Baby/New Mom

10 Tips for Getting Through Baby’s First Weeks

March 11, 2013

The first few weeks of having baby home are exciting and fun but can also be exhausting for new parents! Here are some tips to help in the initial adjustment to baby’s arrival home so you can enjoy his or her first weeks in your new family.


1. Make and freeze a few meals before baby is born and have friends and family bring meals on a set schedule (so you don’t end up with a ton of food in the first couple of days home only).
*There are several books available that have great recipe ideas for make and freeze meals like this one with healthy options or this one.
*Take Them A Meal is an online meal scheduling website that allows friends and family access to a personalized calendar where they can sign up for specific dates to bring a meal. It also allows for input of any special dietary requests or food allergies. I used this after having Baby D and it was great because we were able to have meals each week for the first couple months rather than all at once- such a huge help!


2. Enjoy the late nights with baby. Although you may be exhausted and sleep deprived, the late nights can make for some special moments with baby Your little one will only be a newborn once and all too soon not be as dependent on you so savor these times of bonding with him/her.


3. Accept help from friends and family. I had a hard time depending on friends and family to do things like my laundry or running to the grocery store after my little one was born. In the end though, it was a huge relief and allowed me to rest and focus on my baby.


4. Sleep when your baby sleeps. Although it may be hard to sleep during the day, this may be the only stretch of sleep you will get so take advantage of it and let whatever else you have to do go for the time. Rest is super important for a happy and healthy mommy!


5. Stock up on eco-friendly paper products! This will save you time in doing the dishes (especially if you don’t have a dishwasher like me).


6. Don’t give up on breastfeeding! The first few weeks are the most difficult because baby is learning how to latch and feed correctly as well as eating frequently but this will ease up in the coming months. If you really need a break so you can rest, pump a bottle of breastmilk for your partner to help (just don’t make it a habit to skip feedings since the first few weeks are when milk supply is building and increasing to meet baby’s needs).


7. Get social! There are so many emotions you are going through as a new mom and it helps immensely to get out and visit with your friends and family.


8. Don’t expect your body to be perfect! It took nine months for your your little one to grow and it can take that long or more for you to get back to yourself. The first weeks are no time to diet (especially if breastfeeding).


9. Initiate a schedule for breastfeeding and your day’s activities. This will help you and baby have more predictable days (and eventually nights).


10. Set up stations of your most used baby gear and supplies (i.e.: diapers/wipes/blankets) in multiple rooms. I had diapers, wipes, nursing pads, blankets, etc. in my bedroom and downstairs. This saved me running up and down the steps each time I needed to change a diaper or nurse (which seems like all the time in the first weeks).
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14 Comments

  • Reply Briana Jeffers March 17, 2013 at 3:03 pm

    Great tips!

  • Reply Leah March 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I agree with all of these! Especially number 3! We had two babies via c-section in two years and I was on bed rest for the first trimester of baby number two. I had to learn how to accept help even when I didn’t want to. But I am thankful for all those who pitched in during that time…what a blessing!
    Leah @ simplehomeblessing.com

    • Reply Peace Love Organic Mommy March 18, 2013 at 3:33 am

      It is so tough to accept help when your used to being independent. I too was on bedrest after my youngest daughter’s birth for about a month due to her delivery and complications and I don’t know what my husband and I would have done if we didn’t have my parents and in-laws to help with basic everyday tasks.

  • Reply Del Kroemer March 17, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    This was a wonderful read and reminder! I’m a 4th time mommy, but this was all good to read, especially the breastfeeding bit, as it is my first time doing that! I am in the first week with baby number 4 and it has been trying. Thank you for this post, I will be sure to share it!

    • Reply Peace Love Organic Mommy March 18, 2013 at 3:30 am

      Thanks and good luck with breastfeeding :) Try to stick with it– it does get better after the first few weeks! Congrats on your new baby!

  • Reply Bonnie Way March 18, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    Great tips – thanks! We’ve had lots of friends drop off meals for us which has been a huge blessing with this baby, but we do have a full fridge (and a very small freezer!). :) If you have older kids, I’d add time to just sit and play or read with them – or find friends or family who can spend extra time with them. I’ve been reading my girls stories while nursing the baby. :)

    • Reply Peace Love Organic Mom March 26, 2013 at 9:17 am

      Good point! I forgot about making time for the older siblings on this list! My husband and I took turns doing special things with just my older daughter during the first few weeks and included her when we could in the care of the baby.

  • Reply Mums make lists March 24, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    Great tips – would love for you to link this up at the Baby Shower a link party for all things pregnancy and new baby – Alice @ Mums Make Lists xx

  • Reply Sarah Avila March 26, 2013 at 12:14 am

    These are great tips! As a mom of 7 I can say you are spot on with these tips! Thanks for linking up with My Pregnancy Journal!

  • Reply Mums make lists March 28, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up at the Friday Baby Shower Alice xxx

  • Reply Steph D. July 8, 2015 at 10:17 pm

    Awesome tips, thank you! I am due in a month and a half so I need all the tips I can get :)

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