Yes, you thought pregnancy was so hard, and now you have now realized the newborn stage is even much harder. You are probably wondering when do babies get easier. The long sleepless nights, postpartum depression, and the pain of breastfeeding have all been overlooked. Welcome to the newborn stage! Just remember it will pass and you may even make it much easier with these newborn hacks.
When Do Babies Get Easier?
The first few months are going to be hard. But, when your baby is 2 to 3 months old, things will get easier. They may sleep better and for longer periods of time. This is probably because they have adapted to the new environment, and you learn what works and what doesn’t. Also, eating more makes them sleep for longer periods of time.
By learning these hacks, you will no longer need to ask when do babies get easier.
- Swaddling is difficult, more difficult than it looks especially if your baby is a kicker. Buy an easy swaddle like “swaddleme” or a sleepsack. It will save you time!
- Buy a wipe warmer. Newborns do not like anything that is cold.
- Make sure your newborn’s clothes have zippers. It is so much easier to deal with. Two zippers would be amazing.
- Buy more than one crib sheet. There will be a lot of spit-up. Also, buy a water-proof sheet.
- Use coconut oil for cradle cap. To prevent it, scrub the baby’s head efficiently during each bath.
- Buy a nipple shield. Your nipples will bleed!
- Keep a small basket filled with baby supplies in each room.
- Invest in a good breast pump, and begin pumping asap it will help your supply increase.
- Sleep when your baby does. You will not get good enough sleep at night for the first few weeks.
- Try to create a routine by the second week. This will keep you sane.
- Boppy pillows are necessary. Invest in a good one.
- Try to prepare easy meals or order from out because you will not have time to make good meals.
- Try to get some movement into your routine. It could be just a simple morning walk. It is healthy for you to go outdoors.
- Buy more than one brand of diapers and see what contains those blowouts more.
- Keep extra diapers and extra pair of clothes in your diaper bag and in the car.
- Always have gas drops and Tylenol in hand. You can add gas drops to bottles through a pacifier.
- Introduce a bottle early even if you breastfeed. Trust me it will save you lots of time in the future.
- Place a clean diaper below a dirty one to prevent messes when changing diapers.
- To remove poop stains, wash in the washer machine, and place it under the sun to dry. Don’t use a dryer.
- Move a finger down their forehead and over the bridge of their nose to help babies sleep.
- Heat the crib using a heating pad and then remove it. Place the baby on the crib. The baby will fall asleep quickly thinking it is still on your lap.
- You may notice your newborn will cry a lot if your milk supply is not enough or takes time to come in. Buy a box of formula just in case and if you are okay with it. You can always stop the formula when not needed. Keep breastfeeding while supplementing formula so your milk supply can increase.
- Drink lots of water. It will help with milk supply and help you lose baby weight.
I hope these newborn hacks help with the first few weeks of your baby’s life.
If you would like more newborn hacks, I recommend reading LoveLilaya’s blog “30 Newborn Tips, Tricks and Hacks For The First 30 Days.” If you would like to know what items you need for the first year, read “Things You Need for Your Newborn”.