10 Sanity-Saving Ideas for First-Year Moms

  • 10 sanity savings ideas for first year moms

    Being a first-year mom can be tough because  the first year of motherhood is such a roller-coaster ride – physically and emotionally. It’s full of ups and downs, good and bad, tears and laughter. Tales of mothers never changing out of pajamas, or adopting yoga pants as a daily uniform, are abundant. Showers can be scarce, just like sleep. Your mind stays wrapped around the baby’s every need and every move.

    It’s not hard to fathom, then, how first year mothers can forget about themselves. Feeling like you’re losing your identity, feeling and looking less than your best, battling loneliness – all common themes in the first year.

    How do you get yourself out of this quicksand of negativity? Here are 10 things that helped me as a first-year mom.

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10 Sanity-Saving Ideas for First-Year Moms

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, she traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison is a former blogger (Writing, Wishing), and her writing has been featured on Mamalode,On Parenting at The Washington Post,The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, Club Mid, andDrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists ... More

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  1. Profile photo of Tracy Tracy says:

    I needed to read this because I am stressed that I am going to be stressed when the baby comes. Haha

  2. Profile photo of LIZ says:

    #3 its very important

  3. Profile photo of Bianca Bianca says:

    I’ve seen what happens to people after they have their first kid and i always worry its going to be a lot… well im certain it is but i think these are really helpful although i dont think its possible to even do more than 3 a day i do think they will help wonders and im glad i found them early .:)

  4. Profile photo of 2girlsmomma 2girlsmomma says:

    This is the first time I have read these tips and I have just realized I have been doing some of these, but they all sound helpful, I will try the others.

  5. I really find these tips helpful. I have a problem asking others for help. I always thought of it as a sign on weakness. I feel much better knowing that it isn’t.

  6. Profile photo of monette3 monette3 says:

    I really like these tips…I worry about what is going to happen to my life and identity after I had my baby, so I love that these tips are so simple and doable!

  7. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Glad the tips helped!

  8. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    You don’t have to do all 10 every day. Even just one or two a day will do you wonders!

  9. Profile photo of Grace Grace says:

    this tip is a good one, my first baby i did not know this and was tired all the time!

  10. Profile photo of euszjpvb euszjpvb says:

    til I looked at the receipt which said $9161, I accept …that…my friend was like truley taking home money parttime on their laptop.. there friends cousin haz done this 4 only 13 months and recently paid the dept on their home and got a new Alfa Romeo. I went here, http://www.wow65.com

  11. Profile photo of __jackie4 __jackie4 says:

    there just arent enough hours in the day to do this

  12. Profile photo of __jackie4 __jackie4 says:

    there just arent enough hours in the day to do this

  13. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    That’s awesome, Kim!

  14. Profile photo of Kim Kim says:

    one thing that works well with me is hamburger helper meals. You can easily change small things or add more healthier ingredients to make them healthy and my family loves them. Add salads as a side also, and for desert, fruit filled jello and sugar free apple crisp are things that are relatively quick, easy and healthy.

  15. Profile photo of Kim Kim says:

    i think im so lucky that so many of my friends have kids, it means we can have plenty of playdates, and while the kiddies play, we can catch up

  16. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Betty, cooking is definitely something that takes time and you, away from the kids. I’m glad you found something that works for you!

  17. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Thanks, Jaimie.

  18. Profile photo of Alison LeeAuthor Alison Lee says:

    Great, good luck, Melissa!

  19. Profile photo of bettyjvivas bettyjvivas says:

    Great tips!

    The biggest time hurdle for me has been cooking. I finally had to face the fact that I was spending way too many night ordering my kids dinner the the local drive thru. As a single mom, with three kids and two jobs, I was at a loss. I had time to cook dinner (as long as it was fairly quick and simple) it was figuring out WHAT to cook that was healthy, but didn’t break the bank, and finding the time to look up and compare recipes.

    I use a meal-planning service to take care of the research and stuff, so all I have to do it shop and cook. There are several out there, I use hautemealz.com, which is run by a group of chefs. Love the food, all of the recipes are simple, but unique, and I actually having time to cook for my kids again. Plus, they’re always available to answer my questions (I’ve actually messaged them from the grocery store!)

    The fact that they organize each weeks recipe to use similar ingredients has really cut down on the weight of my shopping cart, too.

    It’s pretty cheap, at $5/month…less that one cooking magazine, especially considering the time (and fast food money, lol) it saves me!


  20. Profile photo of blurtoin blurtoin says:

    Makes so much sents great tips

  21. those were great tips and im going to be useing them from here on out