Jamie's 8 Tips for Surviving Life With a Newborn

Jamie's 8 Tips for Surviving Life With a Newborn

Whether you’re expecting your first child or your fourth, anxiety in the weeks leading up to your due date is a reality of life. There are always those people eager to "warn" you about life with a baby...or two...or three—and how difficult it will be. You're probably sweating over how you'll manage everything—the laundry...the cooking...the lack of sleep. Trust me. I've been there.

Now, with a four kiddos (yes, four!), I look back and think it was difficult—it still is! Any new stage of parenting ushers in unique challenges, and this journey is all about learning and making adjustments. That being said, life with a newborn is hard in a completely exhausting way. You’re not sleeping, it’s hard to tell what they need or want, and if this is your first baby, your entire life has been altered—forever!

In reality, you “just do it”, and that’s survival. Of course, it never hurts to develop a few coping mechanisms—you may still feel like a hot mess some days but you’ll make it through! Here are eight that worked (and still work!) for me.

Sleep early

One of the most common pieces of advice you’ll hear as a new mom is “sleep when the baby does.” I always found it difficult to take this advice—when I had eight seconds to spare I’d spend it trying to accomplish everything I’d put aside—especially as a small business owner. So, I settled for catching up on my sleep in other ways; some nights I’d crawl into bed at 7:30 or 8—basically as early as I could. Even if the baby was up throughout the night, I’d get at least a few hours early in the evening.

Take the help

People WANT to help. Believe me—sometimes I don’t want to take it either. As moms we're programmed to try and do it all. But you need to remember that people offer because it makes them feel good, not because it puts them out. it If your aunt wants hold the baby while you shower (see #5), or fold some laundry, or do whatever—let her. Accept the frozen meals that your friends drop off. And pay it forward once your life is under control.

Find your village

It’s never too early to make mom friends! After each of my children's births I've been able to meet some pretty incredible women—and develop a good support network for those first few months. When you’re not sleeping it’s always nice to hear that no one else is either.

Buy something that fits

We would all like walk out of the hospital wearing our pre-pregnancy jeans. Most four-year-olds would also like to meet a unicorn. The reality is you should invest in a few pieces that aren’t maternity and look good—in the weeks postpartum it will feel great. BONUS TIP: Have a friend who just gave birth? Bring her something that she can wear. She probably hasn’t received anything for herself and it will mean SO much.

Take a multivitamin

This is something so many moms forget—we spend the entire pregnancy taking prenatals and then just stop once we give birth! Keep up with the multivitamins. It can make a big difference in your energy level.

Take a shower

Think you don’t have time? I promise, you do. Bouncy seats were invented for this reason. Put the baby down - she’ll wait.

Get some great makeup (and wear it)

I love makeup. After each of my babies I took the time to get a makeover at MAC. I'd also buy a new eyeshadow at the very least. It makes such a huge difference! Still, this advice applies even for those of you who aren’t Sephora fiends. No mother should be without some really fantastic under eye concealor. Spend the money on a good one; you won’t regret it.

Make your bed

I try to make my bed every morning. It takes around two minutes and really sets the tone for the remainder of the day.

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Jamie Yetter
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3 Responses

Lyndsey
Lyndsey

March 18, 2017

This is so great I love it! Thanks for the tips! Even with #3 coming I’m nervous and still feel unprepared so this helps!

Jessica Burton
Jessica Burton

March 17, 2017

I’ve been implementing these tips the past few weeks (I have a 3 week old and 2.5 year old) and they REALLY work. Especially making the bed, shower and make up. When you give yourself a few minutes, you really feel more confident in your abilities! Nothing brings you down like being smelly and in your dirty Jammies at 3 pm with a baby who won’t sleep.

Helaine
Helaine

March 17, 2017

Great blog post. We love your covers, they are a lifesaver traveling, eating it, or even Disneyland. I am the grandma and boughtbonevorvthree gor my daughter. With her second baby. After watching baby 1 sweat under the traditional cover we were thrilled when I discovered you on IG. But… rather than slathering on under eye concealer you have to try Rodan + Fields eye cream or as it’s more commonly known"eye crack". I swear by it and my daughter couldn’t imagine what her sleep deprived eyes would look like without it.
Let me know if you want to try it… I swear it’s the perfect gift to a new mom, covered goods and eye cream!

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