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Time for You, Too: Self-Care Tips and Advice for New Parents

Today’s post is a guest post by a co-author, Janice Russell.

About The Author

Janice Russell believes the only way to survive parenthood is to find the humor it. She created parentingdisasters.com so that parents would have a go-to resource whenever they needed a laugh, but also to show parents they aren’t alone. She wants every frazzled parent out there to remember that for every kid stuck in a toilet, there’s another one out there somewhere who’s just graced their parents’ walls with some Sharpie artwork!

Time for You, Too: Self-Care Tips and Advice for New Parents

Caring for a newborn is an all-encompassing responsibility that leaves little time for anything else, making it extremely hard to find time for yourself. And yet, as a new parent, your ability to provide adequate care depends in large part on your health and emotional state. That’s why self-care is so important. If you’re breastfeeding, getting enough sleep and time for yourself helps with milk production, keeps up your energy level, and helps you better cope with depression. When you’re a busy new parent, self-care needs to be a concerted effort. There won’t be many opportunities to go for a long walk, take a restful and undisturbed nap, or read a book. Remember, if you don’t make time, there will never be time.

Sleep groove

When it comes to self-care, sleep should be your first priority. It helps keep your immune system strong and makes it possible to keep up with those 3 a.m. feedings. Finding the time to get regular sleep is key, so figure out a way to schedule time for sleep based on your baby’s rhythms and tendencies. Try not to think of sleep as something you can continue to do for seven to eight hours at a time. For new mothers, it’s more realistic to get two or three hours here and there throughout the day when your baby’s sleeping, or when your partner can take over for a while. You’ll feel more refreshed than if you work in a long stretch every couple of days, and little else in between.

Find a confidant

New moms need someone to share experiences and frustrations with, someone who can provide advice and moral support when you hit a rough patch. You can usually find a community of new mothers to share with at a local baby store, or a website such as Meet Up. No one understands what you’re going through quite like another new mom.

Time off

Every new mom needs a little “me” time to recharge her mental batteries and process the experience of motherhood. There won’t be time for much self-indulgence in the first few weeks after giving birth, so find time to get away with friends, relax at a local bookstore, or get some “retail therapy” once you and your baby have established your sleep and feeding patterns. Make an arrangement with your husband, or ask a family member to babysit now and then so you can do some meaningful unwinding.

Do what you do

A major part of self-care is making time to do things and go places that make you happy. That could mean attending a yoga class, meeting friends for coffee (decaf, of course), or taking a stroll in your favorite park. Some new moms spend time meditating to restore a sense of inner peace and relieve some of the stress that often comes with motherhood. It’s important to deal with stress in positive, healthful ways rather than turning to an addictive substance, especially if you’re still breastfeeding. Try different approaches for finding the time: Get up earlier in the morning, or arrange things so that you can take the night off once a week.

Get moving

The emotional and physical benefits of getting exercise every day are well-known. Health care professionals recommend getting 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Obviously, that won’t be possible in the first few weeks after giving birth. When you’re physically ready, try going for a walk on your lunch break, climb stairs instead of taking the elevator, ride a stationary bike, or do some resistance exercises at home when you have the time.

There’s nothing wrong with taking care of yourself once you’ve given birth. In fact, it’s important for you and your newborn. Don’t feel guilty about asking for help or setting aside some time just for yourself.

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Before You Change Your Baby’s Diaper, Do These 3 Things

We are back with another guest post on my blog. This post is by Erica Johnson.

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Erica Johnson is the Main Editor for Inner Parents and a very proud mother of two who’s passionate about the latest parenting tips & baby products.

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Babies, especially infants, are really good at a few things during their first stage of life: sleeping, eating: and making a complete mess in their diapers. Some parents have a little difficult with the last one, especially if they have not changed a diaper before.

Don’t worry! With InnerParents diaper changing tips: 3 things to do before you change your baby’s diaper, even the most inexperienced parent will become an expert in no time.

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1. Set up your station

The last thing you want is to be hands deep in a messy diaper change and realize that you left your diapers, or diaper cream downstairs. Before you get started make sure that all of your necessities are easily within arms reach. Every diaper station should have plenty of diapers, wipes, and diaper-rash cream easily within reach.

Diaper changing supplies:

·         Wash cloth or wipes

·         Disposable or cloth diapers

·         Rash cream

·         Bag for soiled items

·         Set of extra clothes (just in case)

2. Make sure your baby is safe

Before you get into the actual diaper changing, you want to ensure that your baby is in a
safe place. This is especially true if they are high up, such as on a changing table, a bed, or a couch. If straps are available, use them. Even your newborn who can’t roll yet can stretch and fall of the surface. Don’t just rely on these straps, keep a constant eye on your baby to ensure that they are safe.

