January 10, 2017
If you ask any new mum to describe what their life has been like since they become a parent, they are likely to say that it’s turned their world upside-down; that the combination of overwhelming love and overwhelming sleep-deprivation has hit them like a whirlwind and changed life as they knew it.
Those first few months can be incredibly hard for new mothers, luckily, there are plenty of services and products out there designed to make life that little bit easier. Take a look at some of our must-haves for mums adjusting to their new lifestyle:
Despite them being unable to walk or even crawl for the first few months of their lives, you’ll be amazed at how much mess seems to follow babies around! They can go through up to twelve nappies and numerous outfits every day, and that’s before you consider all of the extra equipment and accessories which need cleaning and tidying away: the breast pump, the changing table, the toys, the blankets…
Many new mums find this additional workload incredibly challenging – which is why bringing in a cleaner once or twice a week is a great idea. It takes some of the pressure off and allows mothers to enjoy more quality time with their little ones without worrying about laundry or washing up. If a cleaner isn’t viable, enlist the help of a well-meaning friend or relative – new grandmothers are usually most keen to help out in any way they can!
When you think about it, babies have never known true silence. While they were in the womb, they will have been surrounded by the constant noise of your body working and moving around them – so trying to put them down for a nap in complete silence can be quite disconcerting for them at first. Try using a white noise generator to create some background noise. This can be very soothing for new babies – and can help new mums get some much-needed sleep!
Even the simplest tasks can seem like enormous obstacles for new mums. A trip to the local shop or the dry cleaners requires endless planning and a concerted effort to get out of the door with a fully-packed pram. Some women nowadays opt to bring in some assistance in the form of a PA or concierge service.
You can choose to have as much help as you wish – some PAs simply drop by to help with running errands or basic tasks, while others offer a more comprehensive service, with gourmet meals delivered, house-cleaning options and many other duties. Don’t feel like you need to go it alone.
Mothers raising their babies in the comfort of their homes face some tough sartorial challenges. They need to choose clothes that are simultaneously comfortable enough to nap and breastfeed in, while still being suitable for answering the door to the
Mothers raising their babies in the comfort of their homes face some tough sartorial challenges. They need to choose clothes that are simultaneously comfortable enough to nap and breastfeed in, while still being suitable for answering the door to the postman or welcoming an unexpected visitor who’s popped by to see your new arrival. They should also be machine-washable, and able to hide a multitude of stains.
Stock up on plenty of comfortable clothes while your body is still in recovery – from ribbed tees and yoga pants to gorgeous comfy machine washable merino wool or cashmere loungewear. Eventually, you will feel you’re ready to slip back into your slim jeans and a button-down blouse, but there’s no need to rush.
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