Divini Rae: 5 Tips for Surviving the First Year With A Baby
1. You must get help. I believe that stay-at-home-parents need help. If you don’t feel comfortable leaving your baby with a sitter just yet, that’s totally okay (I didn’t either). Maybe consider hiring someone you know to watch over the baby occasionally while you take a nap or do stuff around the house.
2. Remember to be kind to yourself. A lot of mamas I know feel guilty any time they do anything just for themselves, so many don’t do anything for themselves anymore. Nothing of “Life before Baby” remains. Gone are the showers, the lunch with a good friend, the occasional pedicure, the date night with your partner. Yikes.
Remember to be your own best friend. Would you expect your best friend to “do it all”? Probably not. Then why do you expect so much from yourself? Chill out, Homeskillet. When you get on a plane you know how you’re told to put the air mask on yourself first, before assisting anyone else in case of emergency? Well, consider using that rule as an analogy for life. I sure do. If I’m not taking care of myself I’m a mess, and no good at caring for my family.
3. When listening to parenting advice, don’t actually listen. Some people are going to be judgmental and weird and super annoying, and you just can’t let it bug you. Their unsolicited advice and opinions don’t have anything to do with you or your life; they are speaking through their own views and experiences – and often from their own fears and insecurities. Why choose to make their fears your own? No thank you.
For example, if you want to co-sleep with your children – do it. Don’t worry about what your friend Kristy thinks about it, just do what’s right for you and your family. Maybe breast-feeding isn’t for you. If not, don’t worry, I promise that your baby will thrive and bond with you just as well on formula. You get the point I’m making. Parenting is an individual choice, and it’s totally okay to go with your gut, your inner knowing, and do what’s right for you and your family.
4. Cook fast, easy, healthy food. It’s easy to succumb to the temptation to eat fast food from the drive-through, but I promise you: it’s possible to make super fast, easy, healthy meals that are also good for you, instead of eating fast food that is going to make you feel terrible, poison your body and cause you to put on weight. Here are some suggestions for fast, easy, healthy meals.
5. Work-out at home. With a baby in the house, who has time for the gym? I know I sure don’t. For the first three months of my children’s lives I chose not to workout at all. I was in ‘survival mode.’ When my kids started to sleep a little longer and I felt more comfortable leaving them, I started doing a little here and a little there. I even try to incorporate my baby into my workouts at home.
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