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Research reveals that 70% of new mothers experience mental health problems. That’s because a new baby comes with loads of financial, physical, and emotional commitments, which overwhelm new parents.
And this easily leads to mental health issues, financial struggles, or both. That’s why it’s important to make plans to take care of yourself, your family, and your baby’s needs during this critical time. Here are five important plans to consider after having a baby.
1. Plan for help and support
Having a newborn is a full-time job, and it can be overwhelming to handle everything independently. It’s essential to plan for help and support, whether from your partner, family members, or friends. Make a list of tasks you need help with, such as cooking, cleaning, and running errands, and ask your support system to pitch in. You can also consider hiring a baby nurse to help you in the first few weeks after birth.
2. Plan for self-care and adequate sleep
It’s easy to forget about self-care when you’re a new parent, but taking care of yourself is crucial to prevent burnout and exhaustion. Plan for self-care activities that you enjoy, such as taking a relaxing bath, reading a book, or going for a walk. Consider scheduling a massage or a haircut to help you feel refreshed and rejuvenated.
Adequate sleep is also crucial. Newborns require around-the-clock care, and it can be challenging to get enough sleep during this time. However, sleep is crucial for your physical and mental health. Plan for sleep by taking turns with your partner to care for the baby at night, or consider hiring a night nurse to help you get some rest. You can also take naps during the day when your baby sleeps to catch up on lost sleep.
3. Create an emergency fund
Creating an emergency fund for your new baby ensures financial stability and peace of mind. Having a baby comes with unexpected expenses, from medical bills to time off work. An emergency fund can provide a safety net for these unexpected costs, allowing you to focus on caring for your new family member. Additionally, emergencies can happen anytime, including losing your little loved one. While it’s difficult to think about it, having emergency funeral plans sorted is worth considering.
4. Have a feeding plan
Whether you’re breastfeeding or formula-feeding, feeding a newborn can be a time-consuming and challenging task. Set up a comfortable feeding area in your home, stock up on feeding supplies, and have snacks and drinks on hand. If you’re breastfeeding, consider taking a breastfeeding class to help you learn about proper positioning and latching techniques. If you’re formula-feeding, research different types of formula to find what works best for you and your baby.
5. Don’t forget to bond
Bonding with your baby is essential to early development and can help build a strong connection between you and your child. Set aside time each day to spend one-on-one with your baby, such as during feeding or bath time. You can also consider participating in baby classes or groups to meet other parents and babies and engage in activities that promote bonding, such as baby massage or music classes.