Healthy, sound sleep is absolutely essential for newborns. But when your baby first enters the world, there are many things that can potentially disrupt their ability to get a good night’s rest.
One such thing is the temperature of their crib. After spending nine months is a nice warm womb, a cold crib can be especially jarring. Combat this by developing a routine of pre-warming their crib before you set them down for a nap or for the night.
Keep an electric blanket near the crib, and at the beginning of your changing routine before putting them down, turn on the blanket and place it in the crib for a few minutes to warm it up. Of course, be sure to turn off and remove the blanket completely from the crib when you go to place your baby inside.
Warming their crib sheet for a few minutes before sleep can greatly increase your baby’s comfort level, and reduce the chance that a chill disrupts their slumber, however please remember that this is subject to your climate and seasonal conditions – a too-hot crib is never a good idea.
2. Embrace the Naked Feeding
You know all those super cute outfits and onesies you got for your baby at your shower? New moms will be amazed at how quickly those get soiled through feeding, burping, changing, etc.
Soon enough, you’ll grow tired of the constant outfit changes required for your new baby. But you can prevent the soiling in the first place by embracing your baby’s “au natural” state (aka naked)!
If you plan to feed your baby after their diaper change, keep the clothes off for a little bit longer (provided it’s nice and warm in your home). This allows you to simply wipe away any dribbles or other messes made during the feeding the process, and prevents another outfit from needing to be changed.
3. Get a Mesh Bag for Laundry
Regardless of how much time your baby spends naked, you will of course have plenty of laundry to do. As any new mom will tell you, it’s amazing how quickly little baby socks and other clothes go missing during the wash process.
Combat the loss of clothing by putting your baby’s little items in a mesh laundry bag. This will keep everything together during the wash process, ensuring you’re not on your hands and knees searching for tiny socks for the first few years of your child’s life.
4. Invest in a Bathtime Kneeling Pad
Bathtime is a great time to bond with your baby. Unfortunately, many new moms quickly find themselves rushing through the bath process because their knees get sore on the bathroom tile.
Avoid this situation by investing in a gardening mat. These super soft foam mats are made for you to sit comfortably on your knees for hours, meaning you can enjoy the full bonding experience with your child during their bath.
5. Set Up Multiple Changing Stations
If you live in a large or multi-level home, you may quickly realize that returning to the baby’s nursery each and every time they need a change can grow tiresome… and fast! New moms can make their lives easier by putting together a little satellite changing station in the family room, basement, or wherever else they tend to spend a lot of time with the little one. This makes it much easier to perform a quick change and get back to the fun playtime.Save
6. Opt for Zippers Over Snaps
When your baby is young, new moms can save themselves a lot of aggravation by avoiding outfits with snaps. When you have a fussy baby kicking and rolling about, you’ll quickly learn that trying to line up and snap your baby’s clothes after a change can be a real challenge.
For the first few months – when diaper changes are at a nonstop pace – opt instead for outfits with zippers. They are much easier to handle on a fussy baby, and will make the undressing and dressing process much less daunting for mom!
7. Invest in Blackout Curtains
Blackout curtains are one of the most important things you can invest in when it comes to baby’s sleep. By putting them down awake, in a dark room, baby is not only signalled that it is sleeping time, but also learns to fall asleep on their own. Make sure of course for baby’s safety that the curtains are not anywhere near reaching distance to the crib.
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8. Schedule Mom Time
The most important new mom hack on the list…you must schedule time to take care of yourself!
Your natural new mom instinct will be to never leave your baby’s side. But eventually this will wear down any mom. Find time to step away, even if it’s just for a few minutes. Have your partner, sibling, mom, or other trusted friend step in to babysit, and head out for a quiet cup of tea at the local café, a new-mom yoga class at the studio down the street, or even just a walk with the dog around the block.
You can only take care of your child if you take care of yourself first, so it’s vital that you remember to schedule time with yourself to relax!
There is so much you’ll learn when you become a new mom for the very first time. Plenty of this learning will simply come by doing, but we hope this list of random mom hacks will help make your first few months of motherhood that much easier.
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