Preparing for the arrival of a new baby can be a hectic time, and so it helps to get organized. To help you out and minimize the stress, try taking on board these simple tips.
1 . Baby Shopping
First things first, it’s time to go baby shopping, (which is often the fun part)! Make a list of everything you need first, whether it’s baby clothing, a cot, bottles, Double Buggies, or toys. It can be a good idea to set yourself an approximate budget before you shop, to ensure that you don’t overspend. Check out reviews where possible, and prioritize eco-friendly materials and brands, if you can.
2. Prep The Baby’s Room
Preparing the baby’s room is an important task. It’s vital to create a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere, to ensure your baby will be able to get a good night’s rest. It’s best to paint with calming colors, and use eco-friendly paints to avoid toxins.
Choose a baby mobile for the cot, to help your child relax and drift off more easily. It’s best to purchase compact storage solutions so that it’s easy for you to store toys and keep things neat. To save money here and there, preloved apps like Wallapop or Letgo might come in handy.
3. Arm Yourself With Learning Tools
Perhaps you’re a new mother and you’re feeling a little overwhelmed? To help you to destress it can be helpful to find some learning tools. You can learn lots in the form of apps, books, or podcasts. To get you started, try these apps for mothers:
- Baby Sparks: The Baby Sparks app provides plenty of parenting advice and tips, plus info on milestones and development. The app includes over 1000 different milestone activities for you to check out. Baby Sparks was designed by experts in child development, here you’ll find activities related to language, self-care, sensory skills, and more.
- The Parent Hood: This is a fab podcast for any parent who doesn’t have all the answers! Here you’ll find engaging, impartial, and professional advice, from a team of parenting experts. Recent episodes have delved into themes such as ‘small steps to being a great parent’, and ‘boosting your child’s immunity’.
4. Mentally Prepare
The arrival of a new baby can be a stressful time, and so it can help to mentally prepare yourself with some stress coping tactics. There are plenty you can try including meditation, yoga, breathing exercises, or walks amongst nature. Herbal supplements such as valerian root and passionflower can help to reduce stress. It’s best to consult your doctor before taking any new supplements, especially when pregnant.
5. Build A Support Network
As a new mother you’re going to need a little help every now and then, and so it’s useful to build a support network. Not every new mum has family and friends close by, and in these situations, the Peanut app can be helpful. Using this application you can connect with other mothers in your neighborhood, for friendship and support. To help new mothers, Peanut is a great resource.
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