7 Back-to-School Tips For Parents With a Newborn
The school year is upon us, and back-to-school preparations are in full swing. This time is exciting and kind of stressful without a newborn, but adding one into the mix makes it even more intimidating. But don’t worry… we have seven back-to-school tips for parents with a newborn to help make this school year the best one ever.
1. Schedule it out.
Create a schedule for everyone in your family. This will help you keep all of your older children’s activities and school-related events in sync with baby’s sleep schedule. (Plus, if you’re on maternity leave, you can pencil in some naptime for yourself.) You can also incorporate your (and/or your partner’s) work schedule into the mix so everything is visible and organized. Also, trying to create a set bedtime for all of your kids can be really helpful.
2. Organization is your friend.
Pre-packing lunches and snacks is a great way to save time in the morning and help you to remember everything. Laying out school and work clothes (or whatever clothes you’ll wearing… hello, yoga pants) the night before is also a great way to be organized and prepared for the next day. If your older child/ren have activities right after school, make sure their soccer uniform/art supplies/leotard are packed and ready to go.
3. Make sure your transportation is set.
That means making sure the car has gas, the stroller/bike wheels have air, etc. the night before you go. Planning ahead of time ensures you won’t have a stressful first day, and that your kids will feel ready to start the new school year.
4. Use the weekends to stock up and recharge.
The weekend is a great time to restock everything your family needs for the coming week. You can plan your meals for the next week and shop for what you’ll need. You or your partner can do laundry to ensure that everyone’s favorite outfits are ready to go. And you can take some time to recharge as a family before Monday comes. (Also, literally recharge all your devices so they’re ready to go.)
5. Dedicate a space for backpacks, shoes, coats, etc.
Having a set space for outdoor clothing, shoes and backpacks will help mitigate the morning rush chaos. It will hopefully help minimize the times you’re looking for shoes, homework, or coats as you get your kids off to school.
6. Encourage hand washing and sanitizing.
This may seem obvious, but when your older children come home, encourage them to immediately wash their hands. You can also have larger bottles of hand sanitizer placed throughout the home, just in case. It’s a good idea to try to have your home environment be as clean as possible so that your new baby can stay healthy.
7. Communicate and stay positive.
Make sure you are expressing love to your older children with words and actions, and try to stay positive, even if you’re feeling overwhelmed. (Though please make sure you’re talking to your partner and your doctor if you are feeling depressed or overly anxious.) Even though this can be a stressful time, the more you are able to create a feeling of peace and love in your home, the more your children will feel empowered and ready to face the day. And try not to sweat the small stuff. You’re doing the best you can, and your best is good enough!
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