TEN WAYS TO MANAGE HOUSEHOLD WORK WITH A NEWBORN CHILD

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Life is a whole lot different when you give birth to a child. Your relationships, your work even your home becomes a little mess and unmanageable and all you do is wonder, ‘Where should you start from?’

Cleaning and scrubbing can wait for tomorrow,
For babies grow up, I've learned, to my sorrow.
So quiet down, cobwebs. Dust, go to sleep.
I'm rocking my baby, and babies don't keep.
(Ruth Hulburt Hamilton)

One of the most difficult tasks is to juggle between performing the household tasks and taking care of the tiny human being. But does that mean it is impossible to keep your space, do your household tasks or work? Of course not. This just needs a strategy. From using the carrier to the lullaby of the vacuum leading the baby to sleep, here are few tips for you to manage your household as well as the little baby.

  • 1. BEING ORGANIZED :

    There is not always plenty of time to lift additional rummage for misplaced items. Create a place for everything and have your family members follow the same. Ideally, this should begin even before delivery or adoption. Being organized is always good for a person to live as a human. And then comes the baby, you should try to be more organized so that you don’t end up increasing workload for yourself.

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  • 2. KNOWING YOUR PRIORITIES :
  • You should be well aware that your baby needs a lot of attention. She might need you every time as you are her source of food and also the cause of her comfort. She needs you more than anything and anyone on this planet as it’s only you for her right now who brought her into this world in the first place. The household chores can be delegated to someone else at the time she needs you but she can never be kept waiting. She should top the list of your priorities. Nursing and breastfeeding your kid as often as possible is never bad for her health. On the list of priorities, food for the baby and her health should always be kept first, your well- being on second and then comes the household chores. So let the household works be done by someone and manage everything according to your baby’s needs.

  • 3. DELEGATING WORK AND LETTING OTHERS HELP YOU :
  • It is not necessary to handle each and every task all by yourself. Share your work and let your family help you through this. Tasks can list from as little as folding laundry to making a meal. Yet it can be a lot helpful to you. "As a mom, you and your newborn have been united as one for the past nine months – don't curtail this precious connection too soon," advises Connie Hammer, MSW & Certified Parent Coach. So utilize all the time you collect in taking care and spending time with the baby. She also says by allowing people to help you with the tasks of the household you can possibly engage yourself and put all your efforts in sharing the special bond you and your child carry which can further make the infant healthy and more adjustable to the new environment and her life.

  • 4. USING TIME- SAVERS :
  • Use the abundant time- saving ideas around you. Such as instead of making all the food by yourself you might use some baby foods or maybe use of paper plates/ disposable plates can be a good alternative. Buying groceries online is a nice, approachable and trustworthy idea nowadays for which you don’t even have to travel or devote much of your time for any other activity other than seeing your child. It is really not necessary to feed the baby every time with your own cooked foods, sometimes packaged foods can also be used.

  • 5. USING A BABY CARRIER :
  • Making use of a baby carrier can not only free your hands to do some work of yours but also help you get some cuddle time with your kid. Performing the household chores such as folding laundry and doing dishes while carrying your baby with you can truly be meaningful for both of you. It might be possible while enjoying your company, the little master falls asleep!

  • 6. TRY MULTITASKING :
  • By this time, are you wondering how to become a perfect multitasker? Well, you can go for these simple ideas. While chatting on the phone, do the dishes or while watching television, cut vegetables etc. And don’t forget to put your baby away from any place that could be harmful to him/ her, yet close to yourself so that they might have a feeling of satisfaction that you are there for them.

  • 7. INVOLVING BABY IN THE CHORES :
  • Have you ever tried playing with your baby when you are working? Well, if not, try it now. It is really helpful in engaging your baby with playful mind and also your task is being done. Cheers, now you are ready for performing two jobs in one go. Here are few instances of playing with the kid. Try playing peek- a- boo while folding laundry, handing a small plastic dish to play can act a toy for him while you are busy finishing the chores. You can see her innocent smiling face while you are done with your job.

  • 8. DOING TASKS IN A CHUNK :
  • Avoid performing household tasks daily and every time. Instead, opt for doing all the work in a single day so that you can spend rest of your precious time with the little one. You can do the whole laundry at once rather than taking the load of doing the laundry daily. Or changing your bedsheets one at a time can save you a lot of time.

  • 9. LETTING THE VACUUM PLAY THE ROLE OF A LULLABY :
  • Notice the naptime of your baby and start cleaning your house just before the baby’s bedtime or naptime with a vacuum cleaner as it can act like a lullaby for her. While you finish your work, the baby will be asleep by the sound made by the vacuum and all you can see is her sweet little sleeping face.

  • 10. SIMPLIFYING WHENEVER POSSIBLE :
  • Try to simplify your tasks when possible. Buying clothes which don’t need ironing can be one of them.

    The newborn is your responsibility more than anyone else’s. Then the most important is your body. Your food, your proper rest is very essential.

    At the end of the day, you are going to realize that it’s not worth a pressure rather it is meant to enjoy the deeds of your baby by spending more time with her and see her growing with you. So you just need to cuddle, take deep breaths and relax. And the rest you know how to manage your household in that busy schedule.

- Written By
Shreoshree Chakrabarty

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