You’ve finally brought your precious bundle home, and you’re so excited to be a mom.
And then the craziness sets in…
You have no idea what you’re doing. The days are running together, and you barely have time to use the restroom alone (don’t act like you haven’t taken your baby in there with you!).
Through it all, you probably don’t quite look like yourself at the moment and you’re dying to create some normalcy in your routine. If you feel anything like I did, you would particularly love to look a little bit more put together each day. After two months of trial and error (mainly error as a schedule does not exist with a newborn), I noticed if you follow the below guidelines each day you’ll feel infinitely more like a real person.
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Do that hair girl…
Pick a go-to hairstyle that you can do in 5 minutes or less…10 minutes max! My hairstyle of choice these days is a messy bun paired with a statement headband–literally takes me all of 3 minutes tops to do.
Be realistic about your morning routine…
The probability is high that you won’t have a solid 30 minutes to get ready in the morning. Come up with a “morning essentials” routine. For example, my pre-baby routine was the following:
- Brush my teeth (1.5 Min)
- Wash my face and go through an entire skincare regimen (5 Min)
- Put on a full face of makeup (15 Min)
- Style my hair (20-30 Min)
Now, the below routine is the norm:
- Brush my teeth (1.5 Min)
- Wash my face –simple cleanse and moisturize (2-3 Min)
- Simplistic makeup routine–preferably one that can be done one-handed (5 Min)
- Quick hair style (5 Min)
Try harder in the cute pajamas department…
You’re going to spend a lot of time in your pajamas or other comfy clothes. In the initial weeks, there were often times when I was in my pajamas all day! Instead of throwing on that old, favorite tee and those sweats from college, purchase a few comfy pajama sets you can wear in their place. It’s amazing how much more put together you feel when you wear matching gear. Below are three outfits I purchased for wear during my maternity leave. Each of these are super soft and extremely affordable. Your little one is going to “share” a lot of bodily fluids (drool, snot, blowouts, spit up…you get it) with you whether you like it or not, so it’s best to get clothing that you don’t mind messing up or having to wash often.
Create your postpartum “uniform”…
For the days you actually decide to wear real clothes (there will be a slim few), it makes your life a million times easier if you come up with a plan ahead of time in terms of the type of clothes you’ll be gravitating towards. A recipe that worked well for me was leggings + loose tee or tank + cardigan or duster. It’s comfortable for at-home while still being presentable for a public outing. Below are three of my go-to’s:
It’s that simple! If you follow these four steps each day, I promise you’ll feel a bit more like yourself. These days it’s the small things that matter, and it’s so so important to take time for YOU. It’ll be difficult to do so at first, but you can do it mama!
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