When you’re expecting, you’ll spend ages working out meticulous plans for when the baby arrives. Unfortunately, your new baby isn’t going to respect your carefully crafted schedules and you’ll soon find that they’ll fall apart. There’s so much that you need to do and it’ll soon feel like there aren’t enough hours in the day. But if you follow these simple time-saving tips, you can fit everything in and even have a bit of time spare to relax, even if it’s only for a couple of minutes.
One of the hardest things to fit into your day when you’ve got a new baby is cooking. It’s time-consuming, and if you have to keep going back and forth to comfort a crying baby, you’ll have to leave the food unattended, which is likely to result in a burnt mess. Lots of parents end up living off takeout food but this is the worst thing to do. You’ll already be missing out on sleep so it’s vital that you’re eating healthy food that will keep you going. The best way to do this is to freeze food that you can quickly reheat when you get a spare minute. Before the baby arrives, start some mammoth cooking sessions and freeze everything you make. That way, you can quickly microwave it in minutes when you need to eat.
Once all of that food has run out, you’re going to have to cook. But you can reduce the time you need to spend cooking by making double and freezing it. It does mean that you’ll end up eating the same thing a few times a week but that’s much better than sustaining yourself on unhealthy snack foods and take out that won’t give you the energy that you need to look after your new baby.
Buying frozen vegetables is an easy way to get some much needed nutrition without needing to spend ages preparing and cooking fresh food. Getting a slow cooker is also an easy way to make proper meals with minimal effort. All you need to do is chop everything up and throw it in in the morning and by the evening, it’ll be ready to eat.
When you’re juggling a new baby and all of your daily chores, it’s hard to find time to get out to the grocery store. If you find yourself running out of things, you’ll have to rush out to the nearest store which is likely to be more expensive. But if you do your shopping online, you can get everything delivered straight to the door without having to take time out of your day. Most major stores have mobile apps so you can quickly add things to the list whenever you run out. When you’re buying things like nappies, always over order by a little so you don’t get caught out.
Store Breast Milk
There’s two of you looking after your baby, but only one of you that can breastfeed. That means that a larger portion of the workload falls on the mother, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you get some good medela storage bags for breast milk, you can always have some on hand. That means that whichever one of you is free can feed the baby when they get hungry. This makes it far easier to make the best use of both of your time and it means that you as a mother can have a well deserved rest while your partner feeds the baby.
When you’re storing breast milk, it’s important that you research how to properly store it as well as how to clean and sanitize the bags in the right way so you can make sure that your baby is healthy.
Multiple Changing Stations
Your baby isn’t going to wait until a convenient time before making a dirty protest. If you have to keep going up and down the stairs to change them, it takes time out of whatever else you were trying to do at the same time. Setting up multiple changing stations all over the house means that you can quickly change them and get on with the rest of your chores for the day. Keep a changing mat and a basket with wipes and nappies in each room, and maybe a few toys to keep them entertained while you’re changing them.
Ask For Help
New parents are often reluctant to ask for help. They think that people that will judge them and think that they can’t handle their new responsibilities. The truth is, nobody can handle doing everything on their own and there’s no shame in asking for help. If you don’t have a bit of time off every now and again, you’re going to be completely burnt out and you won’t be able to care for your baby to the best of your ability. Your family and friends will be more than happy to do some babysitting every now and again so don’t be too proud to say yes. You’d be surprised just how much difference it can make to have a couple of hours off to recharge your batteries.
Cleaning the house is probably last on your list of priorities when you’re raising a new baby, but if you don’t keep the house clean and tidy you can put your baby at risk. But trying to clean the house in one go just isn’t going to happen. It’s far easier to do small chunks regularly than do it all at the same time. Each day, just focus on one room. You can slowly do bits and bobs every time you get a free five minutes and you’ll find it far easier to keep on top of things. If you’re getting help from friends and family, you’ll want to relax during that time of course, but it’s also a great opportunity to just catch up on a few household chores.
When you first arrive at home with your new baby, it’s all a bit daunting. But if you’re clever with your time you can easily fit everything in.