Becoming a parent is a life-changing experience. It takes some time to adjust to the responsibility of raising a child and to look after your child, you need to look after yourself too! This includes:
- Nurturing your relationships – with your partner, family and friends.
- Taking time for yourself to focus on your mental health and wellbeing
- Keeping yourself physically healthy, with good food and exercise
Communication is key
If you have a partner, the first year after having a baby may be the most challenging for your relationship as you adjust to new roles and responsibilities as parents. Maintaining regular communication can help you find ways to support each other and resolve any frustrations before they become bigger problems. Try to commit to spending regular, quality time together where you can communicate, without distraction. It may help to diarise time together by putting it on the calendar and writing down some points to talk about.
Build your village
The old saying ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ is as relevant now as it has ever been. However, what constitutes our villages may have changed a little. Depending on your circumstances, your village may include extended family, grandparents, aunties and uncles, friends, childcare, trusted babysitters, playgroup or other early childhood health and community services. Your village is important as a support network for you as a parent, and for your child’s emotional and social skills as they grow. Keep these connections strong and don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.
Find time for yourself
Life after having a baby, especially if you’re a single parent or stay at home parent, can be isolating. Going on outings each day can make a big difference for your mental health. It could be a walk to the park, a trip to the shops or a coffee catchup with friends. Joining a playgroup, mother’s group or council-run program for young children can provide another opportunity to socialise and build connections. Don’t forget to also find some time for yourself whenever you have the opportunity – even if it’s just a quiet cup of tea, curling up with a book or taking a bath while your child is sleeping. If you’re having trouble getting out of the house or doing things you need or want to do in your daily life, you may need to reach out for professional help. Click here to find out more about postnatal depression and support services.
Keep yourself physically heathy by staying active. Regular walks with your baby in a pram, stroller or carrier are an easy way to get your body moving and expose your child to learning opportunities as they observe the world. You could also look for parent and bubs inclusive fitness classes and swimming programs, which can help you spend time with your child and stay healthy at the same time. Role model healthy eating for your child as they begin solids or finger foods by eating the same fruit and vegetables with your child. Finally, rest whenever you can and seek support when you need it!
Make outings easy with Kruzi
Getting out of the house is easier when you don’t have to worry about how to safely feed your child while enjoying your day! Converting from a stroller to a highchair with a lifting mechanism under the seat, your child can easily join you at the table for breakfast, coffee, lunch or dinner dates out, without the stress of having to borrow a highchair. Plus, there are four recline positions for sleeping and resting on the go too. Click here to find out more!