Love | Keep | Treasure
23 September, 2019
When your baby first arrives in the world, you will be inundated with guests, all excited to see your bundle of joy.
However, after a few weeks, this buzz can quickly calm down, and before you know it, it’s just you and your little one.
This can be a daunting time as a new mum, especially if your pre-baby life was filled with social occasions and getting out of the house. But the same should remain even after your precious newborn arrives.
Yes, your life changes after having a baby, but that doesn’t mean the things you enjoy should take a nosedive.
Getting out of the house and feeling like you is essential. As they say, happy mum, happy baby.
With this in mind, we’ve shared some of the tried and tested tips our Poppie & George mums have used to remain social post-baby.
Friends Round Friday
So you can’t quite build up the courage to leave your newborn alone just yet. Don’t worry!
Instead, invite your friends over for a casual night in on a Friday. Put on an easy dinner and pop open a bottle of wine. You could even get out an old board game and see who’s competitive side comes out.
Besides, it doesn’t have to be a fancy dinner party, just an occasion for you to come together to have fun without any fuss. You could order in your favourite takeaway or just grab a couple of ready-meals from Waitrose or M&S.
While your baby may feel like the centre of the universe right now, it’s important that from an early stage you set aside time for you and your partner.
As well as constantly just feeling like ‘mum’, this time provides you and your partner with a reminder that you are also still a couple, and in a loving relationship.
Even if you start with just dinner at a restaurant for a few hours and gradually build up to an entire evening, by giving yourself and your partner time together you can continue to build a strong relationship that will make you both feel safe and secure.
There’s no hard or fast rule about date nights, once a week or once a month. Find a day and time that works for you both, so it doesn’t become forgotten about.
Discover A Hobby
The beautiful thing about the world of becoming a mum is the number of classes you can do with your baby.
From mother and baby yoga to swimming and even dancing, there is a range of unique and diverse classes you can now attend with your baby in tow. Search online for classes near you, or ask friends for some suggestions.
Choose a hobby that you would have enjoyed pre-baby, and enjoy the incredible feeling of sharing this class with your baby.
Getting out regularly to take part in a hobby will not only make you feel good, but you’ll also help you meet other mums.
Know Your Boundaries
To bring the baby or not to bring the baby, that is going to be the question.
There will no doubt be times in the first few months when you wonder if it’s right to bring your baby along to a social event. But the truth is, only you will understand where your boundaries lie.
For some people, they may love bringing their baby along and showing them that life exists outside of the home. But for others, there may be times when a bit of ‘me time’ is required.
The more you do, the more you will come to learn both what you’re comfortable with, and what your baby can handle.
By continuing to create healthy friendships and an active social life post-baby, we’re showing our children how to value personal relationships that exist beyond immediate family. So if you ever feel that pang of guilt, remember that this is a valuable life lesson for you and your little family.
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