The popularity of the pre-birth babymoon is rising, but I think that the Babymoon that takes place immediately post-birth is even more important. In order for Moms to heal and bond with baby, the best thing to do is rest. This is even harder when an older sibling is involved, but I look back fondly at the two weeks I spent with Audrey after her birth doing as much resting and relaxation as possible. After that, I was quickly thrust into the fast pace of life as a Mom of two, so I couldn’t have done it unless I had maxed out on rest and allowing my body to heal.
There are quite a few things you can do to prepare for a relaxing babymoon at home. First and foremost, no matter how much preparation you do or don’t do, all you have to do to be a great Mom is love your baby! Feel comforted knowing that any Mother has been through the same things physically and emotionally. We also LOVE teeny weenie babies and will do anything to help you care for yours. Some Moms have trouble ‘dictating’ helpers and find that making a list of simple household chores that anyone who comes over can do is a helpful way to get more time relaxing with baby. For other suggestions on how to handle the post-partum phase, check out this post: http://ecoincognito.wordpress.com/2013/01/12/how-to-handle-physical-postpartum-symptoms/
1. Cook for 4 – anytime you cook something easy to freeze, make extra and save it in reusable storage containers. There are lots of great resources for recipes online, or just stick with your favorite comfort foods. Accept any offers for food and make sure you know how to properly store it so there is no waste. This is also a great reason to join your local MOMS club. Often, the mothers will arrange to bring you food to help ease the strain of a new baby on the family.
2. Install your carseat – The main reason to install your carseat early is in case the baby comes early. It’s a good idea to do this by 35 weeks. An additional benefit is that you can park in the “Families with Small Children” spaces without feeling guilty. Also, my company offered handicap spots to pregnant women, so don’t be afraid to ask. Even though walking is important, I was afraid to navigate the parking lot in extreme weather conditions.
3. Plan to drink A LOT of Water – You’ll need even more than the recommended 8 glasses of water each day. A good rule of thumb is to drink a glass whenever baby nurses. I love the CamelBak Groove because it comes with a filter in the straw so that you can refill it in any tap. This is perfect if you have an en-suite bathroom. Otherwise, consider keeping a gallon jug near your bed so that you don’t have to ask for refills often.
4. Stock Snacks – Nursing consumes huge amounts of calories and you’ll be awake at times that might not fit a normal meal plan. I kept plenty of LunaBars on hand because they were so tasty and fulfilling. Fresh fruit is also a perfect snack.
5. Diapers – Even if you are planning to use cloth diapers, you may want to use disposables for the early days. Unless someone you know and trust is doing your laundry, getting rest is the most important thing to do for the first two weeks. When you are ready to switch, just do it. Your system will quickly become second nature and it is much harder to go back and forth between disposables and cloth diapers than to use only one type.
To help one lucky Mama stock her post-partum survival kit, I’ve asked LunaBar to sponsor a giveaway of their healthy snacks. One winner will receive a 15 ct. case of LunaBar’s newest flavor, Peanut Honey Pretzel. To win, simply leave a comment below letting me know a great book to read while pregnant. Also, check out http://www.lunabar.com/products to let us know your favorite flavor in the comment.
CONTEST CLOSED – Congrats Stephanie from Latte and Legos!!
Disclosure: This is not a compensated post. LunaBar is furnishing the giveaway item.