The first few months with a newborn are pretty crazy, especially if you are a first-time mom! You have no idea what to expect and may have a ton of questions – how many diapers will I change per day? How many times is the baby supposed to feed? How will I take care of myself AND another human? Coming home with a newborn is like landing on the moon – taking one giant step into the unknown world of parenting. Most blogs out there will let you know that surviving the first few months with a newborn baby come down to a few things – being prepared, having support and getting a few solid routines going. If you take the time to prep before the baby comes and get your family members and friends on board, you’ll be less stressed (read – emotional), feel organized, be able to rest and eat healthy meals and feel somewhat normal. But do note, you will have to find a ‘new normal’ once you bring that precious baby home!
Here are a few tips that will help you survive the first few months with a newborn baby!
Get a handy-dandy notebook and planner
When you’re a first time mom, you’re definitely going to experience what people call ‘mom-brain’ where you feel like you’ve lost your mind (thanks to the hormones) and you most likely won’t remember how many wet diapers your baby has had, how many breastfeeding sessions you’ve had or which boob you fed on last. Use your planner to WRITE DOWN everything that your baby does. If it’s in the middle of the night and you don’t feel like writing it down, perhaps you can jot details in your phone and then go from there. You & your spouse can review the notebook to see if things are off or if you’re creating a pattern with your little one.
The notebook will also act as a great ‘to do list’ for you and your spouse so he or she can knock off things on your grocery or to do list without you having to remind them a few times ;). Utilize this planner like it is the lifeline of your house because it will be!