Eat, cry, sleep. And that on repeat. Being a mom is exhausting. Certainly, if you are not long yet or your little one cries more than eats or sleep, over tiredness is lurking. Yet it is best for everyone if you feel rested. Perhaps these tips will help!
You probably also know that you have to eat healthily, but we all know it: when you are tired, you snack. And then you generally do not reach for snack tomatoes or mini cucumbers, but for chocolate bars, bags of chips, and quick takeaway meals. The sugar rush you get from that is just what you don’t need when you’re already tired. Certainly, in the first period of being a mother, it can therefore absolutely do no harm to call in auxiliary troops. Bet that (clean) mom or one of your friends will happily whip up a nutritious meal for you?
Follow your baby’s rhythm
Babies are so cute! But at the same time, they can drive you crazy if they don’t seem to stop crying just when you want to sleep. In the first period, it can give you peace of mind to adjust to your baby’s schedule. Does your little one snore for a few hours during the day? Beautiful! It is tempting to hang over the crib and stare at your miracle or to get rid of the pile of laundry, but use that time to take a power nap yourself. Then you can go back to it afterward.
Don’t let your bedroom get wasted
It’s easy to use your bedroom as a storage place for piles of laundry, unfinished IKEA projects and half the baby trowel, but that won’t hurt your night’s sleep. You sleep best in a bedroom that is tidy and clean. So pay attention to that. Invest in a nice blanket, a fresh fitted sheet and a cozy duvet cover. Small changes that immediately make your bedroom a lot more attractive and your bed irresistible. Trustees!
Divide the tasks
Doing everything alone would be exhausting for just about everyone. Try to divide tasks where possible. One night Dad’s on duty, the next night Mom. Visitors often love to bathe your little one – saves you work again when everyone is out the door. And maybe your mother (in law) wants to come by to give the house a thorough overhaul or your neighbor can bring groceries with him if he goes to the store anyway. In general people are only too happy to help. You just have to ask them.
Try to let it go
Take a deep breath and relax. Your life has suddenly changed completely and it makes sense that you have to get used to that – resulting in a lack of sleep. Rest assured: we are all secretly doing something. So don’t worry too much about what you think being a mom should entail and do what feels right. Go with the flow.
Sitting indoors all day long doesn’t make anyone happier or more energetic. Outdoor air and exercise generally ensure that you sleep better. And even if the weather is not so nice, you can still take your little one outside. Wrap up nicely, put a comfortable baby blanket in the pram and go with that banana. Take a long tour through the forest or drive to the coast and breathe in the fresh sea air. Believe us, tonight you will sleep like a baby.
Take some time for yourself
It quickly falls short, but even though you are now a mom, you are still ‘just’ a woman. Set aside some time for her. Arrange a babysitter and watch a movie with a friend or plan a date night for you and your lover. Those things may not be high on your priority list right now, but they often give you energy. And we all know that you can use that right now!