31 Super Helpful Newborn Baby Hacks and Tips That’ll Make Life So Much Easier as First Time Parents
Being first time parents with a Newborn can be as daunting as being a freshman in an ivy league high school, but with the right newborn Baby hacks and tips, you’ll be ready to pass every test that comes your way! Of course, until the TODDLER STAGE but that’s another blog post for another time!
It’s time for grade school level of parenting!
Welcome to the Newborn Stage!
What is the Newborn Stage?
The newborn stage, my friend, is the stage of a newborn period which is from birth to the second month since the baby has been born.
In this period, newborns tend to sleep most of the day, cry a lot, poop a lot, and always want food. Fear not for this might just be an easier stage than dealing with a walker! So, take in everything that you can possibly can (naps, quiet time, none tantrums time, all of the above).
31 Newborn Tips and Hacks For The First Month with Baby | New Parent Advice and Life Saving Tips
It’s finally time to gear up and prepare for the newborn stage! With these 31 Newborn Tips and hacks, you will be flying through the first weeks/ month with baby!
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1) Meal Plan
Meal Planning ahead of time will save your life with a newborn. Life with a newborn is going to get chaotic and the things you use to do with ease, will require more time and patience, and let’s face it, momma you no longer have that extra energy. But, life still goes on. So, to prevent you and your significant other from starving or worse, eating junk food and take out food, just meal plan and make freezer meals ahead.
If you think you’ll need help coming up with super affordable and quick meals, you can try out Erin Chases’s 5 Dollar Meal plans and Freezer Meals!
2) Learn How to Swaddle Baby
Momma, if you don’t know how to swaddle, you can just go ahead and expect to have many sleepless crying baby nights! Swaddling is super important and essential to your sanity! Swaddling baby at night will help your baby to sleep peacefully for it makes babies feel like their in the womb (which is their comfort zone).
I would recommend you learn how to swaddle baby asap. If you are reading this while still pregnant or at the hospital, ask the nurse to show you how to swaddle a baby with a normal blanket!
Secret First Time Parent Hack: if you find yourself curse with the inability to swaddle or just too lazy to do it, fear not for you can buy a swaddle pre-made (like the one below)!
But the reality is, it would be super beneficial to just learn how to swaddle so you can use any blanket and don’t have to worry about buying more pre-made swaddles when the baby gets bigger! Oh and not to even mention the multi-use on a blanket!
P.s. I used my swaddle blanket for a car seat covering and even to this day for a sun covering when my husband and I, go on walks with our daughter in her stroller!
3) Breastfeed and Pump Milk
So you wanna breastfeed and pump milk, huh? I did it and I am so happy I did! For one, my breastfeeding story started off in a horrible situation. Dun Dun Dun!! I couldn’t get baby to latch while I was in the hospital to the point the lactation nurse was suggesting *gulp* FORMULA! I wasn’t haven’t it so I keep trying and finally got my baby to latch! If you want to prevent going through the same horror story as me, I recommend you take a breastfeeding class but we’ll talk more about that later on!
The main reason why I was so glad that I breastfeed and pumped milk for baby, is for one, the baby was having a hard time latching at first, and two I was able to get my husband to take night shifts with baby! The holy grail to getting more sleep as a first time parent with a newborn! Allow your significant other to feed the baby at night when you feel overwhelmed and exhausted! To do this properly you will need a good breast pump or machine with these awesome milk storage bags!
4) Consider Baby Wearing
I’m pretty sure, you have seen the mommas that legit wear their baby on them! It’s a real-life changer experience! For one, you get to bond with baby more with skin to skin. You also become a whole lot more mobile! If you know better momma, get you a babywearing carrier!
5) Take-Home Everything From The Hospital
I mean it all momma! At the Hospital, you will receive diapers, wipes, swaddles, a manual breast pump (if you go to a really good one), and so much more. Don’t be a fool, take what’s given to you. I legit went home from the hospital with baby, with bins they gave me with postpartum care stuff for me and then bins with baby care stuff! Of course, the stuff you receive will depend on the type of hospital you have a baby at, so choose wisely! Make sure when bringing a hospital bag to the hospital, that you bring an extra empty hospital bag for all the hospital freebies!
6) Sleep When Baby Sleeps
Don’t take disregard this when other moms give you this advice! It is very crucial that you learn to sleep when the baby sleep. Don’t stress yourself over the house, food, clothes, etc. That why we have already talked about what to do for food, and about the benefits of babywearing!
Just take this time to relax and regenerate yourself, because the hard truth of the matter is baby is regenerating and will be full of energy when they wake up. Do you know the win ratio to a fully rested newborn to a tired new mama? Let’s just say momma ain’t winning in this situation!
