For many mamas, there simply aren’t enough hours in the day. All of the daily tasks that took up so much of your time before you had children – the cooking, the cleaning, the shopping – have multiplied since you brought a new little person (or people!) into the house, and everything takes so much longer with a baby in tow. Is it any wonder so many new mothers struggle to get to sleep, with so many things to be done!
Sometimes daily chores can make it hard to even find the time to sleep. We’re told to sync our sleep patterns with a little one, but the best time to get things done is usually when they’re down for a nap. This often means we end up choosing to forego opportunities to rest in favor of keeping the house in a (relatively) orderly state. After all, we’re already sleep-deprived… what’s another lost hour?
But trading sleep for chores is not healthy or sustainable. Sleep deprivation can significantly impact your physical and emotional wellbeing, and being a mom is a marathon, not a sprint. That’s why enlisting a little help around the house can be one of the best things you can do – both for you and your family.
Thankfully, the advent of outsourcing apps (like TaskRabbit) has made it super easy to start offloading your most hated household chores. Now, it only takes a few clicks to put up a listing, find some extra help, and free up time for important self-care – like sleep. All you really need to do is choose which tasks you’d most like to let go of!
Cleaning the house
Conveniently, the task that most mamas would like help with is also one of the easiest to outsource. From professional services to other mothers working part-time, there are plenty of options when it comes to cleaners. While it can take time to find one that suits your budget and meets your expectations, a good cleaner is worth it as they will allow you to go about your day – and rest when your baby sleeps – knowing that your home will be kept neat and tidy. You can also organize for your cleaning to be done while you’re out and about, further reducing the impact on your family time.
Doing the laundry
Dirty clothes have an uncanny ability to multiply, particularly when there’s a baby in the house. However, this can easily be managed by taking advantage of your local laundromat’s wash/dry/fold service. In fact, your house cleaner may also be able to help with this – and could even put your freshly-laundered clothes away for you.
Delivering your shopping
Online ordering has been a true game-changer for stay-at-home moms. Most stores charge a flat fee to deliver your groceries to your door, and you can order online whenever and wherever suits you (and your little one!). There are also subscription services for everything from organic fruit and veg to nappies, which can bring a little joy to your week (who doesn’t love a care package?) and make sure you never run out.
Planning your meals
While nourishment is critical for new moms, meals tend to be more ‘what’s available’ than ‘what do I need.’ The good news is that there’s no shortage of online meal planners, many specifically catering for nursing mothers, that can take the time and guesswork out of meal prep. Most planning services can also generate a shopping list for you, making it even easier to make sure you have the things you need to thrive.
Watching your child
Many moms think that babysitters are only for special occasions, but this is not necessarily true. Having someone else look after your child, even for an hour or two, will allow you to take a break, get some rest, and return to your little one refreshed and with more energy.