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We’ve all had those days (weeks, months) where all your baby wants is to be held.
It can feel absolutely exhausting!
It’s emotionally draining to be so needed and the to do list just keeps growing.
It’s pretty hard to load a dishwasher while holding a baby.
It’s true that some of these things can wait.
Yes, the house may be a little bit messier, the laundry pile a bit higher, and dinner may come out of the freezer and out of the microwave.
But what about the things that just can’t wait?
How do you do it?
Babywearing has been the biggest lifesaver! It’s great for getting outside to do some walking or yard work.
Babywearing makes going fun places like the beach, or strolling along a street much more relaxing and enjoyable for everyone. Even my husband enjoys wearing her!
I used the Moby as my very first carrier when Little Miss was a newborn. It may take awhile to get the hang of it, so be patient. Also, the many layers can make it warm for summer time. It was so stretchy and comfortable though!
I most often reach for our Beco now that Little Miss is getting bigger (and heavier!). It’s super easy to use for front or back carries (you’ll need an infant insert for little ones).
A ring sling has been my go to until recently (when it was replaced with the Beco above as the one I reach for most). It’s small enough to fit in my diaper bag and (once you get the hang of a ring sling) so easy to use! I prefer a cotton wrap to linen as it doesn’t need any breaking in but is still supportive and breathable.
Nap Time/Bed Time
Ah, nap time! a Mommy’s best friend 😉
Nap time is a great time to get lots done! If you’re like me, you will have a running to do list in your head of the things you want to get done during each nap time. Also, this list may be longer than nap times.
Occasionally Netflix wins out over the to do list!
If your baby is not a great napper/sleeper you may not get a whole lot done during these times (other than resting yourself if you need to lay down with your baby).
So, honestly, Little Miss has just started being able to play more on her own the past 2-3 months (10-11 months old to start). If I’m in another room she will often come to within just a few feet of me to continue her playtime. If you’re wanting to move from room to room not terribly helpful but is something to look forward to if your baby hasn’t reached this age yet!
This is the easiest way to get more done. Your baby will likely go through periods of separation anxiety. Then it will be difficult to leave them with anyone else (even if you are just in the other room!). These are just phases. Eventually you will be able to enjoy some uninterrupted time if you have a babysitter or family available.
As a bonus possibility, try letting your baby help out. Yes, it will take longer. Yes, you’ll probably have to do it again. But it makes them so happy to help out. Hopefully someday they really will be able to help and you will be glad to have a helper!