The birth of a child initially throws everything into disarray. Nothing is the same anymore. That is wonderful, exciting – and sometimes exhausting. We have put together some tips and tricks to help you get through the postnatal period and cope with your new everyday life with a newborn!
The first few weeks with a newborn , also known as the postnatal period , are a truly exceptional time. Mother and baby first have to cope with the physical affects from birth before they can start finding a new daily routine. So, don't worry if things are still a little chaotic at this point. Breastfeeding , changing nappies, eating, shopping, etc., are all things that take time to become routine.
It is therefore a very good idea, before you go into labor, to talk with family and friends and ask for their help during the first 2-3 weeks after birth.
The following tasks can all be performed by others:
Whatever form of help is available – do not be afraid to accept it!
You can’t expect to follow a strict routine in the first week with your newborn . Try not to put too much pressure on yourself and enjoy these first weeks with your new precious bundle. As soon as you feel up to going for short walks, and once breastfeeding or bottle feeding is going well, you can get started in setting yourself gentle routines. A structured day helps not only the parents, but many babies also settle well into a routine.
However, your routine will depend on many individual factors:
Whilst routines are useful it is also important to remember that life happens. You don't have to plan the day to the minute and stubbornly repeat this routine.
Set activities at specific times are helpful. So instead of mapping out the complete day, it is sometimes easier to keep individual aspects similar every day:
After breakfast, (weather permitting) many mothers like to take their babies for a walk in the pram or baby sling as fresh air is great for both mum and baby. For fussy babies, in particular, a regular daily routine can provides important support. Above all, adequate sleep is important for sensitive newborns. Regular rituals or sequences of meals and rest phases help them to calm down more easily. But regardless of any routine there is no need to fret: nothing is set in stone and the regime can change from week to week depending on the development stage .
With a little patience and by being aware of the needs of everyone involved, over time you will to find a good balance between consistent structure and flexibility suitable for everyday life.
We wish you a wonderful start to your life as a family!
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