If you’re expecting a baby, then chances are you’re wondering what purchases are worth their price or going to make your life easier. Having a new baby can be tough, especially if it’s your first time, so it’s worth spending a little to find ways to make your life easier. Whether it’s investing in a baby swing, buying a good quality sound machine, keep reading to learn my top 4 tips that can make your life easier as a new parent.
1. Buy a Baby Swing
If you’re a new parent, then you might be surprised by how much a baby wants to be held. After all, they’ve just spent the last 9 months all cozy inside someone’s stomach, so being outside can be quite the shock for them. Having a good quality baby swing can be a great place to put them down while you get something done. While babies shouldn’t sleep in the baby swing, it can be a great place to rock them to sleep before you transfer them to somewhere safer.
2. A Good Quality Sound Machine
There are a number of great baby sound machines on the market which can help ensure that loud sounds such as dogs barking, and people knocking on your front door, don’t wake your baby up. There’s nothing worse than finally getting your baby down to sleep and something waking them up. A sound machine can also be a great way to get your baby to have a clear sleep routine. You can incorporate it as a part of their nap and bedtime routine so it becomes a bit of a sleep cue.
3. Food Prep
Having a new baby at home can be extremely exhausting, especially if your baby gets days and nights confused. One of the best things I did before having my first child was that I did a few meal prep meals and popped them in the freezer. It meant that whenever we were having a tough day with the baby, I had an easy meal I could just pull out and put in the oven. You can also do freezer bags filled with ingredients for crockpot meals. This really helps ensure that you have more time for enjoying your baby and getting the rest you need.
4. Get Comfortable Asking For Help
Many of us are taught that it’s weak to ask for help and that we should be as independent as possible. But as the saying goes, it really does take a village to raise a kid. Why not ask for someone to come help you by holding the baby so you can shower, or get some things done around the home? I’m sure your family members will love the extra baby snuggles, and it will give you a break to focus on something else. Sometimes you can get lost in the new baby stage, so it’s nice to have some adult company.
Being a new parent can be a real challenge, but these 4 tips can make you feel more confident and prepared for this challenging but extremely rewarding season of your life.