Sleep is important for any mom and co-sleeping is what saved my sanity. Before having my daughter I was insistent that I would not co-sleep because of the possible dangers. That lasted about 3 days. Getting up and down constant from bed to get her from the bassinet, just to feed her and put her back down was simply too much work when I'm running on 30 minutes of sleep. Co-sleeping allowed me to nurse, cuddle and sleep all at the same time. We all got far more sleep this way and cut out all the getting up and down from bed.
Carrying around a baby all day is exhausting. By the end of the day, my arms are sore and it's difficult to get things done with one arm. Not to mention going places like the grocery store. Babywearing is essential to any lazy mom's life. Just strap baby to your body and go! It also tends to soothe babies and help them to sleep, along with numerous other benefits for both mother and baby.
Sure, cradle and football holds are nice, but nothing is quite as relaxing as side-lying nursing. When baby is hungry, take a break from whatever you're doing and head to bed. The bedroom should have less distractions than other rooms, which can help baby to focus on the job at hand. It gives mother and baby an opportunity to cuddle, relax and bond and can be a great chance to settle down for a nap together. Sleep when the baby sleeps, right?
Baby Led Weaning
Baby Led Weaning (BLW) is a method for introducing solids to babies. It can be done around 6 months old and involved simply giving the baby appropriate foods and letting them feed themselves. It means no pureeing, no convincing baby to open their mouth, no spoon feeding and no spending money on baby foods. Just give the baby some food when you sit down to eat yourself. It saves time and energy and helps expose baby to a variety of tastes and textures.
Let Them Sleep and Play
Some mothers have been led to believe that a newborn must eat every 2 hours. However, as long as your baby is gaining weight appropriately and has enough wet diapers, just let them sleep. There's no need to wake them up to feed or change them, unless they had a blowout. The phrase should really be, let sleeping babies lie. And perhaps the baby gets a hold of something that isn't actually intended as a baby toy. As long as it won't choke, strangle or otherwise injure them, just let them play. Some of my daughter's favorite toys include empty milk jugs and empty boxes. No harm is caused and she is entertained.