For mums who have given birth during lockdown or just before the pandemic this year will not have met with the expectations you have as a new mum. Now that the end we are getting closer to more freedom how can we transition from lockdown with a baby.
1. Slowly, Slowly..
You will have friends and family who are desperate to meet and hold your little one. This may be overwhelming for your baby. Take it slowly, just meet a couple of people at a time, don’t feel obliged to hand your baby over. Have baby in a sling, baby will feel safe and people are less likely to ask for a hold.
This is so important. Don’t bottle up your feelings , talk and share about what you have been through and also how you feel. If you need to take things slowly, then do what you feel is right. If you are not ready to meet indoors then let people know.
3. Choose wisely
Don’t feel pressured into rushing to book lots of activities for your little one. Going from being at home to being bombarded with sensory activities may be too much for you both. Look for small classes and pay as you go playgroups, so you don’t feel pressure to attend every week.
Lockdown has been hard for many, put there has also been some positives. Write down the positives for your family and as lockdown is lifted, remember the things you have learned during this time.
When meeting other mums at groups be kind. We have all had different experiences over the pandemic and a smile and a kind word go a long way.
Do what is right for you and your family and be aware of your own boundaries….just take baby steps.
Hello – I’m Nicole Hepburn, mother of three and owner of Nurtured Baby. I am a baby massage instructor and specialise in cloth nappies and babywearing – working with families for over 10-years.