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10 Self-Care Tips for a New Parent

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10 Self-Care Tips for a New Parent


Being a new parent is an exciting stage of your life’s journey. However, you can also feel overwhelmed as it comes with a lot of responsibility.

Parenting can take a toll on you physically and mentally. Therefore, it’s essential to make time for your self-care.

According to research, about 78% of mothers place their family’s well-being above theirs. Many father’s are of similar circumstances.

It can prove harmful to you in the long run if you don’t make your self-care a priority.


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Here are a few self-care tips for your health and well-being as a new parent.

  1. Don’t be too hard on yourself

One significant step for your self-care is remembering not to be too hard on yourself. You don’t have to be perfect to be a great parent.

As a new mom, your body will experience some changes. As well, you’ll have to adjust your daily routine. Dealing with this new stage can be challenging, especially if you have just given birth. However, you shouldn’t feel guilty or feel you’re not good enough. Instead, you could find out more about what causes these changes and how you can deal with them.

For instance, if you’re a breastfeeding mom, you can read more on the causes of cracked nipples. Arming yourself with information allows you to give the best care to yourself.


  1. Build a support system

Surround yourself with people who can help. Having a solid support system will prove beneficial. Your support system can help in a myriad of ways including lending a listening and helping with the baby when you need to take time for chores or rest.

Many new parents often find it difficult to leave their children with others or to delegate tasks. However, it will benefit the entire family if baby is familiar with your friends, other family members, and other helpers. Doing this will help put you at ease when you have to leave your baby with them.

Additionally, joining communities such as those found on motherhood, fatherhood and parenting apps can be helpful. They help to remind you that you’re not alone, you learn from their stories, and they give you confidence to know that you’re doing just fine.

  1. Don’t stop doing what you love

Being a new parent comes with many changes, but it doesn’t mean you should stop being yourself. You probably had some favorite activities before baby, and even if you may not have as much time to enjoy them like before, you can still try and make time for your hobbies.  Even if you only spend an hour or thirty minutes in the week, it can make a big difference.

If you love to write, you can spend a few moments when your baby is taking a nap to record the highlights of your day. Perhaps you want to write down how you’re feeling and the things you appreciate.

No matter how busy things may get, never forget who you are and what you love to do. #lifeadvice Click To Tweet.


  1. Drink lots of water

This step may seem like a basic one but can go a long way in improving your well-being.

In the hustle and bustle of parenthood, you may forget to stay hydrated. This can negatively affect you in several ways. As well, if you are a nursing mother you need that water to properly produce breast milk and to replenish any fluids you may have lost.

You can also try other ways of staying hydrated, such as eating foods rich in water content such as tomatoes and cucumber.

    1. Pamper yourself with a new look

As a new parent, you may not have as much time to pay attention to your appearance as before. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t still feel great and be your beautiful natural self.

New parents may also benefit from a new shorter haircut. Low-maintenance hairstyles are convenient and can give you the time you need to attend to other activities. If you’re experiencing postpartum hair loss this can also be helpful. This will give you a fresh look, can be a confidence booster, and can help reduce the time you may have initially had to spend on your hair.

Additionally, you can try to dress up, even if you’re going to be home with the kids the whole day. You can swap your maternity clothes which may now look a bit baggy on you, to a simple pair of jeans and a comfy t-shirt which fit you perfectly.

  1. Don’t be afraid to say no

As a new parent being assertive is vital, as you may not always have the time or energy for some things. If some friends want to visit but you’re extra tired or have a hectic day ahead, you shouldn’t feel bad for saying no or rescheduling it to another time.

The Art of Saying No
The Art of Saying No

If you also have a whole list of chores but can’t do everything before the day ends, it doesn’t make you any less of a great parent. Sometimes, you just have to step back and say no, even if it means sitting on your carpet or couch for a few minutes doing absolutely nothing. Knowing when to do so can liberate you and help you prioritize your mental and emotional well-being.

  1. Take a shower

Sometimes, you may be so busy attending to your little one that you may even forget to take a shower. However, no matter how short, a warm shower or bath can do wonders for you. It can help make you feel calm. It really can, just ask Mr. Ho… he thinks that a shower solves all problems.

