See what moms are talking about today
View or share your favorite baby photos
From pregnancy to motherhood, every mom has questions or could use some support. Join the conversation to learn from or help other moms just like you.
Join now to get nutritional guidance and up to $329* in benefits
What are the benefits of membership?
When I first had my son, I thought the first 6 weeks were incredibly difficult. I found it very tough to get up every 3 hours, and the lack of sleep was unbearable. Even finding the time to take a shower was challenging. How did you survive your first 6 weeks as a new mom? Do you have any words of wisdom to share with other moms going through it?
Well, with my first little guy I ignored everyone's advice to sleep when the baby sleeps. HOW I regretted that! When we have another baby, I know that's going to be kind of pointless since I know my toddler won't sleep like the baby will but anytime they are both asleep, I'll be diving into bed as well. I also was reluctant to take much help or ask for much help but people are often very eager to help you out as a new mommy. I asked a few people come over for a bit while I showered and they LOVED snuggling my newborn. I'm interested to hear what other people say!
It's amazing what a lift something as simple as a shower can provide during the first weeks of caring for a newborn. My wife expressed similar feelings as to leaning on close friends and relatives who could come by for as little as 30 minutes to let her re-charge her batteries.
As soon as my daughter went down for a nap I would take the baby monitor in the bathroom with me and put it on the back of the toilet so that I could take a quick shower. That way I could still hear her if she woke up. I also showered with the bathroom door open.
First of all I quickly learned that showering was overrated Second I bought myself dry shampoo and learned to shower every other day. A portable baby swing chair was and still is key for me to have a shower with the little one. Also ask a friend to come over and watch the kid while you shower, they love babies And there a times when you need to put the baby in a safe place, and shower even if they are crying. I hate it, but crying is good for their lungs
Those are all such great suggestions...and yes, showers make you feel like a new woman! But then again, so does 8 hours of sleep! :)
Oh man those first six weeks was hard. i thought the first 3 weeks was the worst cause i was so sore. And it was hard to get in times to eat and shower with the baby always needing something. I would put the baby in his swing once he fell asleep and put the swing in the bathroom while i took a shower. And if he was in his bed then i too would shower with the door open. Mainly i showered when my husband got home. and rested a lil too. my husband was my life saver.