As a breastfeeding-friendly clothing brand, we understand the importance of comfortable and convenient clothing during this special time. That's why we've put together these 10 top tips to help new parents navigate the newborn stage with ease.
Get as much sleep as you can: Newborns tend to wake up frequently throughout the night, so it's important to take advantage of any opportunity to sleep.
Our biggest tip from the founder: Pump first and go to bed when the baby goes down for the first time at night. Hubby then feeds bubs with a bottle for the first wake up, this will allow a good solid block of sleep before all the night waking - don't be afraid to ask for help from friends and family.
Establish a routine: A routine will help your baby feel more secure and can also make your life as a new parent a little more predictable. Try to establish a consistent bedtime routine, and stick to it as much as possible. (Obviously have a life too!)
We know that this conflicts with the above point.. but.. be flexible: While a routine can be helpful, it's important to remember that babies are unpredictable. Be prepared to change your plans at a moment's notice, and don't stress if things don't go as planned.
A note from our founder: I always gave each baby 1 day and 1 night to muck up each week, which meant for mental health I gave permission to myself to be patient. It's hard when you don't have a 'good sleeper' and sleep deprivation really is the killer. When you tell yourself just 1 night or 1 day, it makes life so much easier to move forward.
Invest in breastfeeding-friendly basics: Nursing t-shirts, nursing jumpers, and other breastfeeding-friendly clothing options like a nursing bra can make the breastfeeding process more comfortable and convenient. Look for clothing with discreet nursing access, and make sure they're made from soft, stretchy fabric.
Find a support system: Being a new parent can be isolating, so it's important to have a support system in place. Reach out to friends and family, or join a local parenting group.
Keep your expectations realistic: Newborns are not capable of sleeping through the night, or following a strict schedule. Keep your expectations realistic, and don't stress if your baby doesn't meet certain milestones - it's not a competition.
Take care of yourself: The newborn stage can be draining, both physically and emotionally. Make sure to take care of yourself, and don't neglect your own needs. ❤️
Be prepared for visitors: Visitors are often excited to meet your new baby, but it can be overwhelming to have people in and out of your home. Be prepared for visitors, and set boundaries if necessary.
Accept help when offered: New parents often feel the need to do everything on their own, but accept help when it's offered. Whether it's a friend offering to cook a meal or a family member offering to do the laundry, take advantage of the help.
Bond with your baby: The newborn stage is a special time for bonding with your baby. Take advantage of this time by holding, cuddling and talking to your baby.
Remember that the newborn stage is a fleeting time, and it's important to enjoy it as much as possible. With a little bit of preparation and a lot of patience, you'll be able to navigate the newborn stage with ease.
All sizes are typical Australian sizes. If you're in between sizes, we suggest to size down. No need to size up unless stated in the product description!