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La Leche League Canada

Adjusting to Life with a New Baby

on February 4, 2014


During pregnancy many of us imagine all the things we will get done while baby naps. Reality can be very different when baby wants to be held, even when napping, and you love gazing at your sleeping angel. So how do you get anything done in the early weeks and months?

First, set your priorities: People before things and little people before big people is often helpful in deciding what to do and when.

Second, adjust your expectations: simple meals, clean clothes and surrounding that are clean enough and orderly enough to be safe are reasonable goals at this time. Your life probably will not look like a magazine photo spread or TV show and your baby won’t care that it doesn’t.

Third, be creative: Lots of things can be done with baby in a carrier. Baby will be happy to be close to you and you have a hand (or two) free to get something done.

Fourth, allow others to help: things may not get done exactly as you would do them but if the job is done that is good enough. Older children like to work beside you. Let them match the socks or fold the towels while you deal with the rest of the laundry. Give them a cloth and let them dust anything they can reach or sweep the floor with a small brush.

Fifth, be kind to yourself: be honest to yourself and others about your limitations in time, energy and focus. Looking after a baby is full-time work and it is the most important work you can be doing right now.
Enjoy today!

If you need more information or have a breastfeeding problem or concern, you are strongly encouraged to talk directly to a La Leche League Leader. In Canada, Leaders can be located by clicking or Internationally






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