For the New Mom
Books, doctor appointments and well-meaning friends – we’re sure you’re getting advice from all corners of your world! Here are some more tips for new moms to add to your wealth of knowledge:
1. When your baby makes sounds, respond with noises and words. This will help your baby learn to use language.
2. If you can, breastfeed. It creates a bond with your baby, and can burn up to 500 calories daily!
3. Caring for a newborn can create an off-kilter schedule. Take a shower and get dressed in the morning, even if you’re staying in with baby. This will help differentiate day and night.
4. Relish cuddle time – it’s precious and short-lived!
5. Give you baby some wiggle time on the floor, when he or she is feeling alert and active.
6. Create a consistent bedtime routine starting between 6 PM and 8 PM to encourage a regular sleep schedule.
7. Plan ahead when celebrating with alcohol – it takes about 2-3 hours for one serving of beer or wine to pass through your system.
For the Boss
Working moms are the true backbone of America. Boss ladies all over the planet are juggling work, family, and social lives – and making it look easy. Here are some tips for going back to work after having a baby:
8. Be transparent about your new role as a mom at work.
9. Strategically ask for flexibility in your schedule
10. Create a space for “Me-Time” in your life, whatever that may be.
11. Combat mom guilt. This discomfort is temporary! Remind yourself why you work to keep yourself motivated.
12. Ask for help, whether it’s from your partner, a family member or friends. Don’t be afraid to let others lend a helping hand, especially if you need it!
For the Mom Who Travels
Traveling with a group is much more expensive than the days of traveling solo, but there is no greater way to make memories than a family vacation. Here are some handy tips for the mom on the go:
13. Travel in the off-season and avoid the crowds.
14. Be a “local” tourist – look for attractions close to home that don’t require an overnight hotel stay.
15. Use a travel credit card and use airline miles.
16. Make lunch your main meal when eating out, which can be up to 30% cheaper than dinner.
17. Do some digging and uncover reduced airline fares for kids under the age of 10.
19. Travel with friends and family and split the costs of accommodations. The more, the merrier!
20. Create a balance – schedule some free time to wander your destination and simply explore, which is quite literally free!
For the Empty Nester
Your kids are grown and (in the blink of an eye!) they have moved out. What’s a mom to do? Here are some tips on how to spend your time now:
21. You likely haven’t rested much since your kids were born, so take some time to just relax and reward yourself for the work you’ve done.
22. Spend more time with the other people in your life that you love and enjoy the free time that you now have!
23. Travel somewhere you’ve always wanted to go but never had the time.
24. Make a list of goals, whether it be in your career, going back to school, or taking up a new hobby. You now have the time to spend on yourself, so enjoy it.
25. Keep in touch with your kids, because they aren’t gone forever! Maintain connections through visits, phone calls, emails, texts or video chats. Setting up a routine schedule for these visits are a good way to regularly keep in touch.
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