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 early days of the postnatal period, in particular, are a truly exceptional time. Mother and baby first have to cope with the physical strains and changes before they can start to find a new daily routine. So, don't worry if things are still a little chaotic at this point. Breastfeeding, changing diapers, eating, shopping, etc., are all things that take time to become routine.
It is therefore a very good idea to organize enough help for the first 2-3 weeks after the birth, before you go into labor.
The following tasks can also be performed by others:
Whatever form of help is available – do not be afraid to accept it!
As soon as you are fit enough to go for short walks again, and once breastfeeding or bottle feeding is going well, you can get started: a structured day helps not only the parents, but also many babies to become content with their new situation.
However, your routine will depend on many individual factors:
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, many mothers first take their babies for a long walk in the pram or in a baby sling – this not only gets mom and baby out in daylight and fresh air, it also gives mom an opportunity to exercise while baby enjoys a long nap. For fussy babies, in particular, a regular daily routine provides important support and ideally even "therapy". 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 it is possible 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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