It’s hard to imagine the thought of getting anything done while on maternity leave, but in all honesty: it isn’t the end of the world if some of these things are left. Becoming a mum is a HUGE deal, and being a working mother with the pressure of returning to a full-time job definitely makes it harder. Here are a few baby friendly ideas to get you out of your usual routine!
Going to get your hair and nails done with a baby in tow is near enough impossible, not to mention all the baby fascinated women trying to cuddle and wake up your new-born. With the majority of salons closed anyways, now’s the best time for an at-home pamper session. Keeping social distancing in mind, if your new-born is happy to be out and about, take him or her on a quick trip to the coffee shop, grab your favourite beverage and then head towards any beauty shop to pick up some self-care essentials. Don’t forget to pick up some baby moisturiser for a foot massage while you are there, who doesn’t love playing with tiny little feet?
Find a walking buddy or, at the very least, a few good paths for yourself
Don’t forget to get your steps in ladies! There’s nothing more refreshing than a morning stroll or more therapeutic than an evening walk. Get your new-born some fresh air and take them for a walk. If you find walking boring then get yourself a walking buddy or explore some new paths and search for some nice scenery.
Print all those pictures you’ve been taking of your baby everyday
Make a photo album dedicated to your new-born, they’ll appreciate it when they’re older. Everything from the food disaster photos to their first bath time, memories are always lovely to look back at. Make this your next weekend project!
Sign up for a parent and babies fitness class
The gym sessions don’t have to stop now you’ve got a new born, or if you never was a gym person, now’s your time to shine with your little one. Remember, ease into exercise, your bodys been through a lot: the last thing you need is to hurt yourself. There are tons of baby and mum exercise groups, you just need to find them. Even if you’re not too serious about fitness, what’s not to love about baby yoga?
You’re allowed to sleep. You are allowed to do this at every opportunity you get. You should never feel guilty for sleeping. Is there washing up to do? Floors to be cleaned? Leave it for later and go have a nap.
Get familiar with your baby book
Filling in a baby book can feel like a big project, that’s because it is. It’s a long process but it’s most definitely worth it. There won’t be much to add straight after your baby is born, but the basics (weight, length, time of birth, first visitors) should be added straight away. Before you forget! But don’t stop there. Start flipping through the pages and taking mental or digital notes of future blanks to fill. Just so that you know and remember for future preferences.
Get control of the endless baby clothes
You’ve probably been gifted loads of new baby clothes that you haven’t yet had the chance to sort out. As cute as new-born clothes are, they’re not going to organise themselves. Pass time by organising their wardrobes.
Visit your family.
If you can, take the advantage of visiting family members. Spend quality time with them and make memories with your new-born. If you’re unable to get out of the house and visit family, then set up a video call with them.
Now you’ve got your mini list of things to do during maternity leave, go and get that baby book started – before you forget again.
I am a business graduate and live in Glasgow. After taking a career break after my second child, I have not looked back. I now have 4 children and love my role as a stay-at-home mum. I value all the benefits of staying at home with my children and feel I am privileged to be able to do that. I passionately believe that the role of a mother is more important than any other and should be celebrated.