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5 ways to make your maternity leave rock

Congratulations on the birth of your baby but now the flowers and cards are beginning to go floppy, how are you planning to spend the next few months?   Here are some ideas that might make this very special time even better as you get to know and fall in love with your baby

 Your baby is beautiful and you obviously want to remember as much as possible of their early months, but don’t forget to be in the picture yourself.  So, you might not like how you look at the moment but I promise, you will look back in years to come & not notice how your hair looked or the extra pounds you were carrying.  You’ll just see photos of you and your baby and you’ll focus on the love shining out of both your eyes, not your t shirt with baby sick on it.  And, while we’re on the subject of photos – not every single minute needs to be recorded, be present, build the memory from how it feels not just from behind a camera lens.

Don’t put pressure on yourself.   Some people slip back into their teeny tiny jeans immediately, always have perfect hair & make up and find time to not only tidy the house but cook organic food & probably arrange flowers as well.  Some people don’t and it really doesn’t matter either way.  Motherhood is not a race, it is not a competition.  Make the most of the time you have with your new baby to get to know them and fall in love with each other.

Take time to be ‘you’ not just ‘mummy’.   Yes, you are a mummy now and yes, you love your baby and want to make the most of every precious moment but you are also still you, so don’t neglect yourself.  If running makes you happy, once you’ve had your postnatal check with the Doctor, start gently running again.  If baking cakes makes you happy, bake cakes.  If you love reading, read books.

Get out and experience the world of Baby Swimming and Massage.  All three of my boys loved swimming from when they were just weeks old.  You can either join a baby swimming business or pop down to your local pool.  Just make sure the water is nice and warm.  Babies love being in water and it wears them out beautifully for a nice, long nap afterwards.  If the thought of being in a swimsuit brings you out in a sweat, what about learning Baby Massage and enjoy some very chilled time together.

And last but by no means leastcome to BabyBeans and soak up the music and laughter which will become the soundtrack of you and your baby’s early years.  From calming massage and lullabies perfect for sleeping, cosy bedtime, to giggly, bouncy lapsongs, we’ve got it all and lots more beside, you won’t believe how much we pack into 45 minutes.

And finally, if you don’t feel ‘you’, you don’t feel ‘in love’ with your baby, that is absolutely nothing to feel ashamed about, you are not ‘failing’.  If you can, talk about your feelings with people you trust and make an appointment to see your doctor

 

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