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Survival Tips for Baby’s First Weeks

Adding a new (complicated, crying) member to your family can be tough. Here's how to get through baby's first weeks.

Take sleep deprivation, and then add raging hormones, postpregnancy episiotomy pain and a new (complicated, crying) family member. How the heck are you going to get through baby’s first weeks? Hear how other new moms handled the newborn period.

“It’s okay to cry. You’re going to be emotional; most moms are.” — Kristin B.

“Shower and get dressed immediately before doing anything else. It makes a huge difference in the way you act and feel.” — threehautemamas

“Accept help — friends and family really do mean it when they offer!” — Cliona F.

“Keep reminding yourself that this is the hardest part and that you’re doing an amazing job. Also, keep visitors at bay for as long as you can!” — ParentMaze

“Sleep when your baby sleeps, even if that means sleeping all day and being up all night for the first couple of weeks. It’s important to stay rested!” — Mindy G.

“Trust your instincts. Quietly listen for them — they’re there!” — Joann W.

“Remember that this part goes by quickly, and before you know it, you’ll forget that they used to spit up all day.” — Amanda M.

“Trust your partner and let him do as much as possible while you rest and heal. Take it one day at a time and stay positive.” — Julie C.

“Snuggle with baby and take lots of pictures. Don’t let visitors distract you from enjoying it.” — Liselotte

“Force yourself to slow down and enjoy sitting still. Enjoying a slower pace doesn’t come naturally to most people, but try!” — Shevi

“Be patient, give your baby lots of love, and the housework can wait!” — Tiffany C.

“Try to get outside with baby daily if possible — it helps boost everyone’s mood and helps baby learn day and night.” — Lisa Z.

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