My babe is only 7 months old & already I feel so blessed to have been given another lil one 🙂
Another wee child to raise up & teach His ways.
To care for.
I had never homeschooled with a newborn/baby before…
And it has been overall a pretty good experience, yet with it’s own set of unique challenges.
If you’re in the throes of homeschooling, and have a newborn…or are simply expecting, then this post is for you!!!
Here are my Personal TOP Five Tips For Sanity Homeschooling With A Babe:
Be Prepared! For me, that means having baby food on hand for snack time, sippy cup ready to go, basket of ‘teething toys’ in living room (school area) and all the accessories for babe within arm’s reach. I don’t want to waste too much time fussing all over the house trying to get baby gear when school is under way. I aim to aim to keep our diaper bag stocked full for when we go out. Saves me from more stressful ‘moments’ than life already has a tendency to bring.
Have a Tentative, yet Flexible Schedule! I have our big snuggle & first nursing time before I even get out of bed. Then babe has her morning rest & gets up later for some play time with siblings and snack. The larger nap time is also imperative (whether we’re home or out) so that I can get some other much needed stuff done PLUS good rest times keep baby happy 🙂
Encourage Siblings to Enjoy their lil Baby Sister or Brother; BUT Don’t Allow Babe To Become The Whole Day’s Entertainment! This one is super hard for me…on one hand, I love to see the older ones playing with lil babe. Yet, I know if I allow it, they will play the morning away and miss their work. Some play time is allowed, but we do have to get some schooling done to meet our day’s tentative goals.
Don’t be afraid to take help! When baby was a newborn I gladly accepted meals, and offers to come & visit. As babe has grown, I do let others hold her when we go out. I try to keep Daddy as involved as he can possibly be, with his busy work schedule. He often will watch baby & the littles if an important appointment comes up. I used to try and take all five of my kids shopping, but we realized this has to be reserved for ‘necessary’ trips only. For my sanity, Daddy does most of the groceries & other shopping trips.
Ensure you have enough sleep, good nutrition, and exercise! Having another baby is hard enough on our bodies, but as a holistic nutritionist I realize how draining this literally is for your body’s stores. So re-building yourself back up: with proper rest (as much as you can!), eating well-balanced meals (supplementing where gaps are), and attempting to keep as active as possible, will ensure a much better recovery long-term. Especially if you’re nursing!
Do you have any tips for homeschooling with a newborn? If so, please share!!