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Maternity Leave Coming Up? Read Little Routines Top Advice

Maternity Leave
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Following on from The Baby Mattresses Online Guide to Shared Parental Leave, I have written my own advice on how you can make the most of your maternity leave & simply enjoy this special time.

With spring arriving and the sun shining it really is a wonderful start for all you ladies just beginning your maternity leave. The weeks ahead are very special as you spend time preparing and waiting for the arrival of your little one. Below, I have written a few of my top tips to help you make the most of your maternity leave and prepare for your baby's arrival.

  • Try to be as organised and prepared as you can. You will then feel calm and in control. Make sure you have all the baby's things bought and the nursery laid out. Have a tick list, as it is so easy to forget something. Don't forget the blackout blinds!
  • Your hospital bag and a bag for your baby should be packed now and in a place where you and your partner know where to find it easily.
  • Spend some time cooking for the freezer. Having a few meals ready to heat up, in the early weeks after your baby has arrived, is wonderful. If you can achieve all this early on, then you have the rest of the time before your baby arrives, to relax and enjoy with your family and friends. It will never be quite as easy again to pop out to the shops or have an uninterrupted lunch with a friend. So enjoy these times.
  • Book a manicure or facial. Really treat yourself.
  • Don't forget to include your partner and have some quality time together. The men can feel left out at this time, as it really is all about you.
  • If you are able, arrange some help for after your baby is born. This may be with your baby or in the house with the cleaning and ironing. If anyone asks you what they can do to help, suggest making a meal for the freezer or a cake. You will appreciate this more than you can imagine!
  • Have as much rest as you can but keep yourself busy. Remember your due date is only a guide. Your baby could arrive a couple of weeks before this date but could also arrive a couple of weeks afterwards!

You are about to experience the most wonderful time of your life. Babies are so precious and are here to be loved and enjoyed. Be proud of yourself and your baby too!

Gillian Stewart, Little Routines.

13th April 2015, 11:58
Page updated 5th Oct 2015, 13:25
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