It has a way of making you feel you can conquer the rest of the tasks ahead of you as it invigorates you. After the spills, sweat, etc., a shower is a sweet necessity.

  1. Get some sleep

As impossible as this may sound, it’s still essential to get quality sleep.. Doing this will yield great results for your health and make you feel less overwhelmed. To make this more achievable, you can run shifts with your partner so that you can sneak in some sleep. You can also take a nap while your baby is sleeping so you can feel rejuvenated during the day.

  1. Take walks

You may not be able to exercise as much as you used to before, but it’s best to be active, even if it’s for a few minutes every day. One great way to do this is to take regular walks. It is super easy to pop baby in a stroller and get some fresh air for both of you. Your partner can also go along. It is a great time to catch up on how you both are coping with your new roles in life. Doing this for fifteen minutes can help relax you, put your day into perspective, and shed off a few calories in the process. It’s best to complement your efforts to stay active with a healthy diet and other exercises that you can easily fit into your busy schedule, such as yoga, dancing, etc.

  1. Don’t compare yourself with other parents

Every parenthood journey is different. There are many milestones along the way. Therefore, it isn’t healthy to compare yourself to other parents. Instead, you should celebrate your uniqueness and note your baby’s little achievements.

These are priceless memories.

You can learn from other parents, but there’s a difference between that and comparing yourself to them. This can negatively affect your self-esteem and mental health.


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Prioritizing your self-care as a new parent isn’t selfish but rather vital. It will enable you to give your kids your best and parent burnout. Practicing the above-listed tips will help you to be your best.

It’s all about taking little steps each day, being willing to learn, and reminding yourself that you can do it.


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Naturally Yours,
Elise Ho
Ph.D., D.N. Psych.
Behavioral & Mental Health Specialist

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30 thoughts on “10 Self-Care Tips for a New Parent”

  1. I have a 10 month old baby boy and know first hand self care is very important. Getting out of this house especially during all the Covid mess has been hard.

    1. Getting out of the house with baby, even during an easier time than Covid, is challenging. Finding ways to get yourself that self-care you need is equally challenging but so very important.

  2. I don’t envy new parents! But I had to chuckle when reading about taking a shower! It is true, sometimes you just forget! Especially in that first month or two! And if you have a a toddler and a new born as I did, it is even worse! LOL

    1. That is the easiest thing to forget or to skip. In my case once I did my mother-in-law got annoyed at me because she didn’t think I should shower for a few weeks she was concerned that it causes bad health.

    1. It truly is not sensible at all for a parent to neglect their own self-care. One cannot pour from an empty cup and one cannot teach their child to take care of themselves if they don’t model that very behavior.

  3. I agree with this statement: No matter how busy things may get, never forget who you are and what you love to do! You should learn how to be resilient and also manage your time better.

  4. All of these are so important! I didn’t take care of myself well the first few weeks we were home with my oldest. Once I started waking up even 10 minutes earlier to have a bit of time for me before I had to hit the ground running, it made all the difference. The only thing I would add is accepting help when it’s offered and not being afraid to ask for help. This should be part of your support system.

    1. Asking and being willing to receive help it’s definitely something that should be part of a support system. Fantastic tap on that waking up just 10 minutes early. Isn’t it amazing what a difference 10 minutes can make?

  5. Great tips! So important not to be too hard on yourself as a new parent. Easier said than done but I really do think it’s important no to compare yourself to others as part of this.

    1. I agree with everything you said here. It’s important to take note of the wins and to celebrate them. It is important to have knowledge that we need help sometimes and that we don’t need to do everything ourselves.

  6. All new parents need these tips, most especially building a support system that will help her to manage everything about herself and with her baby.

  7. I just had my second baby a month ago – and how I take care of myself is by getting my ME TIME – WORKING OUT – and SLEEPING during the day when I can (Because I take night shift every night). I am blessed with an amazing support system too, thank goodness, so I am feeling pretty great! 🙂

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Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho

Dr. Elise Ho is a Holistic Health & Life Coach with a special interest in emotional health, life alignment, and energy flow.

Elise will partner with you to align your mindset, your energy, your home and your career so that you can live your life's desire with freedom and love.

Elise offers 30 years of experience and multiple certifications and degrees including a Ph.D. in Natural Health and a doctoral degree in Naturopathic Psychology.