A lot about your daily routine is going to change after having a baby, especially your mornings. Suddenly, you don’t only have to think about yourself first thing when you start your day. Your main priority will be caring for the new addition to your family.
If you’re having a baby, you can expect your morning routine to change in the following ways.
10 No More Sleeping In
After having a baby, you’re probably not going to sleep in for the next few years. The average time a baby wakes up in the morning will vary, but it tends to be early. They may go back down for a nap later in the morning, but you’ll already be well awake at that point.
Let’s just say, if you weren’t used to early mornings before, get ready for a change after the baby arrives.
9 Baby Gets Ready Before You
Unless you manage to wake up before your baby, you’re likely not going to get ready until later. As a mom, the baby is your number one priority. All their needs come before your own. Many mornings you’ll find the baby is changed, dressed and fed before you’ve had a chance to change out of your sleepwear (and that’s totally okay).
8 The House Is Likely Messy
When you have a baby, there’s a lot of stuff you’re going to acquire in preparation, like gadgets, toys, and clothes. Plus, you’re going to have less opportunity to clean once the baby arrives and demands all your attention.
Needless to say, the house will likely seem messier than usual with a new baby. So, get ready to wake up to a less-than-organized home in the mornings.
Having a messy home can be a big stress. As per Metro, one survey found that 60% of parents find the state of their house to be the most stressful thing. Remember, go easy on yourself and only do what you can without burning out.
7 Breakfasts Are Now Chaotic
Before having a baby, you may have been used to relaxing mornings where you could sip your coffee in peace while reading the news or going on social media. But things are going to be much more hectic once you add a baby to the mix.
All of a sudden, you need to worry about getting a (sometimes fussy) baby to eat. The older and more active they get, the more difficult it can be. You may find little time is left for you to eat your food, let alone take some time to do anything else.
6 Baby Goes Where You Go
You’re barely going to get any alone time during your mornings with a baby if anything. Unless you have someone else who can lend a watchful eye, the baby is going to need to go where you go.
For some parents, this means putting their baby in a play pen (or other secure device) while they shower or use the bathroom. Birute Efe of Playtivities admits the only way she could shower in the mornings was if she took her baby into the bathroom directly with her.
5 Morning Showers Can Be Tough
On a similar note, you may find that showering in the mornings is next to impossible with a baby. Whether it’s a lack of time or needing to keep an eye on the baby, dry shampoo may be your best bet. Consider taking a shower at night if it will make your morning routine easier.
4 Getting Ready To Go Out Takes Longer
If you need to head out in the morning (like if you’re going to work), know that everything takes a long time with a baby. You need to account for getting them ready in addition to yourself.
Plus, if you need to drop them off at childcare, that adds additional time to your commute. Don’t forget how long it takes to put a baby in a car seat! You’ll likely have to leave the house earlier than you would pre-baby to make your obligations on time.
3 Remembering All The Baby Supplies
A big part of getting ready to go out in the morning is packing whatever you need for the day, and you’ll have way more on your list after having a baby. For example, you may need to pack pumping supplies if you’re breastfeeding. Or, if your infant is going to daycare, you’ll need to pack their belongings, like food, clothes, diapers, and whatnot.
2 Everything Is More Fast Paced
As you can likely tell at this point, everything about your morning routine will be more fast-paced with a baby. You’ll likely have to get up earlier, which means less time for sleep, and you will have more things to do but with less time at your disposal.
You may not have the opportunity to have relaxing mornings like you used to before a baby, but ’tis the life of a parent.
1 Cuddles Are The Best Part
There will be a lot of changes to your morning routine after having a baby, but not all of them are bad. By far the best part is spending time with your baby. You’ll have an energizing boost of cuddles in the morning when you first get your baby from their crib, and may even get some play time in.
Having a baby is stressful, but it’s also incredibly motivating and joy-inducing. Not every morning with your baby will be great, but others will be some of your best memories.
Sources: Metro, Nursing Babies, Nurturing Families, Playtivities,
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