Whether this is your first child or your fourth, there’s going to be changes that come with a new baby. These changes range from increased financial cost and meal planning to increase demands on your time and energy. There’s a lot that goes in to caring for a little one, so be sure you’re taking the steps you need to be to get support from those around you.
Get your partner on board
If you’re lucky enough to be with the father of your little one, chances are your partner is already by your side, wondering what he can do. One of the best ways to get support is by making use of this valuable resource. Talk to your partner about the new needs this baby will bring, both for you and any other children in the house. Divide up duties in the early days so that you can both get as much sleep as possible, and always share with each other. Sharing your feelings can help them feel not quite so overwhelming, particularly as hormones start to play a role and sleep deprivation kicks in.
Talk to those around you
Don’t be afraid to talk to friends and family about the coming changes. Everybody knows things are probably a little crazy for a growing family, and many are more than willing to hear you out (and help in any way they can). Sometimes just having a willing ear can mean the difference between stressing out and savouring the months to come.
What if you’re working?
For working parents, a new baby comes with new demands that must be added to existing demands of work life and scheduling. Take some time to think about how the baby might change things. Are you still going to be available the same hours? Are you planning on taking a maternity leave? Can you work from home some of the time? The more information you have, the better equipped you will be to handle the demands of work and home life.
Take time to recharge
The final tip we have here is important: take time to recharge. There are a lot of family demands that come with a baby, but that doesn’t make you any less important and it doesn’t mean you won’t need some down time from time to time. Make yourself some tea before the baby wakes, take a hot bath, or call in a babysitter for a little alone time with you and your partner.
Whatever it is you decide to do, make sure that you’re making full use of the supports around you in the months to come. You probably have more resources at your disposal than you know, and by making use of them now you can prevent a lot of heartache and headache later.