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While pregnant, you are going to be daydreaming of your baby that you haven’t met yet. You can’t wait until you get to hold your baby and bring them home.
This will change a bit in the hospital when real life hits you pretty hard that you are now in charge of a tiny human being.
When my daughter was born, I was so scared. She needing to be in the NICU for 5 days, then bringing her home on day 5 at night.
I was terrified!!
I never cared for a baby before. My mind was completely clueless as to what I was going to do.
I can tell you 100% that I didn’t sleep for one minute the first night she was home.
I kept getting up to check if my baby was breathing. With her being fresh out of the NICU, I was so worried about her.
Surviving The First Month
Surviving the first month of mamahood is the hardest because if you haven’t done it before, you are still learning all the things.
When does your baby sleep? Never!
When does the baby want to eat? All the time.
Do they have gas issues? Constantly.
Are they suffering from acid reflux? Most likely.
Another thing you need to know for surviving the first month is that there will be opinions and “help” coming from all over the place.
Some of the help is welcomed and needed but on the flip side, some of the opinions are not wanted or needed. Don’t feel bad to kindly decline and let them know what you got going on is fine and you’re figuring things out.
Lack Of Sleep
I’m not kidding, you are going to be sleep deprived. This is normal for the first few weeks because the baby will be up a ton during the night.
During the first month, your baby is going to be up to nurse or bottle feed at least every 3 hours. This gets exhausting pretty fast. So how do we combat the exhaustion?
Well, during the day, try and nap when your baby is sleeping. If you have other small kids at home then during nap time, try and make it their quiet time where they play by themselves or use good old television to distract so you can get a bit of shut-eye.
When you are rested enough to function then everyone in your household is going to be a lot happier.
Another thing you can do is ask those people that are trying to give you advice for help. Maybe they can come and watch your baby for two hours so you can take a nap.
I know how I am when I am tired. I’m super cranky, dizzy, I feel sick to my stomach too. It’s just miserable. So, the take away here is, do what you need to do to get some sleep.
Stop worrying about the cleanliness of your home, the laundry, etc.. Sleep is way more important while surviving the first month of chaos.
There are more important things in life than the cleanliness of their home during the first few weeks of mamahood. You can always have an inlaw come by and tidy up for you.
Cooking For Your Family
So, this part takes some prep work before you have your baby. Take time and make some of those freezer crock-pot meals so that when you are home with your baby, exhausted, you won’t need to worry about this.
There are TONS of recipes for this on Pinterest. I would definitely take advantage of those and make at least a month’s worth of crock-pot meals.
This is going to be the most helpful thing in my opinion. You are not going to have the energy or the desire to cook while you are just trying to survive the first month of mamahood.
Believe me, its hard. Don’t do it to yourself. Just have the meals ready in the freezer. You won’t regret it.
I’m A Hot Mess
Taking a shower can be a struggle with a new baby. I used to put the baby in their bouncer and put them on my bathroom floor while I took my shower.
My worry was that they would wake up crying and I wouldn’t be able to hear them while in the shower so that’s why I would place them in the bathroom near me.
I knew since I couldn’t really make myself totally put together, I could at least clean myself so I would feel better.
Its ok to not have your hair done all the time. Your new normal might be that you just put your hair up in a messy bun and call it good. I did that for a long time and sometimes, I still do!
How did you cope with surviving the first month of mamahood? Do you have any good tips? Let me know down below.