Becoming a parent changes everything. Your whole world shifts on its axis and everything instantly becomes different. The most significant amount of changes occurs in an amazingly short time frame, and adjusting can be a little difficult for some new parents. However, if you are organised about things and plan in advance, you can make the adjustment process to your new life a little easier and less stressful too.
Wondering what you can do to make life that little bit easier for yourself? Have a read of these tips and pieces of advice below that many new mums swear by!
Batch cook in advance
Once the new baby arrives, for the first couple of weeks at least you will have literally no time to do anything. Unless you want to spend that time living off of takeaways, it’s important that you are prepared and batch cook in advance, so that you have plenty of healthy, homemade food available to you whenever you need it.
Aim to batch cook at least three weeks meals in advance, so that you are able to not worry about what you will eat for that whole time period. Portion them up, freeze them, and then you will have lots of healthy, homemade microwave meals. For days when you fancy something different, your slow cooker is your best friend – there are plenty of quick and simple slow cooker meals that you can find online if you take the time to look for them.
Be mindful of your clothes
You might have a wide range of maternity clothing to choose from but the fact is that your body will once again be changing, which means that your maternity clothes may no longer fit you properly. So you might want to purchase a few post-birth clothes to have at home, ready for when you get home from the hospital to help you feel a little bit more ‘normal’ and better put together. This is important for your mental health, which is why it’s essential that you take it seriously.
If you plan on breastfeeding, it’s important to purchase some breastfeeding clothing that makes feeding your little one whenever and wherever, far simpler and easier. There are lots of brands that you can choose from, such as Milk Tops, it’s just a case of finding the one that is a good fit for your tastes and sense of style.
The chances are that when it comes to how many nappies your little one will go through, you will end up being surprised by the sheer amount that they go through in just one day, which is why it’s essential that you stockpile nappies. As otherwise, you could end up being caught short, so to speak, and having to do a mad dash to the supermarket with your little one in tow, which isn’t something that you want to do.
Be open to accepting help
Some new mums go into parenthood with the mindset that accepting help makes them a bad parent but that isn’t the case at all. Accepting help actually makes you a better parent because you are always putting your child’s needs before your own feelings, which is why it’s essential that you are open to accepting help.
When your little one first comes along it will be a big adjustment for you and your partner. There will be a lot that you need to think about and a lot that you will need to change as a couple, so there’s no harm in accepting help from a loved one or close friend. You need to be willing to let people in, to let people help you, as parenthood is hard work, which is why it’s so important that you are open to accepting help.
It’s important to remember that accepting help doesn’t make you weak, which a lot of people think is the case when it’s not. It’s actually the strongest people who are willing to ask for or accept help.
As a new mum, life will be completely different to how you imagine it. You’ll be so totally in love with your new addition that all of the stress and hard work will feel 100% worth it, which it most definitely is. However, you will also have a lot of adjusting to do, as there’s a lot that you will need to adjust to as a new parent, that’s why planning in advance and being properly organised is so important.
*This is a collaborative post.