When parents bring home a newborn, they think they are prepared for the
disrupted sleep schedules, hypervigilance, and all-around fatigue –
but they frequently report being surprised at just how exhausting it is
to meet the new baby’s needs.
Since fatigue increases the risk of injury or accident for nearly all human
activities, here are four ways to reduce your risks and manage your fatigue,
courtesy of the
- Put yourself on a healthy routine.
Don’t let caffeine substitute for sleep or junk food for a healthy
diet. Sleep when the baby sleeps, and stock your kitchen with quick healthy
options – full of healthy fats and protein and a minimum of refined
carbs and sugar – so you aren’t tempted to grab a soda or
candy bar, instead.
- Limit what you schedule.
Instead, spend your time “going with the flow” and following
your baby’s cues regarding nursing, naps, and crying spells. When
you need to be somewhere, leave lots of extra time to pack supplies.
- Create visiting rules.
Family, friends, and loved ones will be excited, curious, and eager to
see you and the baby. Let them know which days work best and how long
you have for visits. Find family or friends you trust to watch the baby
while you get some needed rest. Make sure everyone washes hands before
holding the baby to prevent or minimize your little one’s exposure to germs.
- Relax your housecleaning standards.
As long as your house does not pose a health or safety hazard, it’s
okay to let some things go. Store clean clothes in the laundry basket
until you need them. Use baby wipes to give the counters a once-over.
Be willing to serve easy foods like cereal, toast, or boxed dinners, so
you can save your energy for the baby, as long as you’re getting
enough healthy vegetables, fats and protein in your diet.
Finally, as much as you need to lean on your children’s doctors to
make good decisions, be aware of the
High Rates of Misdiagnosis Among Pediatricians.
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