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Living on Baby Time

November 13, 2017

Babies are constantly growing and their needs are constantly changing, which can make it difficult for parents to establish any sort of consistency.  While it is a parent’s duty to care for our growing children, it’s not necessarily easy to revolve around them.  Don’t worry, it won’t last forever, and here are some tips to help you while you’re living on baby time.

Take shifts

Parenting, all aspects of it, is a team effort. Feeding, changing, tummy-time, doctor appointments – everything your baby needs must be done with regards to the whole family. If mom has been the one getting up at night for night-time feedings, dad needs to take a shift or arrange for her to sleep during the day. Work together to make sure your needs are being met. This could mean recruiting outside help, too. A family member or friend would be more than happy to play with a baby while you slept. Remember, it takes a village, so don’t be afraid to reach out to yours.

Exercise

Don’t roll your eyes or call this “cliché” like I did when someone suggested it. Once your doctor clears you for exercise, DO IT! Actually, do it. It will help you sleep better at night and have more energy during the day – 2 things that will make a drastic difference in your ability to cope with and adapt to the changing needs of your baby. You will be healthier and happier with regular exercise. One of my favorite ways to get in a quick bout of exercise is to look-up a YouTube video of an 8-minute workout that targets a specific muscle group. I do one or two of these a day, rarely consecutively, but at some point, I have a spare 8 minutes and it changes the whole tone for my whole day. You won’t regret prioritizing your health.

Stick to a routine

While the timing might not be consistent, the activities should be. Creating a routine can help your baby have a more consistent schedule, sleep and eat better, and stay calmer. They begin to anticipate and associate certain routines with certain activities. For example, having a consistent bedtime routine of breast/bottle, bath, book, then bed, can help them know that those activities mean it’s time to wind down.

Follow baby’s cues

As your baby grows, you may notice they sleep longer at night, and less during the day. They may eat more before bed because they are outgrowing their night feedings. It’s important to pay attention to your baby’s habits and behaviors so you can anticipate their needs and adapt. If you notice your baby acting fussier than normal before bed, perhaps they are still hungry and are adapting to a bigger “dinner” to allow for more sleep at night (hooray, right?) Maybe they are struggling to fall asleep during their morning nap, and are transitioning to 1 nap, which may also hopefully mean more sleep at night.

What tips would you give new parents who are living on baby time?

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Angela Silva

Angela graduated with her B.S. in Exercise and Wellness and is a NASM certified personal trainer who specializes in postpartum fitness and recovery. She enjoys writing, cracking jokes, and spending time with her family, preferably while fishing. She shares many of her life adventures on Instagram as @angelagrams

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