While the baby sleeping, make a snack for yourself, then, tidy up. Take a few things out that you will cook for dinner, put the laundry on. Then, sit and rest again, perhaps read a few things about being a new mom and plan a few things. Keep things simple when you are going to make a dinner put rice in a rice cooker, meat in a sauce and in oven, ready cut coleslaw, or tomatoes and cheese in oil and vinagar.
I timed some of the taskes that every mom has to do and a lot of them take 3 to 5 mins, such as picking up coats and shoes, wiping down the bathroom counter. If you remember a little regularly through a day, you will get it done. Babies sleep for 2 to 4 hours at a time and how you manage this time makes a great differance to how rested and happy you and baby will be.
Source: Having 4 children and working with many other mothers.
By Carolyn from Chilliwak, BC
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