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The right supplies
For any nursing mom, investing in a hands-free pumping bra is always smart. With a couple of these on hand, you can nurse and pump hands-free wherever you go. This is especially convenient when you go back to work because you’re always able to nurse or pump, wherever you are and whenever you need to, without having to change bras.
Another essential for staying hands-free is a good quality baby carrier. Some babies will chill in a swing or bouncy seat like a champ, but others want to be held and cuddled all the time, especially during those early days. There are several styles on the market, so it’s worth taking the time to find the right baby carrier for you.
The right setup
The same trick goes for feedings, outings, and everything else you do. Once you get the hang of things, you’ll be able to feed your baby anywhere, but in the early days, it’s nice to have a designated feeding spot that has everything you need. And to be prepared for outings, make sure you have a good diaper bag where all your necessities can be organized and ready to go.
The right healthy habits
Along the same lines, the foods you choose during pregnancy and postpartum not only make for a healthier baby, but they also fuel you for optimal energy. To maximize your health and energy, focus on eating foods that deliver the key nutrients your body needs. Eating Well makes this easier with pregnancy meal plans. Pick a few that look appetizing, and then make a shopping list. If you find some new favorites, be sure to save these recipes for later.
Life is full of major changes, but few things can change your life in quite the same way that becoming a parent does. While you can never know 100 percent what to expect as a new parent, the best you can do is anticipate the crazy, beautiful, hectic life to come. Then, put these strategies in place to make it all go more smoothly!
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David B. Younger, Ph.D. is the creator of Love After Kids, for couples that have grown apart since having children. He is a clinical psychologist and couples therapist with a web-based private practice and lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, 14-year-old son, 5-year-old daughter and 7-year-old toy poodle.