Hello! My name is Heidy, and I am a blogger over at Into My Thoughts Blog. Today, I am guest writing for Shelly, which I’m super excited for this collaboration. ☺ So, today I will give three tips on balancing parenting with a newborn and keeping up with your blog.
Some of you may not know, but I am a new mom again to a baby boy. I gave birth in December, and I’ve been juggling taking care of my newborn, my eight-year-old daughter, blogging, and everything else that comes with being a mom. But I feel like I have a good handle on things. So I can share a few things that have helped me.
Set a Time to Write
This tip might be obvious, but with a newborn, that time to write might be different than what it was before. For example, this could be at three in the morning when your baby is sleeping, and you’re not too tired. I’ve done this. Or it could be when you are pumping for milk, I’ve done this too. Some content ideas have come to me at five in the morning while I feed my son. I’ll write them down in my notes on my phone, so I won’t forget later. But I usually set my time to write when my son is sleeping or if he’s awake – when he does not need anything. Right now, I am writing this blog post, and my son is in his swing sleeping. I know, people say when the baby sleeps, mama sleeps. But that’s not always the case for me.
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Schedule Your Posts
You were most likely already doing this before having a newborn because this tip is like blogging 101. But if you used to post three times per week, you might need to cut back on the scheduling to once a week. This all depends on how your newborn sleeps. Some babies don’t sleep at all because they are fussy all the time. And some babies are great sleepers. Just make sure that you don’t overwhelm yourself trying to keep up with the same schedule you had before your baby was here. I’ve seen bloggers take a break from posting content entirely once their baby is born to focus their energy solely on their baby, and that’s okay too. Do what works for you. Also, make sure that your posting goals are realistic. You can get back to publishing three times a week or more after a routine is established.
Ask For Help
Having a newborn is overwhelming in itself, and blogging is a full-time job, so my last tip is to ask for help when needed. This could be from your partner, a family member, a neighbor, a trusted friend, or hire help if you’re able to. But ask for help when it’s needed. Have them watch the baby for an hour or two so you can get some writing done. My example is that I had to conduct an interview for my YouTube channel, and I was feeding my son twenty minutes before it was scheduled. So I woke up my husband to finish feeding our son as I got ready for the interview.
Whether blogging is a hobby or your full-time job, it is time-consuming, and so is a newborn. So use these tips to help balance out your time so that you can do both. A bonus tip I will add is to be patient with yourself. Do not stretch yourself too thin.
Do you have any other tips to add? I would love to hear them!
Oh, by the way, make sure to check out Shelly’s post over on my blog.
Until next time!