We’re coming up on Charlie’s first birthday, and I have to admit that this has been a whirlwind of a year! I’m completely exhausted, but in a good way. We were pretty unprepared when our little lady debuted (what new parents aren’t?) but it seems that we’ve finally gotten in the swing of things. In no particular order, here’s my Top 5 Tips for Surviving Your Baby’s First Year!
1) Bathe With Baby
It’s hard to find time to shower or bathe when you bring your baby home. You’re completely wiped out of energy physically and mentally. You hardly have time to squeeze in a morning routine to brush your teeth some days! We found out early on that it’s super easy to hop in the tub with an infant, they actually love floating around and having a bit more mobility. And as Charlie grew and started sitting up on her own (about 4 months) we would sit on the floor of the tub and let the shower rain down on us. Not only did it guarantee we both got clean, it was solid entertainment for at least 30 minutes. It was the perfect way to fill up some of the time between naps!
2) Swings (and jumpers and gyms) aren’t the Devil.