So, I figured during this part of your life, where you don’t really sleep very much, I’d share some helpful stuff that I and some other mom friends have come across during our postpartum experiences. If this isn’t your first rodeo, I’m sure a helpful reminder won’t hurt. Women helping women. Nothing bad has ever come out of that.
You guessed it, it is Number 1 priority for new moms. It doesn’t matter if this is your 4th time giving birth or your first. SLEEP IS KEY. Did you know that there have been studies done and the bottom line is: if you don’t sleep, you aren’t going to really be able to do any one thing very well. It’s sort of like being in Zombie Mode. Not good for you or your baby, or the rest of our family. Sleep as much as you can, whenever and wherever you can. True story, before kids I never napped and I thought my husband was silly for always sneaking one in. Turns out he was onto something. Brains need zzzzzzs to function properly. Mama, you need to take care of yourself so that you can take care of your baby. When baby sleeps, silence your phone and go to the darkest place you can and fit in a nap. You can always shop for more diapers/wipes etc while nursing. Which leads me to …
Shopping For Essentials
Have you heard of this thing called Amazon? You can buy ANYTHING you could possibly need (including pantry items, see FOOD below) and get it within 24-48 hrs depending on where you live if you have Prime. If you do not have Prime, now is the time to enroll. With a couple clicks, you can load up on diapers, wipes, diaper cream, pacifiers, crib sheets, changing pads, nursing items, and my favorite: nursing tops that you can actually wear out of the house with leggings. Not that you are really going anywhere (or maybe you are) but it always feels good to look good. Do not underestimate the power of a loose nursing top paired with leggings, anything stretchy without buttons/zippers etc is your friend right now. I know there are other sites out there, and you can use those, I just really like having everything in one place. Saves time, which is like gold.
Whether you are breastfeeding or pumping or both, You need to meet my bestie, the hands free nursing bra. This product will save you so much time, and you can use both hands to answer emails/texts from your friends, go on FB or Insta, shop online or play candy crush. Whatever you want to do, no one is judging. This one company has a slew of different bras too, including their genius Supermom number: www.simplewishes.com and no, I did not get paid to link them. I just happen to love the company and their products, plus women should always support women when they can.
Do not cook. I know, you make an awesome fill-in-the-blank and are really not that tired so you’ll just make some. No. Put down the pan and walk away. Fun fact: my first pregnancy I forwent sleep to bake about 18 loaves of bread. I have NO idea why, but boy was that dumb. Save your energy and let your friends bring you over food, anytime they ask if you need anything. They asked and are willing to help, let them. Food is the one area where you can save on time and reallocate it to sleep, or spending time with your growing family. Trays of lasagna, baked chicken breasts with sauce or premade salads and soups with bread are easy meals, AND will get you the nutrition you need. Sorry, the pregnancy cravings for fritos and pizza with ice cream aren’t going to cut it anymore. You need protein and veggies. And the better you eat, the more your milk will come in and transfer that goodness to baby. Don’t forget to snack on nuts if you can, such loaded goodness. Also, avocados. When your friend’s have run out of cooking power or taking the night off, order in. There is so much out there now a days that you can order food from practically anywhere and chances are that they will have something of a “healthy” nature.