by Contributing Author
Lucky are those who became a new parent during the lockdown. Why, because work from home norm allowed them to balance and easily manage their lives between work and baby. Convenience of working from home, flexible working hours, time to cook good food, and having enough fun with the baby allows enough rest time. Although you can also pause your professional life, other responsibilities that come with taking care of the baby are unavoidable.
Another great and obvious way for the mom to rest is when the baby is sleeping. To ensure that your newborn goes to sleep as soon as you feed and take him/her to bed, look for ways that help block light. Some examples are opaque shades, blackout canopy, dark blinds, or curtains. Also, get yourself a high-quality sleeping mask that blocks out light for a deeper sleep. Here we have listed some more ways to help you get some rest while being a new parent.
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1. Support each other and split the responsibilities
Well, parenting is a dual responsibility that must be shared equally between the two parents. As it’s new for both of you, it is exciting and might be frustrating as well. Teamwork is very important to improve rest as a new parent. When one of them is taking care of the baby, the other can manage the rest of the work or take a nap if required.
2. Ask for help from outside
It is ok to hire a maid babysitter or call a friend or relative or reach out to neighbors for help. However, you must only hire a trustworthy person for this work. Since your baby will be in continuous interaction with them, it is important to be well-behaved, educated, and caring. It might be more difficult when either of you must move out of the station, and the other one must manage things on their own, in that case asking for help outside help you have a good rest.
3. Meditation helps
For new mothers, it is very important to meditate to control their emotions, as your body might be going through so many changes that you may burst out when your baby cries. However, it is beneficial for both the mother and the father to meditate and stay calm to enjoy the challenging phase.
4. Check baby’s health
Babies cannot speak, but they convey their problems by crying. If your baby is crying for a longer period and not having a proper meal, call or reach the doctor as it might lead you to serious discomfort and issue with the baby’s health. You should make the proper decision at the earliest.
5. Invest in stuff that assists you
There are many options to help you keep a check on your baby while they sleep, such as the electronic baby swing and baby monitor without you beside them. You can use this time to take a nap as long as they sleep once they are awake, the devices will call you. Baby carriers can also be of great help to keep you comfortable with your baby when you move out.
Hope these ways help you get an ample amount of rest and sleep without compromising your new and exciting parenting life. Although it gets annoying sometimes, it is one of the most special phases, and you get a load of memories to cherish later. So, be patient and enjoy a great rest with your baby.