When you first bring a baby home, everyone tells you to “sleep when the baby sleeps.”
That’s a load of crap.
You also have to eat, shower, go to the bathroom, catch up on Mad Men, call your mom back, write thank you notes, organize the nursery, do laundry, find alone time with to your husband, etc. etc. etc.
Yes, I was exhausted. But in those first few months, when everything revolved around holding, bathing, changing and feeding my new baby, I needed those precious naptime hours to be productive for myself. And when I was showered and fed, I still wanted to do things like take a walk, go to the gym, read a book, watch TV, play online, etc.
If I had spent that time sleeping, I think I would have lost my mind.
I say do whatever makes you feel like you are retaining your sanity. If that’s playing Words With Friends on your iPhone for the five minutes you have to yourself, do it. If that’s sleep, more power to you.
Let your baby have a pacifier.
I gave one to both my children the day they were born and never had a problem with breastfeeding like I’ve heard warnings about. Plus, it’s so much easier to quickly soothe your child and keep them happy.
People are afraid their baby will become dependent on it, but the reality is, if you don’t use a pacifier, your baby is just going to learn to suck on their own fingers.
You can take a pacifier away when your child hits 18 months.
As a working mom, I could not live without a strapless hands-free pumping bra.
Pumping one, two, three times a day while you’re at work is a big job. It’s time consuming, disruptive to your day and not exactly the best feeling in the world.
But at least, with the combination of a hands-free pumping bra and a smart phone, you can turn your pumping time into Facebook/Twitter/Instagram checking time. Or read a book. Catch up on current events. Respond to emails.
I’ve actually begun to enjoy my pumping time, because I can spend that fifteen minutes doing personal stuff that I normally wouldn’t feel comfortable doing at work.
The strapless version is an added bonus. It means you can pull up your shirt and put it on right over your regular nursing bra without taking anything off. Which is great since the pumping room at my office has a window that looks directly into the building next door.
That’s one show nobody wants to see.