My 5 top tips for new parents

I truly believe that becoming a parent makes you an expert in YOUR  OWN child. If you pay enough attention and spend enough time with them, you and your partner get to know them better than anyone else. There are some things that I have realised in my 8 and a bit months of parenting that I would like to share. Here they are:

  1. Observe your child and watch for any patterns that develop with their feeding, nappy changes and baths. This may not be possible within the first 8 or so weeks but you will eventually recognise when they respond well to nappy changes and baths. You’ll be able to spot signs for hunger, tiredness or even trapped wind.
  2. Help your baby to feel secure in your arms. You are doing an amazing job and are the best person to be your child’s parent. Babies can sense insecurity, uncertainty and fear. Speak to them in a loving and assuring way, even if they are crying, try your best to remain calm and not get worked up.
  3. Take lots of pictures of your baby as they grow and change because its true what they say- time does really fly and they’ll be a toddler before you know it.
  4. Staying organised will help you to spend more quality time talking to and engaging with your baby. Simply putting a few things in place during the evening for the following day will help you start the day in a more relaxed way. This could be setting up for the morning bath, running a wash through the night or making sure bottles are cleaned/sterilised will all help.
  5. SELF-CARE – this is so so important mums. Take some time out for you! It could be a work-out, going on a short walk alone, having your nails done, a bubble bath. Whatever it may be try and get some time to look after yourself. You need to be in a good place to give your child your best. Agree with your partner a set day or a little time each week to do something yourself, you’ll feel refreshed.

Thank you for reading x

Me time

My time in the train gives me space between work and home to reflect, plan and sometimes just leave work behind for the day and think about the evening ahead. 

I’ve always valued having (at some point in the day) some time to reflect. It’s the perfect opportunity for me to also look through my diary and jot down some actions for the week/month. This organisation helps me to always allocate my time strategically instead of rushing around when I remember last minute that there are 5 things that need to be done in an hour! I’ve written a blog post about organising your time in a previous post so do check it out.

Having a little me time here and there also allows for some self evaluation, asking ourselves questions like: how have I been using my time lately? How productive am I being in my personal time to reach some of my own goals? Am I balancing my work schedule and making time for my friends and family? Am I too busy?

Life can often move at full speed and it’s only when we intentionally take time out to stop, step back and look at the bigger picture will we gain a healthier perspective on where we are and where we’d like to be.

If you’d like to more reasons why ‘me time’ is good for you, check out this link.

Have a great remainder of the week 🙂 x