Baby Blues: Baby Care Bites Every Parent Should Know!
Tips to Beat the Baby Blues Now!
How are you today? Happy? On top of the world? Or are you feeling, weepy, irritable lasting anything from a few hours to maybe a few days? without knowing why?
Shh! You are not alone!
This is called the baby blues (APNI 2007, PRODIGY 2008).
It’s probably the last thing you expected to feel after the joy and ecstasy of having your baby.
But this is caused by hormonal changes. Your body has some major adjustments to make including adjusting to pregnancy hormones and all that new sense of responsibility that comes with having a baby.. it can be overwhelming. Your appetite may even change as well because your hormones are going back to normal!
These early days is about bonding.
Sometimes it does not happen straight away because you are so busy with feeds, nappy changes and sleepless nights
So, the key here is trying to rest as much as you can. Yes, take the time to rest. So ask yourself.. are you resting?
9 Tips to keep you to keep you on high:
1. Make life easy for you by learning to work around your baby’s sleep pattern. Accept the help that is offered!
2. Sleep when the baby sleeps because they only sleep in blocks of two to four hours.
3. Try to go to bed as early as you can or have some shut-eye Before the baby wakes up. Again, during the day, nap when a baby does.
4.An endless stream of visitors? If it’s not conducive .. say No. The visitors may mean well and you want to show off your new arrival, but be aware mentally how many people are coming over each week .. are they, visitors or helpers?
5.Set your own limits but take up offers of help from family and friends because you do need all the rest and as many home-cooked meals as possible.
6. Be assured that it gets easier as the baby gets older.
7. Do NOT be supermom, the only thing that really matters is that you and your baby are well fed and rested. Sparkling home with dustless ornaments especially your award-winning cooking and cakes will have to wait.
8. The weeks following birth can pass in a blur. However, the more time spent with your baby, and the more you get to know how to respond appropriately to their needs.. the closer you will feel. Quite a joy!
9. Early days as a new mother can be isolating even lonely at times. Try to get out of the house every day, even though it may feel like quite a task, frankly, it can really help lift your mood!
Make an effort to get out and meet new mums. Look for local mother and baby classes.