You have just had your baby and he or she comes with all the mixed feelings you can imagine. Whether it is your first or subsequent time at motherhood, maternity leave is definitely an exciting experience for both mom and baby. It is beneficial to both of you to spend as much time as possible and bond even as you recover from birth and adjust to new life with a new baby.
Most important thing is to ensure your baby has the basic things they may need like a safe place to sleep, a car seat and key items for staying healthy.
It would be nice if you have some help since you are bound to be more tired than ever before in your life. You’ve definitely heard the advice to take a nap when baby naps so don’t worry about getting yourself involved in many chores.
Here are some exciting things to do on maternity leave.
Have A Photography Session
Babies grow so fast, even during maternity leave and having some lovely little cute photos taken will definitely be beautiful to marvel at when the baby grows. You can conveniently have the photographer come around to your location or find one that suits you.
Familiarize Yourself With The Baby Book
This can be an exciting activity. Most of these books have entries for your pregnancy information like cravings, weight gain, first kicks and so when the baby comes, you can add additional information about their progress like time of birth, milestones like rolling, first vacations and others.
Baby Proofing the Home
You have probably prepared the home for the baby before they came but it is still not too late to make the space safe for the baby. You can employ the following childproofing tactics to ensure your house is safe during maternity leave:
• Sleep Environment
In a bid to curb the risk of sudden infant death syndrome you could ensure the baby sleeps on a firm mattress on his back and avoid having the baby sleeping with anything soft.
• Bath Time
Bath time ought to be a fun time however the point is to never leave the baby unattended even for a second as this could be detrimental to the baby’s safety.
• Changing Area
If left unattended even infants can find a way to roll off a table. It is, therefore, best to consider buying a baby table with safety straps.
Formulate A New Routine
A baby’s routine often changes so fast and every new week brings something new. You, therefore, have to bring yourself up to speed. You can start figuring what is important to you and make time for that. Take care of yourself too as a woman, not just the baby.
Consider Journaling During Maternity Leave
This is definitely a great and inspiring way to keep track of your days and appreciate the little things life offers. Plus it would be a pleasure to look back to old journals and you will thank yourself for jotting down the sweetest and stressful things in equal measure.
In conclusion, there is no perfect formula or list of possible things you can explore during maternity leave. The point is to remain creative even as you enjoy time with the baby and make sure you stay safe.