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  • 7 tips for surviving as a new mom
  • Jennifer Biswas
  • pregnancy/baby

7 tips for surviving as a new mom

Roy is now 7 months old. What the heck?! I've been meaning to share his birth story and more pictures and stories with you but that just hasn't happened. Maybe someday. :)

But I will share 7 tips to staying sane as a mom! These are tips that have helped me, that I wish I would have known or ones that I need to remember!

1. Don't have a breastfeeding "plan". 

I didn't have a birth plan because I heard horror stories of friends who had one and what happened when it didn't go as planned. I did, however, have a breastfeeding plan which was simply to breastfeed for a year. Our breastfeeding experience was pretty awful including undiagnosed thrush for 2 months and slow weight gaining (which caused a lot of stress on me) so we completley switched over to formula at 6 months (but started it at 4!). Everyone has different experiences with breastfeeding so if it doesn't work for you, don't feel bad about it! A fed baby is a happy baby!

2. Don't stress so much.

I stressed a LOT in the first few weeks about getting Roy to sleep, figuring out why he was crying and wondering if I was doing everything wrong. I still stress out from time to time but have learned to just chill out and do the best I can. Babies cry because they're babies sometimes, and that's ok! As long as he's fed, dry, and in a safe place he's going to be just fine.

Now when he has a day of copious amounts of crying I just take it as a sign to eat some more chocolate chips. ;)

3. Enjoy the little moments.

Babies are only little for so long. Savor the moments when they fall asleep in your arms, want to cuddle a bit longer or giggle at anything you do. It's easy to wish away the hard days but learn to treasure the fun ones.

4. Do what's best for you and your family.

Everyone is going to have an opinion on your kid and the way you parent. What you feed them, where they sleep, how many kids you have, how far apart they are, what kind of diapers you use....the list goes on and on. Have confidence in what you're doing and don't let the haters get in the way!

5. Move your body!

On days that I get some exercise I am SO much happier and nicer to everyone in my family. Even a simple 20 minute workout can do wonders. Give your little one a toy while you put on a workout video or put him in a stroller and get moving!

{all photos taken by Brooke Aho}

6. Take time for YOU.

I used to get facials once a month because I deal with not so fun adult acne. I stopped doing it for 3-4 months after Roy was born for no reason other than not taking the time to get out of the house without my child for an hour. I still need to get better at this but get out of the house, just you and do something relaxing. A trip to Target, an hour at a coffeeshop, a manicure or a bit of shopping can do wonders for your mental state. Trust me. :)

7. Do date nights!

Another one we need to get better at, but take time for you and your spouse! Leave the baby with a friend or sitter and do something just the 2 of you. 

I'm sure you all have other amazing tips so I'd love to hear them! What's something that's kept you sane in the early days of being a mom?

 

  • Jennifer Biswas
  • pregnancy/baby

Comments on this post (2)

  • Jan 24, 2017

    YES! Love those Abby!

    — Jen

  • Jan 23, 2017

    Awesome tips! Love this post! I’d add #8 (goes with #4)- dont compare yourself to other moms OR your baby to your friend’s babies!!! AND- #9- stay off Google and listen to your gut/mama instinct! :)

    — Abby

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