4 ways a new mom can take time for herself


(NC) Becoming a new parent is truly one of the greatest joys in life. It can also be exhausting and at times feel all-consuming. Here are a few ways you can take some time back for yourself while you adjust to life as a parent.

Listen and learn
Make feeding time multi-tasking time. Turn on your favourite podcast or an audiobook, or binge that series you’ve been hearing so much about. If the sound disturbs your baby, connect some headphones or turn on closed captioning and hit mute.

Enlist the kids
If you have older children, get them to help out with age-appropriate chores. Younger kids can be tasked with cleaning their room and tidying up common areas. Give older kids some tasks that teach independence and show your trust, such as snack prep or running the laundry or dishwasher.

Up the comfort
If you’re having a hard time relaxing, try a warm bath and soothing music, or give meditation a go. Comfy clothes like soft jogger pants or bike shorts, breezy zip-ups and cozy socks can help you chill out, and nursing clothes, like the Medela sleep bra, can help you nurse more comfortably with less fuss. Nursing with one of their silicone milk collectors also lets someone else feed the baby later while you get some rest or get out of the house.

Pamper yourself
Feeling good about yourself is a great way to boost your mood even when you’re feeling worn out. Getting outside to enjoy the sunshine can brighten your spirits and provide health benefits for both you and baby. For a real luxury, consider treating yourself to an in-home appointment with a personal grooming service such as a haircut or pedicure, or even an at-home massage.