3. Distract your baby

You probably don’t need anyone to tell you the babies are antsy. Especially when you need them to lie still for a diaper change. In order to set yourself up for a smooth diaper changing experience, have something in mind to
keep him or her occupied. Play peek-a-boo, place a mobile over the changing table, sing songs, shake a rattle. This will help your little stay focused on something other than the fact you are changing their and prevent wiggling mid-change.

Once your set up, you’re ready to get down to business! Here’s how you’ll tackle the diaper change:

1.      Once you’re set up, put the baby on your designated changed surface

2.      Make sure you have the new diaper and a few wipes ready before you remove any clothing and diaper

3.      Open the buttons on your child’s outfit or remove the pants to check if any diaper contents have spilled into the clothing. Focus on removing this mess first.

4.      If the diaper only contains urine, gently clean the baby’s parts.

5.      If the diaper is soiled gently use remove any excrement with the diaperas you fold it up under the baby.

6.      Use a wipe to clean from front to back. Make sure you check and clean under all of the folds of your baby’s skin. This may take several wipes.

7.      Once the baby is clean, use diaper rash cream where necessary and put on a clean diaper.

Did you enjoy this list? If so, don’t forget to like and share! Use the comments below to tell us about your favorite way to prepare for your baby’s diaper change. 

 

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A beginner’s guide to baby wearing- what do you need to know

This is a guest post by a fellow blogger Anjana Bhartia.

About the author
Anjana Bhartia is a mommy blogger at MommyRepublic.in She describes herself as an imperfect mom stumbling through motherhood, discovering the joys of natural and attachment parenting along the way. 
She is a strong believer of ‘when we know better, we do better’. She is a Mama Bear at MommyRepublic.in

 

Carrying a baby to enhance the physical attachment is a traditional practice in many Asian countries. The modern practice of carrying or attaching a baby with oneself with the help of a sling or any fitment is called as baby wearing. These slings and accessories aid to carry a baby is known as Baby carriers.

Any baby who has crossed the period of first three months is ready for baby wearing. However, you need to ensure the following points before starting baby wearing.

 

A baby should have

  • crossed three months of age
  • gained latching power to feed in baby carriers
  • a good control over his neck to fit into baby carriers

The above considerations are imperative, and once you are confident that your baby is now ready to be carried in carriers, you ought to make sure which type of carriers are suitable for you and your baby.

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Safe and sound baby carriers:

We can see a range of baby carriers in the market, so choose the one which best suits your body and lifestyle.

Wraps:

Wraps are the most basic and simplest of all baby carriers. A fabric, any kind be it cotton, linen, wool, knits or woven is used to carry a baby and this traditional practice has been around for many years. Wraps ensure safety and comfort in carrying a baby irrespective of its age; ranging from infant to toddlers. Learning to tie a wrap seems to be difficult initially but it will turn out to be simple with practice.

Slings:

In slings, we have two different models which have gained popularity. One is Ring sling and the other is a pouch sling.

As the name suggest, ring slings use a metal ring to join two sides of a 2 meter fabric. These rings are adjustable and ensure right positioning of a baby. The excess fabric gives a tail like appearance which can be used to cover babies while nursing or protect against sun light.

On the other hand, pouch slings are custom-made and cannot be transferred between caregivers. Having a similar structure that of ring slings, these non-adjustable fabric are stitched or woven to suit the size of baby and caregivers.

Buckle carriers:

The most popular kind of carriers are bucklers. Adjustable buckles over shoulders and across the hip guarantee safety while carrying kids. As straps are adjustable, it can be shared between caregivers. This particular type is good for nursing a baby while carrying.

Meh Dai:

This type of baby carriers are a mix of both modern and traditional style in babywearing. Sharing similar pattern with buckle carriers, Meh Dai uses fabric for strips over both shoulders and hip area. Longer strips on the shoulders cannot be modified in size, though shorter strips over the hip can be adjusted.

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Advantages of baby wearing:

The practice of baby wearing has lot of benefits and few of them are listed below:

  • It extends the parent- child relationship by providing a physical bond between baby and parents, which is essential in the early days.

 

  • Baby wearing helps in overcoming postpartum depression by developing an intimate physical bond. It also facilitates breastfeeding. For dads also it’s a great way to get skin on skin contact with baby.

 

  • It allows more body movement for babies when compared to carry cots, and babies enjoy the swaying motion you will make when moving about.
  • Baby wearing allows the parent to work while holding the baby, so that you can get some of those chores done! How in the world does a tiny human have so much laundry!

I started babywearing quite late, because I used to have severe back ache issues. My only regret is that I should have started sooner! In case you were wondering I chose an Ergobaby baby carrier because of the safety certifications and because was flame retardants free. Since then I have discovered many new and awesome brands (and much more cheaper) on Instagram!

So do check out all the varieties and brands available in the market before finalizing one! Babywearing is a joy, which every mother should enjoy! Have you tried baby wearing? Share below!