How Your Life Changes after Having a Baby
Becoming a parent changes everything. You've probably heard this sentence many times. Having a baby is not only about having new responsibilities and a little one to love. It also influences your daily schedule, your diet, your sleep and even the amount of time you spend in the bathroom. Discover some of the many aspects of your daily life that might change.
A new routineAfter the birth of your child, your whole system of organization will change. Schedules will essentially revolve around your baby’s routine (bedtime, naps, breastfeeding or feeding, going to the nursery). Going to the doctor will likely become part of your day to day life, especially when your child starts going to nursery and brings home all sorts of bugs and diseases.
You might have trouble finding time for tidying up and doing all the usual household chores. Where your financial situation is concerned, saving enough money to ensure your kids’ upbringing and welfare will become your top priority.
Finally, planning appointments in advance (for instance, having a drink with your friends) will become a necessity.
Less time for yourselfIf you used to spend half an hour in the bathroom every day before going to work, be warned that this is probably going to change. Instead, you will have to feed, change and dress the baby, prepare their bag and push-chair, put everything in the car, and eventually drop him or her off with the nanny.As for those spontaneous evenings you used to spend with your friends, unless you call a babysitter or your partner is in charge for the night, you will probably have to decline and stay home instead. Organizing your dates with your friends in advance will become obligatory.
Less sleepGetting up at night when baby is crying or having no time for a lie-in at the weekend: being a parent also means less sleep. Moreover, finding time for a nap in the middle of the afternoon when your children are home becomes almost impossible.
Healthier diet and lifestyleAlthough the change of diet might start as soon as you begin trying to become pregnant, women must also be extra cautious about what they eat during pregnancy. Finally, paying special attention to one's diet also applies to mothers who are breastfeeding.
Where food is concerned, it's important to set a good example to the kids by eating well yourself. Accordingly, you may find that your lunches and dinners as a parent are often much healthier than they were before you had children: more vegetables and fruits, less fast-food and sushi.Additionally, when it come to choosing cleaning or hygiene products, you will probably find that you tend to pay more attention to the ingredients, and perhaps (if this is not already the case) opt instead for organic and chemical-free shampoos, soaps and washing-up liquid.
You’re not the first anymoreYour baby is now your number-one priority. You think about him or her all the time. Your emotions, such as worries or intense joy, all revolve around your little angel. If you go shopping, for instance, you'll likely always put your baby’s needs first and won't treat yourself to stuff quite as often as you did before.
You also won't go out as much as you did pre-baby, not only because you have less free time, but also because you simply want to be with your little family.