Life as a new parent: Setting yourself up for success

Today’s post is written by our friends at bamboobies, makers of premium, eco-friendly breastfeeding support products that address a variety of pregnancy and new mom breastfeeding needs.

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It’s no secret that becoming a new parent can be challenging. However, having a plan in place and letting go of some of those pre-baby expectations can help make life with a new baby a little less stressful allowing you and your partner to enjoy each and every moment of this amazing new journey.

You will have dirty dishes sitting in the sink for longer than you’d like, the garbage may not go to the curb one week, and your clean clothes may not get folded. On top of it all, you will be having more visitors than normal all while you and your partner are tackling parenthood. Just remember, these things are bound to happen, it is nothing to stress over, and simple planning can make it work! Here are four ways to help make the transition smoother.

In this together

As you and your partner embark on the journey of parenthood, remember, with a new baby can come changes for your relationship. Not to worry, you’re not alone! Keeping an open line of communication and setting expectations for both of your new roles, will help eliminate any stress or worry. Decide together on boundaries of when and how many guests come over to prevent any upset. Also, dividing other important household tasks or even diaper duty during the night can make both parents feel involved and not overworked.

Breastfeeding with support 

Breastfeeding is another component of new parenting. Even though it’s natural, it’s not always easy. Stay hydrated and take care of yourself. If you’ve got sore nipples try boob-ease® Organic Nipple Balm. It’s new mom nipple TLC and doesn’t have to be washed off before baby nurses. Dad can help by making sure you have what your need and are comfortable – water bottle, snack, support pillow and something entertaining like a cute baby. It’s helpful for Dad to take baby for a few minutes when baby is done nursing, maybe change a diaper if needed and give you a moment. Wear clothes that are easy-access for baby and try ultra-soft, heart-shaped bamboobies® Washable Nursing Pads, so you don’t leak through your shirt

Please excuse the mess 

Keeping up with housework will seem daunting if you hold yourself to the same pre-baby standards. Embrace what we call “scruffy” hospitality. This simply means that everything will not be perfect and that is okay. Some simple things you can plan for ahead of time are meal trains to help with a couple meals a week, a neighbor kid to walk the dog and put out the trash as well as friends or family to come over and help with dishes or folding laundry and allowing you to take a shower.

It takes a village 

The best thing a new parent can do is seek support from other likeminded individuals. Finding a support group for new parents can help calm your nerves about baby’s sleep habits (or lack thereof), eating schedules, and everything in between. Finding your village will also build your network or friends that will provide support and advice when it is needed most.

Becoming a new parent will be the most rewarding and challenging time of your life. Making arrangements ahead of time and planning for help will set you up for success. Also, keep the camera (or cell phone) close by and capture everything. The time will fly by, so enjoy it!