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6 Helpful Hacks To Survive Your First Year Of Parenthood



Welcome to the Parenting Adventure! ๐Ÿš€ If you're already a parent, kudos! I know it often feels like we're navigating upstream without a paddle, arms tied, and an anchor for good measure - all while wearing a blindfold (trust us, we've been there! ๐Ÿ˜…).

Now, whether you're a seasoned pro or soon-to-be parent, congrats are in order! And if you're on the brink of parenthood, grab your notepad, because this wild ride is just around the corner.

But fret not! I'm here to sprinkle some parenting wisdom that's not just run-of-the-mill. Let's explore tips that will truly make a difference on this whimsical journey!" ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ“ Not only that, lets actually discuss how to apply them!



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1. Routines That Rock:

Now, here's the little secret, though it may sound simple, when you're knee-deep in newborn bliss (or chaos, depends on the day!), that 'mom brain' tends to rule the roost. It's a breeze to fall into the trap of survival mode โ€“ short naps, cluster feeding, diaper duty galore, swaddling marathons, endless laundry, and burping battles. Before you know it, you've inadvertently crafted a 'survival' routine that leaves you both just hanging in there.

But wait, there's magic in creating routines that not only keep your tiny tot content but also help you thrive in this whirlwind of parenthood! Let's dive into some enchanting examples:

Ideas To Add To My Daily Routine


๐ŸŒŸ Baby-Centric Routine add-ons


  • Feeding like Clockwork: Timing those feeds at spaced-out intervals can work wonders. Less cluster feeding means guess what? Longer stretches of baby's blissful sleep at night! (***Disclaimer: Newborns are unique, and they'll signal when it's feeding time. Always consult your doctor before making any feeding changes if you're unsure.)๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ค

  • Outside Time: Let's be real, it's proven that babies sleep better after they've had outdoor, in the sun time during the day. So why not build a daily schedule and add 30-50 min a day for specifically this? It does wonders for us moms too!

  • Play and Developmental Time: Not sure what to do all day with your baby that doesn't walk, talk, or watch Disney Movies yet? Play with them of course! Put 30 min in your scheduled routine each day to play with your baby. Depending on their age this could mean tummy time, sing-along time, sensory play, art and crafts, mommy & me yoga-the possibilities are endless. You're a quick google search away from hundreds of developmentally appropriate ideas for playtime in your routine.


๐ŸŒŸMommy-Centric Routine add ons


  • Excersize:ย No, I'm not talking about this because to pressure you into getting back in shape! That part can be a long process...however, getting outside or in the gym once a day can drastically increase your mood. Not to mention help you blow off some steam and get a much needed break from the kids. Of course all depending on if you can get some help in the form of childcare for a few minutes ๐Ÿ˜ Be sure to add some time in your daily routine for excersize-even if it's just taking a walk with your baby

  • Dishes and Laundry: In order to avoid every thing in life getting out of control these first few months, it's wise to add a time-slot in your routine somewhere for laundry and dishes. Does NOT need to be everyday for everything, but do what works best for you! For example do dishes twice a day. During babies first nap and last nap. Or during babies independent play time while they're in the playpen. If you add it to your routine, it's more likely to become a habit.


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2. Mealtime Masterminds:


Meal Prepping? A Magical Solution for Moms! ๐Ÿฑโœจ It's not just an idea; it's a game-changer for moms everywhere! Meal prepping is the superhero of the kitchen, swooping in to rescue mommy, baby, and the entire family.

Why is it so amazing? Well, it's like a magic potion that saves you time, money, and those anxiety-filled mealtime moments. Whether you're on a post-baby quest for healthier eating or ensuring a nutritious diet for breastfeeding, meal prepping has your back.

But wait, there's more! If you're a mom to toddlers or school-age kids, you know the morning madness of lunch packing and kitchen scavenger hunts for last-minute meals. Or the endless 'I want something we don't have' requests from your little ones. ๐Ÿ˜…

Don't fret mom! Meal prepping comes to the rescue. Whether it's for you, your kids, or both, it's always a sprinkle of kitchen magic. Even if you only get the chance to mealprep one week a month-you're still killing it!

And to sweeten the pot, here are some kid-approved meal prep recipes that will make mealtime enchanting! ๐Ÿฝ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ


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3. App-Solutely Parenting:

Technology, technology, technology!

One more time for the seats in the back! TECHNOLOGY! There is literally an app for everything.

Harness the power of parenting apps to track all the tiny milestones and cuddly moments.

-Create your schedule and routine for the day in an app

-track your babies sleep in an app

-manage your time with an app

-track your babies developmental and physical milestones with an app

-download a parenting informational app


Do everything you can to help yourself through apps, if it's possible!


Here's some great resourceful apps to help you out ๐Ÿ‘‡๐Ÿผ



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  1. Baby Tracker: Helps you keep track of feeding, diaper changes, sleep patterns, and more, making it easier to establish routines and share information with healthcare providers.

