How to Survive the First 3 Months: A Guide for New Parents

Bringing home a newborn baby is one of the most exciting, rewarding, and challenging times for new parents. The first three months can be the biggest hurdle as you adjust to life with your little one. Here’s a guide to help you survive and THRIVE during the early months with your new bundle of joy!



Establish a Routine but Stay Flexible

Getting your baby on a rough schedule is key for helping bring a bit of predictability to your days. This doesn’t mean regimenting every feeding or nap time. But pay attention to when baby naturally gets hungry, tired, or alert and aim to follow their lead. Go with the flow and establish a your new normal.



Sleep When Baby Sleeps

Newborns sleep a lot—it could be 17 hours a day! When your baby naps, nap. Ignore the laundry, dishes, your emails, and just sleep. If you have a partner, take turns letting each other sleep for longer stretches. Getting enough sleep, even if broken up throughout the day, will better equip you to handle the needs of a newborn.



Accept Help from Family and Friends

Don’t try to tackle everything yourself. Let your village of family and friends pitch in with meals, errands, housework. This will give you a chance to nap, shower, or do whatever you need for yourself. Guests may also love a chance to cuddle with the baby while you take a break. If friends and family ask what they can do to help, don't be afraid to give them specific suggestions.



Get Out of the House Each Day

Just a short walk around the block with the baby can lift your spirits. The fresh air and change of environment will do you both good. In the early months aim to incorporate one outing, however small, into your day. This could be going to a moms group, stroll through the mall, or a trip to the park.

Stock Up on Healthy Snacks

Between nursing and interrupted sleep you’ll be ravenous, but too busy and exhausted to prep balanced meals. Have healthy snacks on hand that you can eat with one hand while holding or nursing the baby. Good options include Greek yogurt, fruits and vegetables, nuts, granola bars, cheese, and hard boiled eggs. Stay hydrated by always having a water bottle close at hand.



Embrace the Chaos

The early months with a newborn are a period of transition that can be isolating and exhausting but so rewarding. Let go of perfection, control what you can, and accept that many things will be out of your power. Reach out for help when you need it. Soak in all the precious moments with your little one and enjoy the ride! 

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