Having a baby is a major life-altering experience and the transition to motherhood comes with many ups and downs. Mothers are important and vulnerable, especially during the perinatal stages. The first few weeks after having a baby are extremely demanding, with around-the-clock feedings, and lack of sleep, while also trying to implement self-care.
Engaging in activities can be beneficial for a mother’s physical and mental health, as well as providing the opportunity for the mother to bond with her new baby. Bonding time between a mother and her new baby is essential in getting to know one another and creates a safe, secure, and trusting relationship.
With the summer quickly approaching, here are a few suggestions for summer activities that will benefit both the mother and their newborn baby:
- Having a picnic at the park or even in your backyard is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. A picnic will help the mother unwind while the baby learns and enjoys their surroundings.
- Reading books to your baby is essential for language development. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, reading is a positive parenting tip that will help your baby with the development and understanding of language and sounds.
- Playgroups with other moms and babies are helpful in staying connected with other moms going through the same transition. You can share stories, tips and build friendships. I found this extremely helpful to me after delivering my son at the peak of the pandemic. Through the pediatrician, there were new mom groups available, and it was one of my many sources of support.
- Going for a walk at the park, trail or even in the neighborhood is a great way to get some fresh air and vitamin D. Depending on how you delivered your baby, healing times and restrictions may vary. Just remember to go at your own pace and enjoy quality time with your baby and the scenery around you.
For a new mom, taking care of herself physically, mentally, and emotionally are important. The transition to motherhood and parenting is hard work! It is easier to enjoy your new baby and be a positive, loving parent when you feel good about yourself.
Hillary Aponte-Chimelis, LPC, PMH-C, R-PLC
H. Aponte-Chimelis Counseling
4641 Pottsville Pike, suite 101B
Reading, PA 19605