  2. What to Expect Pregnancy & Baby Tracker: Provides information and updates on pregnancy and baby development, offering guidance through various stages.

  3. Cozi Family Organizer: A family calendar app that helps you coordinate schedules, set reminders, and share to-do lists with your partner and children.

  4. White Noise Baby: Plays soothing sounds, lullabies, and white noise to help your baby sleep better.

  5. Mush - Mum's Social Network: Connects mothers for support, advice, and meetups, making it easier to connect with other parents.

  6. BabySparks: Offers daily activities and games designed to support your baby's development from newborn to toddler age.



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  1. Baby Sleep Sounds: Plays calming sounds and lullabies to help your baby fall asleep and stay asleep.

  2. Baby Monitor 3G: Allows you to use your smartphone as a baby monitor, complete with video and sound, so you can check on your baby from another room.

  3. Wonder Weeks: Provides insights into your baby's developmental leaps and fussy periods, helping you understand their changing behavior.

  4. Sprout Baby: A comprehensive baby tracking app that covers feeding, diaper changes, sleep, growth, and more.

  5. Kinedu: Baby Development App: Offers daily activity plans tailored to your baby's age and developmental stage to support their growth.

  6. Sound Sleeper: White Noise: Features white noise, lullabies, and other calming sounds to help soothe your baby to sleep.

  7. Hatch Baby Rest: A nightlight, sound machine, and time-to-rise alert in one, helping your baby establish healthy sleep routines.

**Remember to review and choose apps that align with your parenting style and preferences. Always consider privacy and security when using apps related to your child's data.



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4. Home Sweet Baby-Proof Home:

Make your space a safe haven for your little explorer while finding your peace.

Baby-proofing might sound like a no-brainer, but trust us, it's a ninja in disguise. One moment, your little one's peacefully nestled in their dock-a-tot, and the next, they're zipping around faster than you can say 'baby on the move.' They'll explore every nook and cranny, including spots you never thought could be a baby hazard.

So, here's the golden rule: Don't let baby-proofing sneak up on you! Save your sanity and avoid those 'I wish I had done this earlier' moments. Baby-proof the essentials pronto, because you don't want your baby giving the cleaning supplies cabinet a curious visit. ๐Ÿ™…โ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿงผ

Let's keep those tiny explorers safe and sound! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ›ก๏ธ


Here's a list of the MOST essential baby-proofing items that I think every parent would agree are absolutely necessary-



  1. Safety Gates: Install safety gates at the top and bottom of stairs, and in doorways to restrict access to potentially dangerous areas.

  2. Outlet Covers: Use outlet covers or plugs to prevent little fingers from poking into electrical outlets.

  3. Cabinet Locks: Install cabinet locks or latches to keep curious babies out of cabinets containing cleaning products, chemicals, or other hazards.

  4. Corner Protectors: Apply corner protectors to sharp furniture edges and corners to prevent injuries from accidental bumps and falls.

  5. Door Stoppers: Use door stoppers to prevent doors from slamming shut, which could pinch little fingers.

  6. Window Guards: Install window guards or locks to prevent windows from being opened too wide, reducing the risk of falls.

  7. Furniture Anchors: Secure heavy furniture like dressers and bookshelves to the wall to prevent them from toppling over.

  8. Stove Knob Covers: Use stove knob covers to prevent your baby from turning on burners or causing accidents in the kitchen.

  9. Safety Straps: Attach safety straps to secure appliances like TVs to prevent them from being pulled down.

  10. Drawer Locks: Install drawer locks to prevent your baby from accessing sharp objects or choking hazards in drawers.

  11. Edge Bumpers: Apply edge bumpers to coffee tables and furniture with sharp edges to protect against head and body injuries.

  12. Toilet Locks: Install toilet locks to prevent babies from playing in the toilet or accessing potentially harmful cleaning products.

  13. Childproofing Kit: Consider purchasing a childproofing kit that includes a variety of safety items to get you started.

Remember that every home is unique, so assess your surroundings carefully and customize your baby-proofing efforts accordingly. Regularly inspect and maintain these safety measures as your baby grows and becomes more mobile.


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5. Sleep Training


Shhh... Let's Talk About Sleep Training! ๐ŸŒ™โœจ

I know, I know, this topic can raise some eyebrows, but bear with me! From my personal mom adventures, it's one of the best decisions I've made. Picture this: My first son, nearly 5 months old, and his idea of a 'long' sleep stretch was a mere 4 hours, and that was on the luckier nights! I was running on fumes, fueled by sleep deprivation, with anxiety as my bedtime companion.

I couldn't take it any longer.

So, I embarked on a quest filled with research and determination to find a sleep training method that would work for us.

