My daughter is now 6 months old and my husband and I are slowly but surely getting the hang of parenthood. It can be a daunting prospect for anyone even if it isn’t your first child. Every baby is different, and even though these tips might not be good for you personally, but they worked well for us.
Sarah’s Top tip: keep busy
Now it goes without saying that having a baby is the most tiring thing. There is honestly no way to prepare your body for the lack of sleep you are going to get. Now it does sound incredibly odd but the best way I find, to get over being tired is to be busy. It tricks your mind and doesn’t give it time to think about how tired you actually are.
Most people say to sleep when baby sleeps, it’s not that easy, unless you can switch off from everything the second your baby does at he exact time they nod off. I certainly couldn’t.
My daughter is 6 months old now and has only slept the whole night twice, but I’m getting used to it now!
2. A Tidy Home is a Tidy Mind
Sarah’s Top Tip: Get your baby a harness
Housework seems to be on my agenda pretty much every day. Whether it’s a full house hoover up or a two-minute dusting job, there always seems to be something. However, with a teething 6-month-old who doesn’t let you put her down for 5 minutes it can seem hard to juggle the both. Simple solution… a harness. Pop the baby in that whilst you whip around with the hoover. Everyone’s a winner. As for tottering toddlers, make it into a game, nothing a wet sponge won’t solve!
3. Let Me Entertain You
Sarah’s Top Tip: Lots of toys
Children, for some odd reason have a tendency of being awake so early you start to question why and what you can do to prevent it. So, for every minute they are awake you feel like a clown providing entertainment.
We have so many musical toys to play mats to oversized stuffed animal toys, as long as they can eat it, they’re happy! I would definitely suggest getting a play mat. It’s good for development and it’s fun for little one to play with. Toys also play a massive part in a babies early stages, it helps develop their senses such as touch, sound and sight. So, load that toy box up!
4. Make the Most of the People Around You
Sarah’s Top tip: Do not be too proud to say yes
Myself and my husband have a debate in our house. Whether it’s harder to look after a baby or going to work. Well I say there both are pretty even. Working is demanding on your brain and skill, looking after a baby is demanding and mentally exhausting, they both tire you out but in different ways. Make the most of when your partner walks through the door, you need a 2 second break from the very rewarding and demanding baby life. Make the most of other people’s help as well. It’s something that I have always been too proud to do until I said yes for the first time and it really does help. I’ve only just recently let my daughter stay overnight away from us, and it’s actually amazing what a full night sleep can do for you.
5. Bed Time
Sarah’s Top Tip for Bedtime: Patience & Routine
There are so many do’s and dont’s for bedtime depending on who you speak to or what books you read. For the first few months of parenthood, I co slept with my daughter and I believe there is nothing wrong with it what so ever, however some may say otherwise, but for my own sanity I needed to stop co sleeping as I was just not getting enough sleep and it was coming between myself and my husband and our own personal time. Some parents co-sleep until their baby has grown up, and I honestly don’t see anything wrong with this at all, I believe you need to do what’s best for you.
I find bed time quite tricky with a 6 month old baby. They can be so unpredictable depending on when they need a bottle, if they are on solids and what time they have dinner, if they are teething or genuinely unwell. All these struggles I have and still am dealing with.
Plus, the fact you are practically a walking zombie due to the past 6 months of sleepless nights and your husband snoring away next to you whilst you have a wide-awake baby. It can be quite stressful, so you need to have the patience of a saint and just keep remembering that it will get better.
Being a parent is the most rewarding thing in a person’s life, it is hard though. There is no book on how to be a parent, there aren’t any guidelines, but even if there was it wouldn’t be simple. As I’ve said every baby is different, you must do what works for you. Forget the stigma, forget what your friend does with their baby, and for some forget what you did with your first because what works for some may not work for others. Enjoy the ride. It’s incredible!