P.s. Get some rest momma!
7) Take a Breastfeeding Class
Oh yes, its time to educate yourself on breastfeeding! Like, I mentioned earlier, you don’t want to be the mom that is frustrating and feel unused full due to the fact that she can’t get baby to latch on. As a new mom, trust this mishap will take you overboard the “I’m not a good mom” train and you don’t want that!
To ensure you have the best breastfeeding experience, I totally recommend you take a breastfeeding course. To help you here are some good breastfeeding classes to take and resources to have:
- Ultimate Breastfeeding Course by Milkology
- Master Your Milk Supply by Milkology
- The Breastfeeding Cookbook by Mommy Labor Nurse
8) Stock up on Baby Supplies and None Baby Stuff
Like I mentioned early, life with a newborn baby is going to be a lot more hectic and busy. Therefore, You don’t want to end up going out to the grocery store with a newborn baby because you forgot to stockpile up on everyday essentials.
But, if you are reading this while after giving birth, then you can still use the grocery delivery app to help you prevent going out in big public areas with a newborn baby. For example, I recommend either using Instacart, Walmart Grocery Delivery, or Shipt!
9) Take a Newborn Class
Taking a Newborn Class might just be better suited if you feel like you want more in-depth help and guidance with your newborn baby. If so, I recommend you take Mommy Labor Nurse’s Course, Newborn Basics 101! In this course, you’ll learn about General Newborn info, feeding, diapering & Hygiene, Sleep, Health & Safety, plus a bonus section tailored to you adjusting to the new changes! The Newborn Basics 101 course is taught by Liesel Teen, an L&D nurse for 6 years (So you know you are getting taught from an expert).
10) Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
One of the biggest mistakes you can make as a new mom is being afraid to ask for help. There are many people waiting for you to tell them what you need from them. Trust me, they want to help, they just don’t know what you need from them. So, when you do ask for help, be specific on how the person you asking help from can help you in the best way possible.
11) Keep Baby Close To You
So, I definitely learned the hard way with this one. When we first brought home our daughter we thought to have her crib in our room was enough but in reality, I found myself getting out of bed like ten times during the night. Save yourself and either get a co-sleeper bassinet or a co-sleeper baby lounger to have your baby close to you!
12) Place everyday baby essentials around the house for easy access
Placing baby essentials around the house will save you from having to go from one in of the house to the next. Plus, let’s just say you have to be ready at any given moment with a baby. Any place in the house, that you plan on having a baby at, make sure you have everyday baby essentials in those areas, and even breastfeeding helpers items around as well. So, if you like to eat lactation cookies to help increase your milk flow and production then make sure to have those nearby. The main everyday baby essential you really want to have in arms reach is diapers and wipes, and extra pacifiers.
13) Restart Each Day
In the beginning and even further along into motherhood, you will find yourself having bad mommy days and its okay. Just make sure to restart each day and still have a positive outlook on the next day this will help you prevent mommy burnout.
14) Prepacked Diaper Bag
As a first time parent, you want to have your diaper bag already packed and ready to go at any moment because let’s be honest, that mommy’s brain is still a thing and you’ll end up leaving something important if it’s not already packed in the heat of the moment. My husband and I, have two separate diaper bags for each car. So, if we need to go somewhere with our daughter, we already have everything we need packed and ready. The only thing extra to bring would be pre-pumped milk (in my case).
15) Take Care of Yourself
If you want to be at your best for your baby and your family, you always need to remember to take care of yourself. Things will get stressful and it’s crucial that you stay strong and take some time out for you when possible.
16) Eat, Shower, and Sleep, Momma
Let’s just say, when and if postpartum depression kicks in, reminding yourself to eat, shower, and sleep, is actually important and needed. Things can get rough and a lot of people don’t talk about the ugly side of motherhood but it happens, I experienced it and right on top of my other trauma. Overall, don’t give up on yourself momma, you got this and things will eventually pan out to your liking.
17) Date Dot Your Pumped Breastmilk
If you are planning to pump your milk, make sure to add the date and time on your breastmilk baggies. As well as, placed them behind each other in order, so you don’t pick the recent pumped milk first. Date dotting your milk baggies will help you keep track of not only the date you pumped them and how long they will last but as well as to help you keep track of how many bags you were able to full each day.
18) Don’t Stress Over Housework
Stop stressing over housework, you sleep when baby sleep, and when the baby is up and satisfied you can wear baby around the house while you clean. But, don’t stress yourself if you just not feeling up to cleaning due to the lack of energy. Above all, It happens to us all, momma.
19) Take Advantage of The Golden Hour
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