The first few weeks of motherhood can be really tough, even if it’s your second, third or sixth child. This is because everybody in your family is adjusting to this new little addition and the new little addition is adjusting to everybody. Needless to say, everything feels just a little bit topsy-turvy!
Here are some Motherhood Hacks that have help me maintain my sanity and stay positive in the first month of motherhood.
Motherhood Hack #1: Enjoy the feeling of Not Being Pregnant
Stretch luxuriously. Take a deep breath. You are no longer pregnant
Bring your knees to your chest. Touch your toes. You are no longer pregnant.
Sleep prone like a starfish or curl up into a ball like a hedgehog. You are no longer pregnant.
Motherhood Hack #2: The Need For a Feed (ie. When in doubt, feed your baby)
Whether you intend to feed on demand or practice parent-led scheduling, it will still take a few weeks for your milk flow to be fully established, and the baby will not have figured out how to feed efficiently yet. This means, that when the baby cries in the first month, you don’t have to freak out and wonder about what it all means – the most likely reason is that baby is hungry!
(By the way, check out my Breastfeeding Motherhood Hacks here)
Motherhood Hack #3: Channel the Red Hot Chili Peppers
By this I mean that you give it away give it away give it away now and then rehydrate yourself thusly:
What you got you’ve got to give it to your daughter
You do a little dance and then you drink a little water
By the way, the whole song takes on a whole new meaning if you think about it in terms of breastfeeding. Heh heh heh.
Motherhood Hack #4: All Hail the Milk Coma
Babies in their first month are hardly ever awake. They spend most of their short one hour waketime feeding, and at the end of it they are just one big, happy, sleepy bag of milk, exhausted from the effort of feeding, and they go right back to sleep again.
If you think that your baby at this stage is super boring, you are SO wrong. The best part of the Milk Coma in the first month is that hardly anything phases them at this stage, as baby photographers like Anne Geddes know. You can dress them up, pose them in all sorts of positions for your own amusement.
Of course, you could also take advantage of the milk coma to catch up on sleep yourself, but where’s the fun in that?
Motherhood Hack #5: Let the brainwashing begin
This is the time where babies are very susceptible to some brainwashing! Whenever my baby is feeding or sleeping during the daytime, I make sure the room where they are is light and bright and there’s always some noise or music playing. At night time, the room should be kept dark and there should be as little movement as possible – I don’t even talk or hum to the baby at night. This is to reinforce the diurnal rhythms of the day and night. Day = Everyone is awake and playing, Night = Everything is quiet and sleeping.
Pro tip: Play music during their sleep and during feedtime. Choose a specific album of music that you enjoy listening to repeatedly. This album of music will eventually serve as a portable baby whisperer during your infant’s fussiest moments when they are older!