Is it me, or is January the most stressful of months. . . Parenting can be a difficult and stressful job. Here are some tips to help reduce your stress and make the parenting journey a bit easier: .
Make Time for Yourself: Take some time away from parenting duties to do something that brings you joy and relaxes you. Whether it’s reading, watching a movie, going for a walk, or anything else, it’s important to make time for yourself and your own well-being. .
Ask for Help: Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it. Whether it’s from family and friends, or professional help such as therapy, it’s okay to ask for help when parenting becomes stressful. .
Practicing Mindfulness: Mindfulness can help you stay in the moment and be more aware of what’s going on around you, which can help reduce stress. Try taking a few moments each day to practice mindfulness and be present with your thoughts and feelings. For me journaling is good for this. .
Connect with Other Parents: Connecting with other parents can help to reduce stress and provide support. Look for support groups, online forums, and other resources to connect with other parents. (Join us at our @le16.ladies events) .
Take Care of Your Health: Taking care of your physical and mental health can help reduce stress and make parenting easier. Make sure to get enough sleep, eat healthy, exercise regularly, and reduce alcohol . . What other tips would you give???
First-time parenthood is exhilarating, but it can also feel overwhelming. Luckily, technology has evolved to help out, and downloading the right apps can take a huge load off your shoulders, giving you more time to spend on the little one (and catching up on sleep). Here are some for you to consider.
The health benefits of feeding your baby breast milk can be tremendous. If you’re hoping to breastfeed for as long as possible, you’ll need help keeping track of how much you’ve fed them, or how much milk you’ve pumped and stored. This can be challenging as you juggle the overwhelming responsibilities of new parenthood, but Milk maid can help you to reach a balance. Including handy trackers and timers, Milk Maid keeps all your breastmilk data in one safe place. You can even export it to a spreadsheet for easy viewing later.
Sleep Baby Sleep
As all parents know, getting your infant into a regular sleep routine is vital for your sanity! Most times, though, it’s impossible to keep the hustle and bustle of the household under wraps to ensure that your baby’s sleep isn’t disturbed. Sleep baby sleep is a white noise app that mutes all surrounding sounds, allowing you to keep up with the other tasks on your to-do list while having the peace of mind that the little one is getting proper rest.
The Wonder Weeks
Baby Milestones are important events to remember in your child’s life and tracking them can help to ensure that your infant is developing at the correct rate. The Wonder weeks app builds a catalog of all those special moments, so you’ll never have to worry about forgetting them. The app grants you access to handy personalized schedules and diaries, as well as relevant parenting audiobooks and ebooks. There’s even a 4G enabled baby monitor available to make checking in on your baby that much easier.
A home that seemed big enough for you and your partner will begin to feel infinitely smaller once your newborn arrives, and you definitely don’t want to Baby proof your entire apartment before realizing you need to move into a bigger space. The Red fin (USA based) app makes fitting house hunting into your busy schedule a breeze since you’ll be able to filter listings to find your ideal match. If you don’t have the time to check out properties of interest in person, the app allows you to do virtual walkthroughs, giving you a real-life feel for your new home.
Cozi Family Organizer
Once your baby begins to grow, you’ll want to start enrolling them in fun extracurricular activities – this can mean a busier daily schedule. If you’re having trouble keeping track of everyone in the household’s calendar, the Cozi Family organiser app stores all your appointments in one, easy-to-access place. You’ll also be able to create shared grocery lists and a chores roster for everyone to follow.
Technology affords new parents luxuries that older generations could only have dreamed of. By letting apps handle the more menial tasks, you can focus on the important tasks, enjoy more free time and take control of your routine as a new parent.
Blog kindly written by Josh Moore, check our his page Diaper Dads