New to single motherhood and don’t know what to do? Here is your checklist of how to take care of your newborn as a single mother. Keep a few points in mind and you will be an incredible parent!
Parenthood is bliss but only if we had a rulebook, giving us the exact amount of chaotic fun, it brings, it would probably be much easier. Having a partner, may help when it comes to bringing up a child but if you are a single mother, we’re right here with you. It is especially difficult in the first few weeks after your baby is born. Taking care of your newborn as a single mother can be challenging but hey, we are here to make your life easier. Here are a few tips that we compiled for you to get you through everything as smoothly as possible.
Keeping a Track of Your Finances and Stocking Up Supplies
First things first, let’s make a list of income and expenses. Take it easy in the first month because that’s when it would be the most overwhelming. The first few weeks of postpartum is meant to be taken on easy. Hence, make sure that you have everything that you would need. Make a budget and keep updating it. You can go old school by using a pen and pad and making tiny, colourful sticky notes or you can switch to an excel sheet. But keeping track of where your money comes from and goes to, is quite important to plan ahead and save.
You can use the nine months of pregnancy to stock up supplies like hair products, skincare and maternity care. Make sure that you have enough supply for at least the next 2-3 months after your little one is born. That would help you to avoid running errands every now and then.
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Keep Your People Close
Sometimes, it can get too exhausting or overwhelming. You’d need a break and that’s when you would need your close friends and family to help you. Your close ones could babysit, while you take time to delve into that peaceful slumber you have been craving for more than a week. Or you could simply call them up for a movie night with lots of your favourite food.
You’ll know that at times, all you need is just a bucket of your favourite ice-cream and your favourite person (other than your little one) to tell you how well you have been doing and just to chat!
The most important thing to remember is to ask for help when you need it. Be vocal about your needs. You are already doing great but don’t push yourself. You’ll find that many would go out of their way to help you. All you need to do is ask.
Find Other Single Moms Clubs or Groups
Many single moms suggest that joining a club or a group meant for single moms was one of the best help they have got. They would know exactly what you are going through and not only will you find that they are giving out the best advice for new moms, but you may also end up finding a best friend for yourself as well as your baby.
Prioritize The Needful
Moms are inherently superwomen. But remember that you need not prove that to anyone. You are already doing great, understand that it is okay to leave a few things be. Being a single mom, you probably try to do everything all together like cooking, cleaning, managing a full-time job and taking care of your newborn.
However, it need not always be so. You can clean the house alternately or have a specific schedule. Additionally, you could create a routine of cleaning one room per day. This would reduce your workload and make time for other things.
Avoid a Guilt Trip
Whether being a single mother was your choice or a result of circumstance, you must have questioned yourself on if you are doing things right, if you are giving your little one enough time, if you will be able to provide enough and the list goes on. Finding reasons to feel guilty can be easy but that’s not healthy. Focus on the good, the blessing that your baby is, the dreams you have, if your little sunshine is healthy and loved, and the home of love and laughter that you both share.
A Baby Swing
You’ll discover that a baby swing is your best friend now, if you haven’t already. Getting a good swing which rocks back and forth gently would keep your little one calm and allow you to get most of your work done, like laundry or taking a shower easily.
Sleep When Your Baby Does
The best time to sleep would be when your baby does so. As a single mom, your sleeping schedule would have to depend on your little one as that would be the best time to get the nap you have been wanting. Don’t worry about household chores or getting work done, then. Take that opportunity to rest and give yourself a break. You have most definitely earned it.
Taking care of your newborn as a single mother is no less than the work of a superwoman, which you are! But in the meantime, do not forget to focus on yourself. Do the things you love once in a while and do not forget to make yourself a priority too.