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Time Saving Hacks for When You’ve Just Had a Baby
Time Saving Hacks for Mothers of Infants
Life with a new baby is hard! Not only are you helping your little one adjust to life on this side of the womb, you’re dealing with sleep deprivation, rapidly changing hormone levels, running your household, and much more!
If you’re lucky, your spouse, older children (if you have them), relatives, and friends can jump in a lend a helping hand during those first couple of weeks when life feels like a whirlwind.
However, that sort of intense help typically doesn’t last long for most of us.
Your husband has to go back to work.
Relatives have to return to their own households.
The meal train runs out.
How can you cope when the help is gone?
The solution is to take it one day at a time and to focus on doing the bare minimum of what you need to do in order to keep things running smoothly while making your efforts as efficient as possible.
Here are the time saving hacks you need when you’ve just had a baby.
Time Saving Hacks for Your Self
I’m putting your self-care first on this list to remind you that you ought to do the same! You can’t take care of your baby or anyone else if you neglect yourself.
Wake up early
This may seem counterintuitive, but do your best to get up before everyone else does.
Say your prayers, take a 5 minute shower, and just breathe.
It’s hard to find time for yourself as the day progresses, so start the day alone as frequently as you can. If baby wakes up, feed him or her and change their diaper, then resume your quiet time.
Put a pitcher of water and a few slices of lemon or fruit in the door of your fridge.
Make it your goal to drain the contents every day so that you’re getting the fluids you need to produce that liquid gold (or just to function if you’re a formula mom!)
Put your hair into a simple updo and put on some basic makeup: moisturize your face then define your brows, line your eyes, add mascara, apply lip gloss, and finish with powder. Done!
Assemble a simple capsule wardrobe of the clothes you own that still fit your postpartum body well.
Make a commitment to put on real, clean clothing every single day!
You’ll feel much better if you change out of your pajamas.
“You can’t take care of your baby or anyone else if you neglect yourself…“
Time Saving Hacks for Your Relationships
Your husband and children are going to have to share you with your new baby. As much as they love your newest family member, the adjustment period will be hard for them, too. Spend a few minutes nurturing those relationships every day. It’ll go a long way.
The 30 Second Kiss
Intimacy with your husband can be difficult following birth.
Not only is your body in need of healing, but your window for alone time has just grown much smaller!
Stay connected by making the most of the intimacy you can enjoy.
Engage in 30 second kisses as you hold each other close.
Thirty seconds doesn’t sound like a long time to kiss each other, but you’ll be surprised at how effective it is when you try it!
Bath time read aloud
Spend quality time with your little ones by reading a story to them during their bath time.
I’m a big fan of good, old fashioned physical books. However, if you’re more into the digital format, Storyberries is an amazing website for finding free books to read to your children!
This is one of our family traditions and we love it! Gather as a family before bedtime to sing worship songs and pray.
Allow each person to lead everyone in singing one verse and the chorus of a Sunday school favorite of their choice.
Next, your children can each say a simple prayer followed by the prayers of you and your spouse.
Finally, exchange kisses and cuddles, then tuck in the kiddos.
This exercise can take as little as 10-15 minutes, which is just the right amount of time for young children (and busy adults!)
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Time Saving Hacks for Managing Family Finances
Grocery shop once per month
Cut down your shopping time to one big haul on a weekend when your hubby can lend a hand.
Stock up on frozen fruits, meats, veggies, dairy and lots of dry goods such as bulk containers of beans, rice, and pasta.
Pay bills once per month
Spend 2-3 days working on paying the bills for an hour or so at a time.
Write down how much you’ll owe on fixed expenses and set your budget for variable expenses.
Schedule the payments for everything ahead of time and monitor your accounts to see when each amount has been cleared.
Alternately, you can charge everything to your credit card and pay the balance in full at the end of the month, provided you have the discipline to do so.
Get your produce delivered
Fresh produce is the one thing that makes it impossible to truly shop just once per month.
But you can avoid the extra trips to the market, and the budget busting temptations lurking in every aisle, by having your produce delivered to your doorstep.
My produce delivery service of choice is Imperfect Foods. Shop now and $10 on your first order!
Time Saving Hacks for Feeding Your Family
Have trouble sitting down to eat a healthy meal? Try a smoothie instead.
Whip up a big batch of liquid goodness using Greek yogurt, bananas, salad greens, almond milk, and protein powder. Store in your fridge and consume at meal time. Use up what you’ve made within 3 days.
Bonus: share with the kids during snack time to make sure they’re eating well, too!
Live by your meal plan!
Take the guesswork out of cooking by creating and sticking to a basic meal plan.
I currently rotate through 3 different weekly menus, but you can stick to creating a menu for just 1 week if that’s less overwhelming.
Pick 1-2 easy breakfast options that you can serve every day (oatmeal or eggs and toast, for example), 1-2 lunch options that you can serve every day (such as egg salad sandwiches or chicken salad sandwiches), and 6 simple dinners (loaded baked potatoes, soup and salad, spaghetti and meatballs, red beans and rice, etc.)
Add in a couple of snack choices and you’re all set! The best thing about creating a menu is once you’ve made it, you can tweak it and use it over and over!
Cook once per week
Set aside a day on the weekend to cook. Break out your favorite kitchen tools and get busy!
Prepare extra large batches of the 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners, and 2 snacks that you’ve chosen for the week.
Time Saving Hacks for Cleaning
Pare down your work to only those tasks that must be done.
Focus on keeping the dishes clean, wiping the kitchen counters, emptying the trash, doing 1-2 loads of laundry, quick sweeps/mopping of kitchen and bathroom floors, and basic decluttering of the bedrooms, bathrooms, and living spaces each day.
Save the organizing projects for after things have calmed down.
Just 10 Minutes
You don’t need hours to keep up with housework!
Spend 10 minutes in the morning, 10 minutes midday, and 10 minutes in the evening speed cleaning.
Work hard and work fast until the time is up (set a timer!) You’ll be amazed at how much ground you’ll cover during each sprint.
Wear your baby in a carrier to keep your hands free so you can get things done while snuggling with your kiddo.
Just Say No to Guilt!
It’s unrealistic to expect to just jump back in the saddle after giving birth, so don’t try to do it.
It may feel like things will never return to normal…and that’s exactly right! You’re creating a new normal now.
Give yourself time to figure out what that is and don’t judge yourself harshly for taking longer than you’d like to do so.
Your little one won’t be small forever and you’ll both adjust to your new routines sooner than you think.