So, you’re getting ready to have a baby or you’ve just recently had one- and you’re wondering what you can do to save time with a newborn. I recently had my 5th baby so I am here to say, that it does get easier!
There are simple things you can do right now to make your days easier, your night’s calmer, and to keep your sanity. Whether you’re preparing for a new baby or you (like me) just had one, you’re in the right place! As a mom of 5, these simple tips have really helped me! Here are my best tips to make the newborn stage easier!
1- Taking Care Of The Baby Bottles Right Away
If you’re a bottle-feeding mama, this may seem like a mundane or small task, but this really saves time AND keeps that baby bottle fresh and clean! I have a bad habit of leaving the bottle on or near the couch once my son has eaten. I’ll clean it right before feeding him, which is not a great idea because sometimes when he’s very hungry, he’ll be crying until the bottle is made.
However, the times where I DO take the time and clean it right after he’s done, all I have to do is add the formula and make his bottle, so that’s less time baby is waiting for the bottle! It sounds silly, but it really is something that goes a long way if you think about it (actually, you could say that with all of these tips!). It’s also not a bad idea to have more than one bottle..but don’t be like me and let them pile up at times!
For breastfeeding moms, yes, I have a few tips for you too!
- Have your area ready and stocked (with baby things, snacks, water, etc!)
- Cleaning equipment right away if you’re pumping
- Decide on a show to binge-watch while you’re breastfeeding! I chose Greys Anatomy when I was breastfeeding my 3rd baby for a short period of time
2- Pick Up Around The House Whenever You Can
Now, I’m gonna tell you right now- with a house of 5 kids, I can clean up any room and it will be torn up in 10 minutes. However, it’s really important to understand that there is no doubt that’s going to happen. But you can pick up as you go throughout the day. This makes it so much easier whenever you are really ready to start cleaning up. This way there is only a little bit to do as opposed to it being overwhelming and if you’re like me, end up putting it off sometimes.
My kids all help out when they can, too. They make the mess and they clean it up. If I notice someone has brought their shoes downstairs after I have told them for the millionth time to go put them upstairs, by golly I’m going to make sure they put it back. Or, at least I try to. Some days are better than others, can you relate?
3- Sleep When The Baby Sleeps
Okay, don’t roll your eyes on this one! I know that this is something that new mothers are told repeatedly and you keep hearing it again and again. But it’s so true. Especially the newborn stage and especially if you’re a first-time mom. If you have kids already, depending on their age, of course, it will be much harder to accomplish this.
Before I started working again full time, I got my little nap all the time during the day. I would try to time it perfectly when my toddler would take a nap. Some days it worked, and sometimes it didn’t. But I still tried. It’s important to get your rest. Also, if someone is offering you help, take it! Take that nap!
One of the things I hear the most, though, is that once the baby sleeps it’s hard for some to go right to sleep. I get it, I really do. But if you can’t sleep, at least try to lay down and get some rest! I bet you’ll be asleep before you know it. This is definitely one of the best ways you can make life easier with a newborn.
Tip- Try to feed and burp the baby right before you’re ready for a nap!
4- Keep Up With Your Laundry
I hate to love laundry! I actually love doing laundry but have such a hard time folding it. This brings me to…you guessed it, staying on top of your laundry! There are few things more annoying than wanting to put your baby down for the night and realizing you’ve got no clean pajamas and you have to either a) dig for a pair in the unfolded clean laundry or b) head into your sleeping toddlers room to see if you have any clean ones.
I struggle with this at times and so I know someone else does, too. Find a good system that works for you, and do it! Don’t let it pile up. A good system to use is folding and putting it away right after it’s done… if not right after, don’t wait for more than a day to put those clean clothes away!
5- Give Yourself Grace
Getting stressed out is not only detrimental to your health and well-being, but it’s also not good for the baby. It’s not good when they’re in the womb and it most definitely isn’t good when they’re finally out of the womb.
Your baby depends on you, and babies can sense if you’re stressing out. Try to stay calm, breathe, think happy thoughts, whatever gets you to that place of contentment. Your baby will be much happier, and so will you! You’ll be more focused and able to make better decisions. So give yourself grace and don’t be too hard on yourself.
6- Make Time For Yourself
Making time for yourself is a must. As a mother of 5, working full time, if I don’t get at least a half-hour to an hour of time to myself daily, I tend to be cranky. I normally get this time when the kids are in bed. I re-focus and get re-charged. Works every time! Sometimes all I need to refresh is to watch the latest episode of the TV show I’m binge-watching or a movie with my husband. Find that thing that brings you joy, and do it!
7- Make Time For Your Spouse
This is something I see all of the time in Facebook groups. Women posting that after having their baby they feel that their relationship lacking. So, make time for your spouse and find something to do together. My husband and I like to watch movies and sometimes play video games. It does get hard at times to find that time. It’s also important to communicate!
8- Ask For Help
This is one of the most important rules! If you are struggling with any part after having your newborn, please don’t be afraid to ask for help. Even aside from family and friends, there are so many community resources available to you. I encourage you to call around and see what is out there, and what kind of help you can receive.
Final Thoughts On How To Make The Newborn Stage Easier
In addition to these 8 tips, I’ve also learned that the main thing truly is CONSISTENCY. So, do not just do any of these tips for just one day, and then stop! Do it all the time, whenever you can! I hope you enjoyed these tips to make the newborn stage easier from a mom of 5!