Being home with your newborn is an incredibly rewarding experience. You start learning more about their personality, their needs and the little human they will grow up to be. However, being home with your baby can come with moments of overwhelming exhaustion and feelings of cabin fever.
Feeling like the outside world is filled with possible germs, many new parents choose not to venture into the public with their newborn unless it is for a doctor’s appointment. This means many new moms, though loving and caring for their little one (or ones), may feel trapped within the walls of their own home. Since babies can often sense how Mom is feeling, here are some suggestions to make your home as stress-free as possible.
Make Your Home a Sensory Space
Finding ways to activate your senses of sight, smell, taste, sound and touch when at home will allow you to feel more at ease. Setting a coffee timer every morning not only wakes up those taste buds early on, but also hits your sense of smell. Pushing curtains or shades aside and letting in natural light also gives your home a sense of openness and life. Just seeing sunshine can easily lift your spirits - a darkened living space can often lead to a depressed mood. Wearing comfortable, breathable clothing hits on your sense of touch. Walking around the house in stiff jeans and a button-up top as you try to soothe a screaming newborn is definitely not an enjoyable way to spend your day.
Let Music Energize Your Mood
Parenting is a workout. Between lifting, feeding, cleaning, rocking and entertaining your baby, you definitely burn some calories throughout the day. Every workout needs a good playlist and when you are home “exercising” with your little one, upbeat music can alter your mood almost immediately. Prepare your Pandora, Spotify or iPod to play music throughout the day that will have you singing along contently to it rather than dragging your feet. If you are someone who follows specific podcasts or radio shows, schedule an alarm as a reminder to listen since it is something you enjoy. If you are listening to something positive, that positive vibe will rub off on you and your little one.
Personalize Your Home Décor
You don’t need to be Joanna Gaines to make your home a beautiful, thriving space. Cabin fever can easily set in if you feel like your home is cluttered, dirty and unorganized – and when you have a newborn, sometimes the mess piles up. Having lavender or chamomile scented candles or an essential oil diffuser going during the day hits that sense of smell and can bring a relaxing vibe into your home. You can go to a local Goodwill or rummage barn and find colorful frames and wall décor that can spice up your home at a low price. Places like Goodwill and rummage barns also may have unique storage bins at a low cost that will help you organize any clutter and still keep the living space looking nice. Buying a few bright, new throw pillows can bring a whole new feel to your space – making you want to stay in and stay cozy rather than escape.
Jennifer Aline is a coffee addict, new mom of twins and a passionate freelance writer and author. She has had articles in publications such as the NY Daily News, NY Post, Rochester Magazine and In Good Health Magazine as well as others. Aline received her Bachelor’s Degree in Child and Family Studies from Keuka College and worked in the Human Services field before her two little girls entered her life. Aline now focuses primarily on writing, teaching aerial arts classes in the evenings and, of course, caring for her twin daughters – all while continuously chugging coffee, of course.