I’ve been a parent for 6 weeks now and boy has it been a learning experience. Today I’m going to share with you the products and practices that helped keep me and Chris sane during the month and half so far. This post has been sponsored by UPRIGHT, an innovative product that helps train your posture – which has been so helpful to me when it comes to breastfeeding.
Before I share these new parent tips, have you noticed anything different? Don’t you love the new blog makeover? I’m so happy to finally be in the 21st century now. I’ve loved my blog look over the years, but my site has never been easy to use on mobile so I’m glad to have upgraded.
Now, onto my tips. Don’t forget to comment your thoughts on both this topic and my new site. I’d love to know your opinion.
When you become a parent, suddenly your whole life and all of your time belongs to someone else and that is not an easy transition to make. Chris and I have had some trouble “shifting” our identity, so to speak. No matter how much you love your child, transitioning into a caregiver role changes you and that’s not always easy to cope with.
Here are the three things that have helped with the process.
New Parent Tips That’ll Keep You Sane
Tip #1: Practice Self-care.
Things like staying hydrated, being careful to maintain proper posture, keeping up with your hygiene, having quiet time or meditating… The little things that you may take for granted will dramatically help you feel more like yourself as you adjust to parenthood.
For example, using the UPRIGHT trainer to teach your body proper posture will help you stay confident. Slouching is not good for morale!
Tip #2: Keep Up With Your Hobbies
At least once a week, you have to spend time with your hobbies. My hobby is writing, and thankfully Chris and I are able to take turns taking care of Jack so that we both can have time doing things that are fun. I try to do so every day, but working on your hobbies one-three times a week would also work if daily is too difficult to maintain.
Having fun, just for the sake of fun, is needed to keep you and your partner’s spirits alive. You can’t revolve 100% of your life to your child, you need to keep a little bit for yourself as well.
Tip #3: Accept Help, Even if it Kills You.
This one is hard for me, I am not good at asking for or accepting help. It’s just not in my nature to ask for anything from others, I like to be in control. But when there is a newborn in the house, you have to let that go and accept what you can get. Let someone take over for awhile so that you can take a nap, take up the offer of a free home-cooked meal, or even have your parents watch the baby for an hour so you can nap. Really, you need it.
With UPRIGHT, you have a daly goal for posture training that gradually increases over time, so itOs really double to get started. When you check them out, make sure to sign up for their mailing list so you can eat a discount on your purchase!
I hope these new parent tips help you feel a little more at peace in your first few weeks as a parent! You can do this, dont worry.
What parenting tips do you have for new parents? I’d love to know your thoughts.