The one thing that new parents long for is time - time to sleep, time to think, for time to reverse itself to pre baby life. When you have a new baby people want to help you out but it can be difficult to organise your thoughts well enough to know what support to ask for. Commonly people offer to look after the baby for you, sometimes this is wonderful but for some parents the circumstances under which they would be willing to hand their baby over are so unfathomable they would sound like the plot of a sci fi novel. So here are some ways to help yourself and others give you the gift of time...
SHOP ONLINE Food, shoes, loo roll - you don't even have to wipe the sleep out of your eyes to get any of them. Make the most of getting things delivered to your door and remember it's fine to ask friends and family to bring you round those little extras to keep you going - pssst chocolate hobnobs.
BUY READY MEALS Whilst you're at it stock up on some super easy meals. These days you can get instant meals so good that you'll wonder why you bother cooking.
BEG, STEAL OR BORROW A CLEANER If you can afford a cleaner and some latent guilt is preventing you from booking one in please, how can I put this, get over yourself. It really doesn't matter how your kitchen gets clean, it matters that somehow you reach a basic level of hygiene. If a friend or family member is offering to help that includes cleaning! Stop being so British and give 'em a J-cloth.
HOST EN MASSE Visitors can be really draining - you have to get washed and dressed and follow the thread of a conversation. It's a bizarre set of circumstances in which the people close to you feel duty bound to come and see you and you only care about one human on the planet. Set a specific time for visitors based on when your child is most affable and have as many visitors as you can accommodate come at that time. Not only will they entertain each other but it means more time for yourself when they've cleared off.
MULTITASK If you can find an opportunity to do two things at once don't pass it up. How about walking with a friend to combine exercise and socialising? And don't miss out on a bath or shower as an opportunity to have some killer pamper and relaxation time.
To help you make the most of any time these tips have gained you, Serenata Flowers are giving one lucky reader (UK only) a Lavender and Chamomile Relaxation Hamper worth £39.99. As well as a shower set the hamper includes chocolate covered strawberries, salted toffee truffles, caramelised butter fudge and licorice tea. I don't know about you but I gotta whole lotta time for that lovely lot. For a chance to win just comment below telling me what you like to do when you have a few minutes spare.
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