If you have a newborn baby at home, we’re sure you’ll agree that mornings are now even more hectic than ever.
Does it need to be that way, though?
From our combined experience, making some simple but effective changes to your routine can pay enormous dividends.
Today, we’ll be focusing on the following 5 areas that could dramatically improve how you start your days:
- Get Up Before Your Baby Is Up: Be Proactive, Not Reactive
- Allot 15 Minutes for Yourself: Be The Best You Can Be
- Create The Time to Exercise Even If You Don’t Feel Like It
- Prepare Your Baby’s Morning Bottle of Milk
- Be Ready To Shower Your Baby with Smiles and Love
While you might be impatient for the main event, it’s worth spending a minute on what you can do the night before. Preparation can streamline your routine immeasurably…
Fail to Plan, Plan to Fail
All new parents with infants will understand the pain of dashing around in the morning but it doesn’t have to be like that.
While a healthy newborn needs anywhere from 14 to 17 hours of sleep, you’ll be acutely aware that waking during the night is the norm.
3 simple tweaks can make things run much more smoothly in the morning. Consider the following:
- Checklist: Making a master checklist you stick to the refrigerator doesn’t need to be a Herculean task. As an added kicker, once you start adhering to this checklist, it will soon become second nature and your mornings will run more seamlessly.
- Planning your morning: Plot how long your typical morning tasks take. Build in some time for yourself – more on that below – and allow 15 minutes for the inevitable diaper blowout and you’ll have a clear idea of how long you need to get things done efficiently.
- Organize baby supplies: From diapers and wipes to bottles and spare pacifiers, keep your stash of supplies highly organizing. This simple step alone can shave precious minutes off your morning routine.
1) Get Up Before Your Baby Is Up: Be Proactive, Not Reactive
If you’re already finding it tough to be up as early as your baby kicks into gear, you might wonder why we’re suggesting that you get up even earlier.
Although this might seem counterintuitive, you’ll find an enormous difference if you can adjust your routine so you’re already awake, you’ll get the day started proactively rather than reacting groggily to those first screams of the day.
The most effective way to achieve this is to sleep earlier. This should be simplified as you’ll be naturally tired from all those early starts.
If you find your sleep during the night is constantly disturbed – and who doesn’t when there’s a baby in the house? – you could consider co-sleeping. If you’re near your bundle of joy, the burden of nighttime feeding will be eased slightly.
Once you’ve established a more baby-friendly routine for yourself, this will make the next part easier…
2) Allot 15 Minutes For Yourself: Bring on Your A Game
Again, we can hear you asking how you can make time for yourself if you’re already frantically rushing around…
Well, if you prepare properly the night before and you get as much sleep as your new arrival permits, that gets you off to a stronger start. Follow this up with the first step we outline then you’ll be awake and ready for action rather than dragged from dreamland by wailing.
Treat that first 15 minutes as your time and don’t let anything prevent you from setting yourself up for the day.
What are your favorite things in the morning given a free choice?
- Do you start your day with meditation or prayer?
- Is a stiff cup of coffee a must?
- How about checking your email and other communications?
- Perhaps you prefer listening to some music or watching TV?
- Or, maybe you have other kids at home and want to hang out with them?
What you do is not important and entirely personal. You’ll only need to try this tweak to your routine and we’re confident you won’t want to relinquish that precious, personal quarter of an hour. Give it a go, what have you got to lose?
3) Create The Time To Exercise Even If You Don’t Feel Like It
Exercise is key to a healthy life so don’t let your routine slide on account of your baby.
Now, we’re not talking about heading to the gym or lifting weights here. Instead, get a step counter on your smartphone and shoot for 1000 steps. Start small and build up.
Perform some gentle stretching exercises or light yoga.
As with the time allotted to yourself, how you exercise is not important. All that counts here is energizing yourself with some exercise appropriate for your condition.
4) Prepare Your Baby’s Morning Bottle of Milk
If you’re still struggling to make that perfect bottle of milk, there’s a great resource for you right here.
Since you’ll need to wait 30 minutes for the water to cool properly, early preparation means you won’t need to tear around running the bottle under a cold faucet.
As with most of our tips today, everything is interlocking. By waking up early and taking some time out for yourself, you’ll already be better placed for this type of prep.
You can even get the bottle and cooling down then snatch your exercise time so you’re not wasting precious minutes.
Baby’s stomach is so sensitive so you have to watch his nutrition properly and avoid any discomfort. I use anti-colic bottles to reduce the introduction of air into the milk and so I feel relief that my baby’s not going to struggle.
5) Be Ready To Shower Your Baby with Smiles and Love
Now, with all the hard work done, it’s time for the fun part…
Or, what will be fun now you’re better prepared!
By this stage, you’ll be the best version of yourself for the day so it’s time to shower your adorable newborn with all the smiles and love she’ll drink in just as surely as she’ll drink her morning milk.
Everyone’s a winner!
Remember this: if your mornings feel awful, they’ll seem that way to your baby, too.
The central pillars to improved mornings are seizing control of your life, becoming proactive, and ensuring you get to bed early enough.
By voluntarily embracing your day before your baby kicks into gear, you’ll be well on your way to an all-round improvement for you and your precious newborn.