New Year, new parents? Now is the perfect time to make those resolutions for the year ahead and stick to them. Below are five commitments you might like to make in 2015:
Make time for yourselves
While your new baby is the number one priority, remember to take some time for yourselves too. Many new parents will look back a year down the line and won’t remember the last time they spend a night together, just the two of them. Ask friends or family members to babysit and schedule in regular date nights, movie outings and romantic dinners. Or treat one another to a thoughtful gift: wine, chocs or some spa luxuries from here.
Take more photos
Every parent will take photos in the early days but it can be easy to fall out of the habit. This year, why not commit to taking a photo of your baby a day? At the end of the year, you can put each photo into a big collage or place in a photo album to look back on and see how they’ve changed. Many new parents also look back and wish they’d taken more home movies. If you don’t have one already, invest in a good video camera and get filming!
Stay fit and healthy
According to the Toronto Star, the most common New Year’s resolution is to lose weight, with exercising more and eating better also making the top 10. Being truly healthy is the most loving thing that we can do for our children. When we’re healthy, we can give them the best of ourselves. A new year is the perfect time to assess your diet and fitness regime and make a change. For new mums, swimming is a great option, as is Strollercise and yoga.
Make new mummy friends
Becoming a new mum is the perfect opportunity to make new friends, and who doesn’t want more friends?! Remember, every new mum is in the same situation; they know exactly how you feel and are living through the same sleep, feeding, and development pattern that you’re facing too, hence why it’s a match made in heaven! Heading to the park and joining groups are just some of the ways She Knows recommends meeting new mum friends.
There’s no doubt, parenthood can be expensive; babies are as costly as they are cute and it’s likely you will have already built up a mountain of new baby clothes and toys. If you want to save money this year, why not make some simple steps to keep those savings on track. Babies are at their most comfy in soft all-in-one suits and baby grows, so stick to basics for the first few months.
Remember, you are also likely to receive lots of new clothes as gifts. Keep a bag of baby essentials in the car as this will save you having to buy everything when you go out and suddenly realize you have forgotten the changing bag. You can also save a lot of money on baby food by making your own purées using a hand blender.
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