Motherhood is as enjoyable as it is taxing. It takes a while for the new mother to adjust to the new situation and this throws her off routine. She has to juggle her time not only for her newborn and her spouse, but also for herself. The new acquired responsibility of the baby forces her to reschedule her daily routine and snatch a few moments for herself.
It is of utmost importance that a mother gets enough rest and recreation to rejuvenate her for the further tasks of the day. Many new mothers are desperate to find a solution to this dilemma. How can they break free from the baby’s responsibility and spend some quiet, relaxed time? Well, if you plan out properly, you can achieve it.
Step 1: Plan your baby’s feeding time
Do not feed the baby at odd times. Set a time-table and follow it. Ideally, it is better to keep an interval of 4 hours between the feeds. This way the baby’s biological clock will be set automatically to adjust to the hunger-feed routine. The interim period can be utilized to attend to other chores.
Step 2: Attend to your needs earlier
In the morning, before the baby wakes up, the mother should prepare herself by taking shower, eating breakfast, etc. Once the baby wakes, it will be easier to attend without any problem. Babies love to sleep after a warm bath and feed. If you have also eaten well during breakfast, then it is easy to snatch 40 winks when the baby sleeps. This will relax your body and mind after the first round of activities.
Step 3: Prepare baby’s food in advance
When baby is ready for its next feed, make sure that you have taken care of the cooking and other chores prior to that. If your baby is sleeping soundly, then if you like you can have your lunch and relax a bit. As soon as the little angel is up and kicking, it is sure going to demand its food and you need to be ready for the moment.
Step 4: Coordinate your sleeping time with that of the baby
A baby and its mother, both are new to a different experience of survival. Both the individuals are trying to adjust to each other and live a coordinated life. Hence, it is very essential that the mother balances the timings of the baby’s sleep and feed to her advantage. The best way to rest, especially during the early phase, is to sleep when the baby is sleeping. This enables the new mother to relax and rest her body.
Step 5: Have a timetable
A very effective way to make time for yourself for relaxation is chalking out a proper timetable for your daily chores. Remember that these timings have to intertwine with the baby’s sleep and feed schedule. Make the most of the time that you get when the baby is asleep. Besides catching a few winks in between, finish off the cooking, laundry, etc. As said earlier, it is actually better to synchronize the sleeping time with the baby’s timings.
Step 6: Take enough rest when the baby is with father
It is a good practice to give paternity leave. The new mother has already gone through a lot since the pregnancy stage. So she rightfully deserves the rest, as much as possible. After all, the bundle of joy belongs to both the partners, so the responsibilities should be shared as equally possible.
Step 7: Finally, good habits go a long way.
If the baby is put into the habit of regular sleep and feeding schedule, then it will automatically respond to that and you will know exactly when it is your free time and when it is your “duty” time.
So plan well and you will overcome this phase of new motherhood with ease and happiness.