Surviving the First Weeks

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If you really can't sleep, take the time to rest by reading a book, having a warm drink, or enjoying the peace and quiet.

Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps

You really do need to sleep when your baby sleeps. There may be a million other things you think you need to do but unless you give your body the time to recover from birth and adjust to the broken sleep, you will hit a wall sooner or later. Get help with the housework, whether this is a paid cleaner, your partner, or friends and family. If you really can't sleep, take the time to rest by reading a book, having a warm drink, or enjoying the peace and quiet.

Don't Get Overwhelmed by Visitors

If you find you are entertaining a constant stream of visitors, let people know that you need to rest and prioritize who you would like to visit and when. It may be very important that your grandmother sees her first great-grandchild, but you don't need to open your door to every acquaintance who wants to see the baby. A phone call or email letting people know when you are able to see them should eliminate most surprise guests.

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Bringing home a new baby can be daunting, but with a little forward planning you can eliminate the everyday stresses and ensure you get the rest you need. This will enable you to meet the needs of your new baby and cope with the demands of motherhood.

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  1. Stephanie says:

    I’m very thankful I have family close that can help with meals and my other child

  2. Estefania says:

    Super excited can’t wait to personally experience all this

  3. LIZ says:

    tnx good i got my family with me, because it was difficult

  4. Samantha says:

    First three weeks with this little man are going to be hard. I will be alone with my newborn, my four year old and our 4 month old husky. My husband will be 6 hours away on mandatory work training and will be gone from my due date until three weeks after. I have no family or friends within 1300 miles either. Wish me luck lol

  5. Alanna says:

    I have so much support. I’m a lucky mommy-to-be.

  6. I say get them on a day and night schedule while in the belly

  7. Timothy says:

    we are a team here and I will cover everything my wife needs…except , the laundry, cleaning and cooking.

  8. Juana says:

    I really haven’t done anything in about 2 weeks I’ll start doing everything

  9. Tina says:

    I really should start thinking about this stuff. I have a feeling that my son will be coming earlier than the due date so I should prepare.

  10. Darlynn says:

    My helped me out with my first born..daughter it was great,I learned a lot from her.

  11. Amanda says:

    Making meals before hand is a GREAT idea! I have been looking at fitness sites and making healthy meals to go some of which you prepare and freeze, good ideas!

  12. Marilyn says:

    I’ll have some help 🙂

  13. Brazil09 says:

    I have a great support system my mom will be living with us for 2 weeks straight and coming 3 days a week for a month. Amen!

  14. katherine says:

    I went directly to my moms house for recovering with my son came home a week later

  15. kenzierae says:

    I am very grateful that I will have my wonderful husband, my parents, and my best friend around to help…don’t know where I’d be without them

  16. Kim Shannon says:

    Hi Kayleighmine! Check out this article – http://www.everydayfamily.com/its-okay-to-say-no-really/
    Maybe it will help!

  17. Mama says:

    How do u ask people for help with out sounding rude or pushy? Not everyone has kids or gets that people need help and if its not mom or dad people don’t always get it.

  18. Janice says:

    When my baby and I came home from the hospital, I spent time at my mothers house, so she could assist me with the baby until I had recovered.

  19. Dominique says:

    Im happy I got my mom taking care of things and having my husband by myside to help with our other kids too

  20. JamJam says:

    So glad my family will be here to cook my meals for me at first while i get settled. and i like the sleep while baby sleeps idea

  21. Grace says:

    i would so enjoy visiters but no one has come over…. i am blessed to have a church that is giving me meals every few days. and i cannot sleep when my child sleeps becasue i have children

  22. JenniferLynn says:

    I just move to another state, so is difficult in this summer time to go outside making new friends…
    At the moment, i have no friends who can visit us.

  23. Angela says:

    It’s great when family and friends are willing to help. Take them up on the offer, mommy needs a break too!

  24. Julie says:

    I may cook and freeze a few meals, but me and my husband will probably rely on family the first few weeks more than anything. If visitors become a problem at my house, once the baby goes to sleep I will to whether people are here or not. I think they will get the point that way.

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