Being a new mother is a strange feeling. You’re incredibly happy to have this wonderful baby in your life, but you’re also incredibly disorientated from exhaustion.
It’s important to look after your mental health during this adjustment period in your life. You need to do so for the sake of your baby’s health too.
Here are some ways to keep you and your baby happy.
Spending time with your baby is good for both of you. As a new mother, you don’t need to be told that. You find it just as difficult to be apart from them as they find it to be apart from you. Whilst it’s important to take breaks from time to time (e.g. letting your parents or a friend look after the baby), you shouldn’t ever worry about giving them too much attention – that’s impossible in those early months of development. Babies are happier when they know that their mother is nearby; this makes them feel loved and safe. And you probably feel happier when you know that they’re nearby too. It’s a win-win situation, so make the most of this bonding period.
Another important way to look after you and your baby is to exercise frequently. Exercise has obvious benefits for your physical health, but it can also do wonders for your mental health. This is crucial for your baby because they develop rapidly with every passing day. You could try out a baby swimming class if you want a good place to start. It’ll help your child to develop a new skill and practice it from a young age, but it’ll also be a great chance for both you and your baby to socialise with new people. Again, the best types of exercise are physically and mentally stimulating.
A daily walk could also be very healthy for you and your baby. It feels like a very simple form of exercise because it isn’t very strenuous, but it can do more for your physical and mental health than you might realise. From your baby’s perspective, it’s another learning process. You’re introducing them to the outside world. You can point out interesting things you see in nature. Perhaps you’ll pass some dog-walkers on the way; babies and children love seeing animals for the first time. See? Exercise doesn’t have to be a boring activity (for either of you).
This is the most important way to keep you and your baby happy. During those first few months, getting your baby to sleep can be tough. They’ll cry at all hours. In turn, you’ll find yourself crying at all hours because you’re sleep-deprived. But rest is absolutely essential to your physical and mental health, so you need to find a way to make sure that you’re getting enough every night. And if you can’t sleep during the night because your baby is crying then you might want to call over one of your friends during the day to keep an eye on your little one whilst you take a nap. Remember, you need to prioritise sleep if you want to keep you and your baby happy.
Article from S Powell.