yourself. Exercise will help you feel better and even give you more energy. You will need all the energy you can get with a new baby.

Pamper yourself – If you have a new baby, don’t forget to pamper yourself. Your body will be healing and you will need to rest as well. While baby takes one of his or her many naps, jump into a warm bubble bath and relax. Burn your favorite candles. Before long, you will be putting them up so baby cannot reach them. Enjoy them while you can. When you get out of the tub, put on your favorite clothes and fix your hair. Be careful not to use perfume where baby will rub into it. It’s best not to use perfume at all around a new baby. He or she may be allergic and may have trouble breathing.

If you use these five survival tips for new moms, you should feel relaxed and heal quickly. You will want to be able to get back on your feet so you and baby can start your new life with the family.

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