Many new parents find that the scheduling demands of having a baby in the home are difficult to navigate. It is not uncommon for parents to struggle in keeping up with the routine responsibilities of life. Some even feel like they don’t measure up because of these difficulties. So how can you take control of your schedule and regain some normalcy to your life after your baby arrives? Below you can learn about the E.A.S.Y method and how it can help you regain control of your life with a newborn.
The first part of the E.A.S.Y method stands for eat. Newborns need to eat frequently and tend to feed at regular intervals, so it makes sense to start the process here. There’s nothing fancy here; it is just your baby eating. Make sure you are following appropriate feeding guidelines for your child’s age.
Once your child is done eating, the next step in the E.A.S.Y. method is to do some form of activity. With newborns, the prospect of doing an activity after eating might be challenging as it is quite common for babies at this stage to fall asleep immediately after a feeding. However, as they grow, it will be easier to incorporate activities. With all of that information in mind, it is an excellent idea to start with simple activities for newborns while keeping the duration short and working towards more complex activities as your child grows.
Once your child has had a chance to enjoy some form of activity, they will be likely ready for some sleep which is the next part of the E.A.S.Y. method. The amount of time your baby will sleep will vary from child to child and could be 20 minutes or several hours. Sleep is when your child grows and develops the most, so this is a critical step in the method. Additionally, babies become exceptionally harder to put to sleep when they have been awake for too long so regular naps are crucial.
The final part of the E.A.S.Y. method is for you and your partner to do whatever you need or want to do while your child is sleeping. It may be taking a nap to prepare for the night ahead, simple housekeeping, or a shower. Whatever you choose to do make sure you take some time for yourself as well.