Congratulations, you've had your baby and the hard part is out of the way! Unless you're fresh out of the office and still waiting for your big day to arrive. Either way, now you're home and you're going to want to enjoy your maternity leave. Well, there's no need to just try, it is possible to! There are plenty of ways to make sure you maximise your time off, but if you're fresh out of ideas, here's 7 ways that'll keep you going.
1. DISCONNECT YOURSELF FROM WORK
When working the 9-5, the usual morning routine consists of rolling out of bed, prepping yourself for a busy work day and reaching for that pesky phone first thing to view your emails. Well, it's finally time to set your "out of office", get out of the habit of checking emails over breakfast and enjoy some much-needed downtime instead.
2. SLEEP & CLEAN, BUT SLEEP A LITTLE MORE!
You’ve popped your baby down for their midday nap and still have bottles to put in the dishwasher, sleepsuits to wash and blankets to fold. Give yourself a little leniency, because your kitchen is never going to be 100% spotless when you’re a new mum, so go ahead and lie down, the dishes can wait!
3. ENJOY THOSE PYJAMA DAYS
You deserve it! If you have nothing to do and no plans to head out and catch up with the girls, why not make it a pyjama day? Your body will need to recover after giving birth and there’s nothing more comfortable than a fresh pair of cotton PJs. Our maternity pyjamas collection has plenty of stylish options, many of which have easy nursing access too!
4. JOIN A GROUP
It can be so easy to stay at home and forget about the outside world for a while once your baby arrives, and this is totally acceptable. But, having adult conversations and social interactions is important for your mental health. If you’re not sure who to turn to when your friends and family are working their day jobs, you could always research a local ‘mum group’ to join. The great thing about these groups is that you’re all in the same parenting boat – so no matter how dishevelled you look or how exhausted you are, there’s no judgement there!
5. YOU CAN SAY NO
Your nearest and dearest will be the first to come and see how you and your baby are doing, and rightly so! But, if your second cousin and their 3 children decide it’s time for a visit, you are allowed to say no. If there’s a time to be selfish and put yourself first, then this is it! Politely explain that this isn’t a great time for you, but you will let them know when you’re feeling a little more up to it.
6. STAY ACTIVE
Why not try a few mum and baby classes while you’re free from commitments? Getting fit with your baby in tow can be a lot of fun – there are sling classes, dance classes and strength workouts that will not only help you look and feel great, but can be a good opportunity to make new mum or dad friends. Alternatively, if the thought of this makes you a little uncomfortable, go on long walks with your baby in the pram or carrier to get your energy levels up and shifting any unwanted baby weight.
7. ENJOY PLAY TIME
If your baby is busy bopping in the bouncer, it can be a good time for you to rest or get some household chores done. But, don’t forget to get involved with play time too! Your baby can learn so much from your interactions, and reading them a book or shaking a rattle with them makes for important bonding time.