Survival Tips for Baby’s First Weeks
Take sleep deprivation, and then add raging hormones, postpregnancy episiotomy pain and a new (complicated, crying) family member. How the heck are you going to get through baby’s first weeks? Photo: Maggie K Photography
“It’s okay to cry. You’re going to be emotional; most moms are.” -- Kristin B.
“Shower and get dressed immediately before doing anything else. It makes a huge difference in the way you act and feel.” -- threehautemamas
“Accept help -- friends and family really do mean it when they offer!” -- Cliona F.
“Keep reminding yourself that this is the hardest part and that you’re doing an amazing job. Also, keep visitors at bay for as long as you can!” -- ParentMaze
“Sleep when your baby sleeps, even if that means sleeping all day and being up all night for the first couple of weeks. It’s important to stay rested!” -- Mindy G.
“Trust your instincts. Quietly listen for them -- they’re there!” -- Joann W.
“Remember that this part goes by quickly, and before you know it, you’ll forget that they used to spit up all day.” -- Amanda M.
“Trust your partner and let him do as much as possible while you rest and heal. Take it one day at a time and stay positive.” -- Julie C.
“Snuggle with baby and take lots of pictures. Don’t let visitors distract you from enjoying it.” -- Liselotte
“Force yourself to slow down and enjoy sitting still. Enjoying a slower pace doesn’t come naturally to most people, but try!” -- Shevi
“Be patient, give your baby lots of love, and the housework can wait!” -- Tiffany C.
“Try to get outside with baby daily if possible -- it helps boost everyone’s mood and helps baby learn day and night.” -- Lisa Z.
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