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As a new mom, are you wondering how to balance your time between tending to your newborn's needs and your household chores? Here's a guide with simple tips to do the balancing act
The arrival of a newborn in the family brings a lot of excitement and happiness. Along with it, of course, your routine takes a hit. For, you would have to spend most of your time tending to and caring for your baby. And, that is how it should be! A baby needs constant attention and you need to give it. But, at the same time, your day-to-day chores need to get done. And, if you neglect them, they can get piled up, making you feel rather overwhelmed.
So, how do you balance your parental responsibilities and your routine duties? A simple way would be to create a system that allows you to perform this balancing act well. And, here are some tips to go about it.
As a new mom, if you want to get everything done in a single day, think again. Most of your time will be dedicated to your little one. This means you will have very limited time to complete your other chores around the house. Therefore, you need to prioritize your tasks. Make a list of what you have to handle every day. Then, place them in the order of how important they are. If something can be put off for a later date or simply ignored, do it. You will then free up time to focus on what is more important now.
When you can clear off the most significant tasks, you will feel a sense of accomplishment. And, you can enjoy your time with your baby as you will not be weighed down by numerous responsibilities.
Newborns tend to sleep a lot. They may doze off for about two to three hours and then be up for a couple of hours (during which time you will need to feed them) before falling asleep again.
As each baby is unique, there will be some variation in the natural routine. Make a note of the number of times your baby is most likely to fall asleep and wake up. Also, time the naps. The intervals between naps will be your free or 'me' time.
Remember, it's important for you to understand your little one's natural routine, in order to adjust your schedule accordingly. For instance, does your baby have a late start to the day? If so, you could wake up early and get more things done during this period.
'All hands on deck - Spouses Unite!' Keep this in mind. Remember that you are not in this alone. Get your spouse to help you handle household or other important tasks. When the two of you combine your free time, you will be able to get a lot more done. So, make sure your partner is pitching in as well.
Sometimes, fathers can feel left out or a bit confused about what they should be doing. After all, for the first few weeks or months, babies may be more inclined to stay with their mum. This is why you and your partner should have a frank discussion about sharing responsibilities.
There is a lot your spouse can do to help, even if he is working full-time. So, look at the 'to-do' list that you made together. Highlight the tasks that you can manage by yourself. Then, see which ones your partner can tackle during the day or week.
Once you have divided up the work, your tasks won't seem as insurmountable. Not to mention, when you both work together, you will be able to cross things off your list more quickly. This leaves you with even more quality family time.
Does your infant wake up every time you attempt to sneak out of the room? If so, you may find yourself unable to do much. To overcome this problem, keep your baby near you while you handle work around the house.
You can do this with the help of the best baby bassinets in the market. As bassinets are lightweight and portable, allowing you to move them around the house, you can get all your work completed while keeping your little one in your sight at all times.
A word of advice, however. Cleaning chemicals, dust, etc., aren't good for babies. So, make it a point to keep your baby at the opposite end of any room that you are cleaning. Or, leave the spraying and heavy-duty cleaning for a later time.
You may call a friend or relative to watch over your little one when you need to leave the house and can't take your baby along with you. You may even call them over to babysit while you are handling various chores. For who wouldn't love to watch over an adorable newborn for some time?
The Internet can be useful for new parents, particularly while trying to balance parenthood and daily chores. So, consider how you can use it to your advantage. There should be plenty of things that you can get done online - ordering groceries, paying bills, and even shopping for baby items. So, whichever task you can handle digitally, go for it. You will be surprised at just how much time you can save in the short term and in the long run.
So, these are the top tips for getting things done around the house when you have a newborn. As you can see, all it takes is just a little organization and preparation for things to proceed smoothly.