Self Isolating With your baby
We understand these are unprecedented times, with a lot of changes and new things to deal with! None more so than if you have just welcomed a new baby into the world!
Usually, you would be showing off your new little bundle of joy, welcoming visitors into your home to meet your little girl or boy and going for walks meeting the neighbours who cannot help cooing over your pride and joy, unfortunately in the current climate, this is just not possible!
So, we’ve put together a few tips to help you get through self-isolating with your baby, we suggest making the most of this special time where you and only you can spend time and bond with your baby. This could be a memorable time for you both with no interruptions from anyone, leaving you to focus on baby and do the things you want to do and start bringing them up how you would like to, not how your interfering mother in law might tell you too 😊 We are only teasing …we know just how important advice and hints and tips from family members are but hey if your self-isolating all we are saying is try and make the best of it! Embrace this time alone with your baby to look after them and yourself!
- Make a memory book or photo album, your new baby will be changing and growing daily so why not take lots of pictures and document this to look back on and show them when they are older. You can use an online photo printing company to print off all your snaps or you could invest in a good quality printer at home that will do it instantly.
- Relax, put the radio on or TV and grab a cuppa and chill …do not feel ashamed to take some time out for yourself while the baby is napping, you can’t go anywhere, so just enjoy being at home, you could even take this time to do a face mask or give yourself a mini manicure and paint your nails (which let’s face it have probably been the last thing on your mind to do!) make time for yourself and don’t feel guilty about it!
- Keep in touch with the outside world, face time your friends and family, they will be missing out on cuddles and munches from your baby too so involve them as much as you can with video calls, it will do you good to have a chat with someone other than your partner and baby too! They can praise you on how well you are coping alone which will boost your mood and leave you feeling positive.
- When you feel up to it and it is safe to do so, why not try a little light exercise…the government allows a walk once a day as long as you keep a safe distance away from people (six feet) or why not try an online yoga or Pilates class…even doing the housework can be a workout in itself…just don’t try to do too much too soon, listen to your body and only do what you can.
- Lastly, keep up to date with the news but try not to become obsessed by it, it’s very scary at the moment and the constant coronavirus news can become a bit much, and not good for your mental health, so stay informed but don’t let it consume you. Turn the news off…pick up that book you’ve been meaning to read or phone a friend for a chat about something other than coronavirus while the baby takes a nap.