Newborn baby hacks?
September 6, 2011 6:30 AM Subscribe
Is there any way to make the first few months after our baby is born special and meaningful and not just ruled by exhaustion? Any newborn baby hacks you can share? Bonus points for happy newborn stories.
posted by n'muakolo to Human Relations (51 answers total) 65 users marked this as a favorite
I've been fully prepared to be more exhausted than I have ever been, to be walking around in a daze for months, to have to deal with a lot of drudgery (diapers, chores, laundry, etc.), finding it hard to have a minute to myself to shower (still utterly baffled by why i can't take the baby into the bathroom and let it cry while I shower for 5 minutes every day, or let my husband take the baby for 5 minutes every day while I shower, but I guess I'll understand in a few months), to live on the newborn's schedule, etc.
What I'm wondering is if you have any tips for reducing the exhaustion factor. For example, might it be worth it for my husband to sleep in a separate room some nights so that he gets a solid night sleep, and then other nights I sleep in a separate room (presumably in this scenario I've pumped enough milk for him to bottle feed) so I actually get a solid night sleep a few nights a week? Is that a fantasy, or something that could actually work? Are there other options that maybe people don't like for some reason or other, but that could reduce the crazed exhaustion factor?
I'm also wondering if you have tips for savoring what's special about our first newborn, despite the exhaustion factor. Maybe this will just come naturally, but I have been reading a lot and hearing a lot from new parents who seem to be primarily exhausted and the special, sweet, unique moment - those first few weeks/months of their newborn's life - seem to just pass in a blur of chores and sleep deprivation.
About us: We are early thirties, very hard-working professionals, who love our sleep. I am chronically low energy, and rely on daily workouts to keep up my energy. We've been together almost nine years and have created a pleasant life for ourselves. It aint broke, so in low moments we're questioning why we decided to fix it. We are very excited and scared to death about adding a third person to our family. (And if you read my last post, we decided not to do the amnio. Yikes!) I am hoping to take 5-6 months of parental leave, and he will take 6 weeks of parental leave (2 weeks at first), 4 weeks at some later point.