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Time flies so fast these days you barely have the time to just be. It seems your baby came in just yesterday and now they’re already a year old.
It may feel like your baby has learned to be a lot more independent than before, but it only gets more hectic from here.
You have to keep an eye on them and also look out for yourself? Sounds impossible, doesn’t it?
Well, we’re here to prove you wrong. You can find time for yourself and look after your baby. Let’s discuss how:
How To Manage Your Time
When your one-year-old is semi-independent, it makes things ten times worse than what it was before. Looking after a one-year-old is devastatingly time-consuming.
You have to be vigilant about what they’re doing, putting in their mouth, and what they’re playing with. The ever-growing list of responsibilities may take a toll on you.
The frustration will build up and you’ll need an outlet to blow off the steam.
We’ll be providing some tips to tackle these situations.
1. Make A Schedule
The first and most important tip is to make a schedule about what you need to do. You could make this list the night before or right after you wake up the next day. Whichever works best for you.
If you’re a stay at home mom, this can include prepping meals for the entire week, to doing laundry, cleaning the house, or weekly grocery run.
If you’re a working mom then you need to make a list that you should categorize into three parts:
- First, write down what needs to be taken care of immediately and try to finish them every day.
- Second, write down what can be taken care of any time throughout the week.
- Third, write down what can be finished over a long period of time.
2. Value Your Time
While deciding how you can value your time while following a schedule, you first have to learn to let the little things go.
Instead, focus on what you can do with that time. For example, time spent after fixing a sheet you put on the wrong way, spend it by doing something else that demands more attention.
Nobody will judge if your place is untidier than before. Basically, don’t sweat the small stuff and move onto the next part of your schedule.
If you finish up before the day is done, you can save enough time for yourself. It’s a win-win for everybody.
3. Organizing And Prioritizing
Prioritizing and organizing your routine can give you a sense of control. If you have other children that are much older than your one-year-old, markdown their calendars too.
Organize toys to one part of the playroom so that it’s easy for your baby to have access to them during playtime.
Take your smartphone or laptop with you when you go for a walk with your baby. Chances are they’ll fall asleep and you can get some work done in between.
Catch up with old friends or make appointments, whatever you need to do, do it. Put keys, toys, and other important things for a car ride close to the door.
Instead of frantically looking for them and wasting time, you can find them in one place.
4. Get Work Done During Playtime Or Naptime
When your child is distracted and playing with toys, use this chance to get some work done.
The catch here is that you can’t interrupt their playtime. If they lose concentration, they’ll focus on you instead. Be in the same room, but also let them be.
You can also utilize the time when your baby naps. Choose this time to either work or spend it on yourself.
Either way, you won’t get the opportunity once your baby wakes up. If they start crying or look for attention, then postpone your work.
5. Getting Enough Rest
A baby that wakes you up in the middle of the night will leave you feeling sleep deprived and cranky all throughout the day.
Include a 30-minute nap in the list if you find yourself having to wake up during the night. The difference of a daytime nap will do wonders for you.
Getting enough rest also means you shouldn’t stay up late. If you have some leftover cleaning or washing to do leave it for the next day.
Getting regular check-ups with your doctor is also very helpful. After all, taking care of yourself is very important as well.
Make sure you’re getting all the necessary vitamins, eating healthy and getting enough rest!
6. Ask For Help
Even though parents, in general, are considered to be superheroes, it doesn’t mean you’ll take all the workload onto yourself.
Keep an open channel of communication with your partner and your older kids, if you have any. If you can’t do something for them in time, talk to them about it and explain why.
There’s no shame in asking for help from your partner, friends or other family members. A family that works together, stays together.
Make the most of it, and delegate tasks to anybody who is willing to help. Or ask them politely to assist you if you’re too swamped.
7. Room For Toys
Toys are essential for any age of children. Buying toys that are appropriate for their age is also important.
If you have too many toys laying around, don’t worry about it. You can give them away to relatives, friends, or even to charity.This way, your baby will have a better variety of toys to choose and play with. Not to mention, this will keep your house clutter-free.
So, talk to your friends, exchange toys and encourage each other to donate when their children have outgrown toys. Everybody wins!
8. Playtime Frustrations
Remember that time during playtime when your baby is having a difficult time solving a puzzle? Did you rush to calm their frustration?
If yes, then chances are that they won’t learn to solve things by themselves. Usually, in times like this, it’s best to encourage them to try to finish what they started. Let them stand up for themselves.
If they’re too frustrated try explaining to that they’re doing a good job. Positive encouragement can help them interpret things and overcome difficult puzzles as they grow older.
The plus side is, they’ll scream less and be occupied more, which will give you more time to just lay back and relax!
It’s not easy being a parent, having to dedicate ourselves to maintaining a family and keep doing it every single day.
Always remember that hard work pays off, the time and energy you spend looking after your children and their well being will be worth it once they grow up to be amazing human beings.
So, persevere for now and hope for the best. Make the most of the rewards and successes and remember to be positive, tackle the bad times and work together to overcome them!
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