New Parent Survival To-Do List

Written by: Jill Donenfeld

You’ve read every book, taken all the classes necessary, purchased every gadget and decorated the most perfect nursery in preparation for your little one to arrive.  You are about to embark on the most exciting adventure of your life: parenthood.  Say hello to your new daily to-do list of feeding the baby, burping the baby, changing diapers, doing laundry, trying to get some sleep and repeating.  The Culinistas, a weekly home chef service, want to jazz up your latest to-do list with tips that will make your new life a bit easier.

  1. Schedule a Date Night In! It is important to keep the spark ignited between you and your SO after the baby comes home.  This can be a difficult task when you factor in getting dressed up, finding a sitter, hailing a taxi and worrying about your newborn when you should be focusing on your relationship.  All of these things can make you want to scream.  Well don’t scream.  After the baby is sound asleep, date night in is a great way to reconnect. Stay in those lululemon pants, throw on a big comfy sweatshirt and meet the person of your dreams at the dinner table for date night in the comfort of your own home.  Hiring a chef can be a huge stress reliever.   If someone waiting on you makes you nervous or you are worried the cost might be prohibitive, I encourage you to check out The Culinistas who will prepare a week’s worth of dishes that you can mix and match to make your own customized, zero stress date night in!
  2. Hire a cleaning service!  It’s stressful enough learning how to be a new parent.  But, try taking on this challenge with a dirty apartment.  Hire someone for the first few weeks to sweep the floors, take out the trash, do your dishes, dust, and of course, organize the endless supply of baby toys.  Take a load off yourself and spend your time ooing and awing over your new permanent house guest.
  3. Take time for yourself! Tap into your local parent resource websites, like NPN, to discover that there are hundreds of other people in your same shoes.  Check out social meet-ups, new parent classes and find play dates.  This will allow you to share experiences, make new friends and commiserate with parents who are going through similar issues.  You never know, you and your child could end up making lifelong relationships!
  4. Breeze through airport security! It’s likely that grandma and grandpa are a plane ride away.  Going through security is a stressful activity on your own and factoring in a newborn can be even more intimidating.  But did you know that security will let you through the metal detector while carrying your little one in a baby bjorn?  This allows you to be hands free to take off your shoes, remove your belt, all electronic devices and anything else that makes the security line move like a snail! 

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Posted on August 20, 2012 at 9:44 AM