A Typical Day with Your New Baby
If you’re a new mother, you may be fast discovering that there really is no such thing as a “typical” day with a new baby. And even if you’ve already had several children, you probably know that every baby is different, and each child will present you new challenges and adventures.
While there is a standard mix of comforting, feeding, diaper changing, cleaning and napping — especially in the beginning when it feels like this is all you do — the unpredictability is at what times of the day and night you’ll be doing each of these things, because your baby is the one who sets the schedule. Some babies will sleep for longer stretches of time than others, allowing you opportunity to pursue regular activities such as bathing yourself, cooking and eating, where as other babies may only sleep briefly before needing another diaper change or a feeding and burping.
You may find yourself multitasking quite a bit, which is just part of being a good mother. But even if you find your baby demands almost all of your attention, it’s important to surround yourself with a good, reliable support system and actually let them help you. It’s a natural instinct to want to provide your baby’s every need, but if you don’t take care of yourself, give yourself a break once in a while to recharge your batteries, you risk wearing yourself out to the point of not being able to be the best mommy you can be.