Making it Through the First Few Months
Even if you think you are fully prepared for the first few months of being a new parent, you’ll soon find that there will be times when you still feel rather out of your depth. This season can introduce many new feelings and many of us constantly wonder how best to navigate the needs of this brand new season with a precious little person whose needs us so much.
While everybody’s experiences are different, nobody expects the first few months to be completely easy, but there are certainly some great tips for making everyday life run a little smoother. Here are a few ways that can help you make it through those all-important first months.
Be sure to accept help
You’re not being a burden by accepting help that’s offered to you – you’re actually doing one of the best things for yourself. You shouldn’t be expected to be able to handle everything independently, and you can’t be down on yourself for accepting help, whether it’s a cooked meal or a shower break.
Learn to say no to visitors
A new arrival is also exciting for friends and family, but you need to remember that you’re allowed to deny visitors, notably in the first few weeks. You’re still learning the ropes, and trying to juggle family visits can add more stress to your day. Take some time to settle yourself first.
It’s okay to cry
You’re understandably going to be overwhelmed by emotions, and, if you find yourself needing to let it out, it’s perfectly okay to let yourself cry. You’ll be an emotional rollercoaster, and it’s not weak to need to take a break or a breather – you more than deserve one.
Introduce your own routine
This may take a few weeks, but establish your own routine and stick to it. You’ll soon get to know your baby’s cues, and then you’ll be able to implement their needs into a set routine. While a schedule can feel strict, it’s going to make the entire process so much easier, especially during those first months.