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Welcoming a new little one into the world can be one of the greatest and most rewarding moments we get to experience during our lifetime. But along with the excitement of adding to your family—there can be many moments of stress, doubt, and uncertainty. Does any new mom really know exactly what they’re doing? We’re here to tell you to breathe, and first of all, you’re doing a wonderful job so far. Not only that, but we’d like to take a moment to guide you through a few things that might have been on the back burner while you’ve been occupied with all the new baby responsibilities.
- Safety-proof the house
Most moms will look at their homes in a whole new light after bringing the baby home for the first time. What seemed like a simple place to plug in your lamp suddenly becomes a hazardous outlet that could harm your child. Your natural mom instinct will kick in, and of course, you will want to guarantee your home is the safest, baby-friendly space possible.
While you’ve most likely already begun to take preventative measures around your home, don’t forget about some of the smaller changes to make. Take a look at some of the everyday baby-proofing things missed around your house. This includes more minor items, such as remotes that hold batteries that pose a serious threat to choking and chemical exposure.
- Invest in a reliable swaddle
Getting your infant on a sleep schedule can be one of the most challenging parts of raising a newborn. And while you surely don’t need a reminder of the lack of sleep you’re getting, don’t forget to utilize tools that can help ease the process of bedtime. Getting your newborn to sleep through the night can be difficult, but with the right process, you might be able to steal a few extra hours of sleep yourself.
A perfect addition to your nursery is a sleep swaddle that works to calm your child while offering safe warmth. And while a newborn can be quite expensive, purchasing a swaddle that grows with the baby is a cost-effective way to aid mommas in comforting their little one through the night. Not only does a swaddle help with creating a sleeping pattern, but it actually emulates the feeling of touch, making it a must-have item for new moms.
- Focus on your postpartum nutrition
Regardless if you have chosen to breastfeed or not, you just spent the last nine months growing a human being inside you. After they are finally here, take some time focusing on what nutrition your body needs after childbirth to speed up your recovery and help you feel your best as a new mom.
Fueling yourself should become the focal point of your routine since you will need to restore energy and replenish nutrients. This should include eating high protein foods and calculation of your vitamin intake to help regulate your system. Similarly, your diet can be a great place to start if you wish to lose some of the baby weight after your pregnancy to jumpstart your health goals.
- Review a life insurance plan
Amidst the happy commotion of having a new baby, it is easy to overlook planning for the end of the road. Even though we often try avoiding the thought, families must have a plan of action for a situation in which the provider of the family is no longer around.
Putting a life insurance policy into effect ensures that the members of your family will be protected financially while granting you with irreplaceable peace of mind. To determine how much coverage is right for your growing family, take into account all debts, mortgages, dependents, or any future expenses like college tuition—they won’t be in cribs forever! Once you’ve done this, you can better determine what type of policy might be best for you.
- Take some alone time
Yes, you’re reading that correctly. And it’s quite possible that alone time has become a foreign concept to you. While a mother’s love means that she is willing to give up her time to nurturing her little ones selflessly—sometimes you must take a step away and focus on your own needs and aspirations.
Self-care is so important to new mothers as it establishes a standard that you will value your body, mind, and soul. As you probably know, by taking better care of yourself, you’re in turn able to provide more to your child. As your child grows, they will recognize your commitment to your own health and wellness. Prioritizing your own needs creates a home environment that promotes self-respect, mindfulness, and improvement. Even by simply taking fifteen minutes a day for uninterrupted you time can be the first step to making this part of your everyday routine.