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There’s no denying that having a newborn can be stressful. Just like with anything, the key to coping with newborn stress is to plan and prepare. If you’ve got a little one on the way, or have just become a new mum, there are some things you’re going to need to do. Taking the following steps will make life a lot easier, and help your little one stay happy! That’s what it’s all about, isn’t it?
STOCK UP ON THE RIGHT STUFF
You wouldn’t think it, what with their being so small, but there are many things you need to buy for your newborn. With clothes, get cheap bits and hand downs from friends. Infants outgrow clothes at an unstoppable rate, so there’s no point spending a lot of money on this. Things you will need to spend money on are cots, buggies, and car seats. Oh, and don’t forget to stock up on a good set of baby monitors too. Those monitors will be a great comfort to you, especially in those early days. You’ll be able to rest easy, knowing what your little one gets up to in the night.
GET USED TO SLEEPING LESS
Sleep has an entirely different meaning for a new mum. You won’t have the peaceful nights of uninterrupted sleep most people are lucky enough to get. You’re going to have to get used to small snatches of sleep between feeds and disturbances. You’re also going to have to get used to sleeping whenever you can, even during the day. This can take some getting used to. Do a little research and find out what methods other mum’s use. Make sure you get as much rest as possible.
It’s bad enough when you’re worrying about your health, but now you have to worry about your little one’s too. The internet can be a real help in knowing what illnesses to look out for with your baby. Get to grips with the most common ailments so that you can recognise them should they happen. If you’re unsure of a problem your little one is having, however, it can be best to avoid the internet. You’re only going to worry yourself by looking through all the possibilities. If you don’t recognise an illness from your research, book an appointment and get it checked. You could even sign up for a service like Babylon. That way, you don’t have to worry about waiting for an appointment. The sooner you can put your mind at ease, the better.
DON’T FORGET TO PLAY
With all this stress, it’s easy to forget about the playing side of things. A lot of what babies learn comes from the play they experience in those first months. That’s why it’s crucial you play with them often! The type of play you choose is up to you. Sensory play is fantastic because it appeals the most to babies. They may not understand much, but they’ll be mesmerised by pretty colours and new sensations!