Beat the Baby Blues this Winter

Caring for a newborn is challenging, especially when the weather keeps you cooped up inside. The occasional stroll outside can calm both you and your baby, making the transition easier. When the weather prohibits the occasional walk outside, a visit to a friend’s house or even a trip to the mall, the hours inside with a baby can feel like weeks.

“Baby Blues” affects about 80 percent of all new mothers. Symptoms can include crying easily, feeling overwhelmed, feeling a loss of control, feeling exhausted, anxious or sad, and feeling a lack of confidence about being a parent.

Try these suggestions for ways to ease the baby blues when you can’t get outside:
•    Eating well
•    Avoiding alcohol, caffeine and over-the-counter sleep medications
•    Getting regular exercise such as walking on a treadmill
•    Being in sunlight or its equivalent long enough to make you feel good
•    Having time for yourself with a break from responsibility
•    Getting adequate rest and sleep

These tips can help make the time you spend with your newborn this winter not only bearable, but also enjoyable.

Excerpted from: Pregnancy, Childbirth and the Newborn

© copyright 2010 by Parent Trust for Washington Children with permission from its publisher Meadowbrook Press.