I won't sugarcoat it; it wasn't a walk in the park. No mother enjoys hearing their baby's cries, knowing a simple pick-up-and-soothe could make it stop. But trust me, for both mommy and baby's well-being, this was a game-changer.

That very night, like a switch flipped, my baby slept for 8 hours straight. And guess what? It continued! A cozy 6-8 hours became the norm, and he even mastered the art of self-soothing to sleep. ๐ŸŒŸ


Now, let me spill the secret to sleep training success: consistency. There are different methods out there, from the straightforward to the gentler approaches. Do your homework, choose what feels right for you, and stay consistent on this dreamy journey of better sleep for all! You deserve it!๐Ÿ˜ด๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ


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6. Date Nights:

Let's be real - once that adorable bundle of joy arrives, romance, spontaneity, and adult time often take a backseat. The flood of emotions - exhaustion, crankiness, and endless parenting debates - can turn your love life into a platonic roommate situation. It's not talked about enough, but it's a real challenge.

With the baby taking center stage, it's easy to get caught up in disagreements and silently list each other's quirks that irk you. Even the tiniest thing can trigger a colossal blow-up. Parenthood introduces a whole new level of responsibility and can strain even the strongest relationships.

That's where date night swoops in as your unsung hero. Even if it means finding a babysitter or just stealing a quiet moment at home, it's a lifeline. Weekly, sit down together, and reconnect. Talk, eat, watch a romantic movie, hash out parenting expectations, and revisit the dreams you have for your child and family. Rekindle the emotional spark!

And now, for some charming date night ideas to whisk you away on romantic adventures:


Romantic Date Night Ideas


  1. Picnic in the Park: Pack a basket with your favorite treats, a cozy blanket, and head to the nearest park for a leisurely picnic.

  2. Starry Night Stroll: Take a nighttime walk hand in hand, gazing at the stars, and sharing your dreams.

  3. Cooking Together: Whip up a special meal together, and maybe even try a new recipe. Cooking can be a fun and romantic activity.

  4. Movie Night at Home: Create your mini movie theater at home with popcorn and your favorite films.

  5. Board Games: Dust off those board games for a friendly and fun competition.

  6. Museum Date: Explore a local museum or art gallery and get inspired by the creativity around you.

  7. Dance Party: Put on your favorite tunes and have a dance-off in the living room.


Here are some unique date night ideas tailored for new parents who might not have the luxury of extended time away from their baby:


  1. Backyard Camping: Set up a cozy campsite in your backyard. Enjoy stargazing, tell stories by the campfire, and maybe even pitch a tent if you're feeling adventurous.

  2. Baby Monitor Date: Take advantage of modern technology and use a baby monitor to keep an eye on your little one while you enjoy a quiet evening on the porch, balcony, or patio.

  3. Cook-Off Challenge: Have a friendly cooking competition at home. Each of you can choose a recipe to cook, and then taste-test each other's creations.

  4. DIY Spa Night: Transform your bathroom into a spa. Run a bubble bath, give each other massages, and pamper yourselves with face masks and relaxation.

  5. Virtual Escape Room: Try an online escape room experience. Many companies offer virtual escape rooms that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

  6. Themed Movie Night: Pick a theme (e.g., '80s classics, romantic comedies, superhero movies) and have a movie marathon complete with themed snacks and drinks.

  7. Paint and Sip: Get creative with a paint-and-sip night. Follow an online painting tutorial together while enjoying a glass of wine or a mocktail.

  8. Bookstore Date: Visit a bookstore together and pick out a book for each other. Then, find a cozy corner to read and discuss your selections.

  9. Memory Lane Tour: Take a trip down memory lane by revisiting the places where you had your first date, first kiss, or other significant moments in your relationship.

  10. Art Jamming: Get some art supplies and have an art jamming session at home. You don't need to be a professional artist to have fun and create together.

  11. Starbucks or Coffee Shop Date: If you can find a sitter for a short time, head to a local coffee shop for a quick coffee date. It's a simple way to reconnect.

  12. Sunrise or Sunset Date: Set your alarm early for a sunrise date or unwind in the evening with a sunset picnic. These moments can be particularly magical.


Remember, the key to a successful date night as new parents is to keep it simple, flexible, and focused on connecting with each other. Whether it's a grand adventure or a quiet evening at home, the important thing is to cherish your time together. ๐Ÿ’‘๐ŸŒŸ



To Conclude:


The first year of parenthood is a rollercoaster ride filled with challenges and joys. Finding time for self-care, maintaining a healthy relationship, and embracing the growth and learning that comes with being a parent are key to navigating this incredible journey. Remember, with a little help and support, you can cherish the blessings and joys that come with the arrival of your little one. Here's to the wonderful adventure of parenthood! ๐ŸŒŸ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ‘จโ€๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿ‘งโ€๐Ÿ‘ฆ๐Ÿ’•










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