As a new parent, all of your attention and energy goes into taking care of your baby, especially in the first few months. Before you know it, you realize you haven’t been out of your house -or even out of your sweats - for way to long. Chances are, you’ve got a case of cabin fever!
Follow these 5 simple tips below to get yourself back on track.
1. Set small goals
Even if you aren't ready to get out of the house just yet, a small step towards venturing out is to simply get yourself ready as if you were! Surprisingly, this will make you feel a lot better.
Find time to shower while your baby is asleep
- 10 minutes is all you need!
Put on a face mask or apply light makeup
- Looking your best may help you feel your best
Put on something that makes you feel good
- For some, that might mean a nice sundress...for others it might just be a clean pair of sweats!
2. Plan the schedule
Make your baby's naps a time for you. Setting aside time for yourself while your baby sleeps can alleviate that "baby brain" and give you a chance to focus on other things.
Clean the house
- Tidying up can make you feel more organized and in control
Call a friend
- Talk to someone besides your baby
- Finish up a good show or read the book you've been dying to finish
Take a nap, too
- Many parents lose sleep in the first few months with a newborn - so when baby naps, try to get some shut-eye yourself
Fellow mom tips
"Go on a walk! Go out to lunch! Sit in the driveway and get some fresh air!" - Erin B.
"Inviting friends to visit 1-2 times a week has helped me!" - Jordanne B.
3. Get prepared
Going out can seem daunting. A good way to alleviate some of that stress is by making sure you're prepared! Even if it seems unnecessary, over-packing can ease your worries.
Assemble the car seat or stroller beforehand and have it ready to go
- This can be tricky. Have a family member or S/O help when they're home
Check the weather
- If it's a cold or rainy day, save going out for another time.
Pack all the essentials in a baby bag
- Change of clothes
4. Don't forget
Plan for on-the-go naps. Always make sure you packed some cozy, travel-friendly napping clothes.
If your little one can nap in the stroller or car seat, day trips will be a lot easier
- Pack a Zen Footie or Zen Bodysuit to put under baby's normal clothes
5. Go for it!
Baby steps, you've got this.
- Go out to grab a coffee
- Take a walk around the block with your little one
- Run a quick errand
- Limit your time in a store to 30 minutes or less
- Visit a friend
- This will get you out of the house, but still give you a familiar space in case your baby needs a nap or change