The number one thing I was not prepared for when having my first baby was being on the clock 24/7. I love that baby more than I ever knew was humanly possible, but I was also exhausted and burnt out.
Trying my best to juggle it all while still remaining present, is teaching me that I have to take care of me to be ready to take the best care of him.
As life goes, there is a balance to be found, but I really believe that when we are confident, well cared for, and happy with ourselves, we have so much more room in our hearts to love others.
Taking time for self-care is a must for new moms! Here are five self-care hacks for new moms to make self-care quicker and more accessible!
1. Use Shower Lotion
I had no idea that this was even a thing until a few months ago. When I was visiting my sister in Utah, my nosy little self noticed this product in her shower.
It was love at first sight.
My dry skin is the worst, but I simply could not fix it because I was never consistent about applying lotion.
Putting my lotion on in the shower changed that because it saves me a step.
No need to dry off. I simply rub it on while I’m still wet, rinse it off, and then I’m done. Booyah!
My skin feels and looks so much better.
2. Use a Good Dry Shampoo
Obvious, right? Everyone knows dry shampoo is the ultimate mom hack.
Someday I’d like to pay someone to come in and wash my hair and style it on a regular basis. Seriously, that is when I will tell people I’ve made it. Until then, like most ladies, dry shampoo is my lifesaver.
I’ve trained my hair to go three days before needing a rinse, but sometimes it just needs a little refresher in between. Remember: not all dry shampoos are created equal. This is my favorite one to do the trick.
3. Use Foot Mud In Between Pedicures
Please tell me I’m not the only one that gets dry and cracked heels?
When you have a kid, it’s hard to make time to get a pedicure. The fumes in the salons are not a great place for a baby to be, and scheduling a babysitter feels like a lot of work just to get a pedicure.
Every time I go get a pedicure, the tech tells me I need to get the callus remover.
But this foot mud has helped so much by healing dry and cracked skin.
I still like to get pedicures every so often, but this product helps me go longer in between.
4. Make a Self Care Schedule
Making a schedule for self-care made such a big difference for me.
Having a baby can make it easy to lose yourself trying to meet all of their needs, so prioritizing self-care is a must.
I literally schedule reminders on my phone. Or you can use my Spiritual Self-Care Planner to write in your self-care reminders in your weekly and monthly planning pages.
On Mondays, I wash my hair, style it, pluck my eyebrows, and clip my fingernails.
On Thursdays, I wash my hair again, style it, shave, etc.
I have a time scheduled for hobbies, etc.
Gone are the days of looking in the mirror and realizing I haven’t tweezed in two months, or done something I love. Now self-care is just a normal part of my week.
5. Schedule a Makeover
One of the best things I did right after my baby was born was to schedule a makeup class. I found a local makeup artist and made an appointment with her.
A class made things so much simpler.
She taught me how to do my makeup quickly, and looked through my makeup bag and told me which products to stick with, and recommended others to purchase.
It was such a nice thing to go get my makeup done and feel beautiful right after having a baby, but it was even better to learn new tricks for making my makeup routine so much faster.
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