Becoming a mother is like stepping onto a roller coaster of emotions, a ride filled with exhilarating highs and challenging lows. As every new mom navigates this transformative phase, a little guidance can go a long way. Taking some of the collective wisdom of the experienced mamas on the Boba team, here are some invaluable hacks to help you navigate the beautiful chaos of motherhood.
1. Wake Up Before Baby!
"This makes a world of difference to me, even if it’s just 10 mins where I can go to the bathroom alone, wash my face and put on some nice comfy clothes before my son wakes up: it’s a game changer. It’s just not waking up to that “cry” and going to fight or flight state.”
The serenity of finding a few minutes alone in the morning can set the tone for the entire day. By avoiding the immediate rush of tending to all the tasks on your plate, you can start your day with a sense of calm and purpose. Natalia swears that it allows you to take each moment in the present and feel less overwhelmed.
2. Write Everything Down
"Write everything down! I mean everything. Even if you’re just going from your desk to the kitchen. Rest assured you will forget. Reminders and alarms are your friends."
In the whirlwind of motherhood, the smallest tasks can slip through the cracks. Ana emphasizes the importance of jotting down everything, from mundane chores to essential reminders. Keeping track of daily activities not only helps in staying organized but also alleviates unnecessary stress.
3. Babywear, Of Course!
"Wear your baby, have your hubby wear the baby, your older kids wear the baby… just simplify your life and wear your most likely velcro baby."
For many moms, babywearing becomes a lifesaver. Sara passionately advocates for this as one of our trained babywearing educators on the team. It’s all about simplifying your life and staying close to your little one. Whether it's running errands or enjoying a family activity, babywearing fosters a sense of closeness while allowing you to navigate daily tasks with ease.
4. Practice Gratitude
"When that never ending pile of clothes to fold feels overwhelming, I remind myself how lucky I am to have so many people to love. It’s not about having to do it, but getting to do it for them."
Amidst the challenges of motherhood, Aleksandra finds peace in feeling gratitude. Practicing gratitude transforms mundane tasks into acts of love and appreciation. It’s not about the burden of responsibility, but the privilege of nurturing and caring for your family.
5. Take a Breather and Simplify
"Simplify, simplify and then simplify again if it seems too stressful, overcomplicated, too demanding… it’s most likely not needed in your life as a new mom. Say au revoir to stuff that is causing you anxiety and circle back to the idea in 6 months!."
Motherhood is a journey of continuous learning and adaptation. Embracing minimalism and focusing on essential priorities can help in creating a balanced and fulfilling motherhood experience.
By adopting these insightful hacks from the mamas at Boba who have been in your shoes, you can navigate the complexities of motherhood with grace, resilience, and love. Embrace each moment, cherish the memories, and remember, you are not alone on this journey.