** This post was sponsored by DockATot. All opinions and photography are my own.
It’s hard for me to believe that Adelina has been with us nearly a month now! The days have been long but all too short at the same time. I’ve learned so much about taking care of a newborn and myself in the past four weeks, so I wanted to share four lessons I’ve realized in my first month as a mom of a newborn (and a toddler).
- Ask for help. Don’t try to do everything. This has been the most difficult lesson for me. On the first day I spent alone with the girls when Graham went back to work I tried to do everything. I judged the success of the day by how much I accomplished, but I quickly realized that is not sustainable, nor is it the best use of my time. When my mom came into town to help I really focused on taking as many naps as I could when baby slept and to just relax as much as I could. It’s been difficult for me to let go of control — of how my home looks, how things are done around our house, and so much more — but I’m learning it’s necessary.
- Soak in every moment. This is really what your focus should be as a newborn mom. I will never get these moments back, so who cares of the house isn’t perfectly in order? (It’s easier said than done, but it’s something to strive for.)
- Take care of yourself. I learned I need to make sure to drink enough water, sleep when I can and not neglect my needs. This has also been extremely difficult, but I am working on it.
- Baby items with more than one fuction are a must. Hands down the most helpful item for me as a newborn mom has been the DockATot, a multifunctional lounger, cosleeper and playtime lounger. I am able to transport it easily anywhere in the apartment (and beyond) so I can always have the baby near me. It’s been a life saver for us so far and Addi loves being in it. She sleeps so soundly during her naps and I feel reassured that she is safe, not to mention it has a beautiful floral cover that looks lovely in our home. Florals speak to me.
The DockATot is 100% cotton and tested for breathability. I can place the DockATot on the bed or on the floor near me as I do things around the house, and she is secure and comfortable. It creates a micro climate for baby Adelina that keeps her cozy, and the DockATot will help make a smooth transition into a toddler bed later on. (I have the Deluxe size for babies up to 8 months but the Grand fits toddlers 9 to 36 months.) Also, I can easily wash the cover when needed and I can switch the cover for another design, too!
I also can’t wait to use the DockATot when we visit family in Kentucky sometime this summer. We took the DockATot on our Kentucky Derby day outing to a racetrack and it was so helpful to have!
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Marette Flora is the founder of Floradise blog and personalized gift shop. Marette is a passionate storyteller and creator. She attended the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University and obtained a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication.
She is passionate about creating helpful and meaningful things.