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Parents: how to survive ‘baby brain’

Parents: how to survive 'baby brain'

Despite what recent medical surveys tell us, I still think ‘baby brain’ is a real thing. (Surely I’m not the only one to entirely forget where I was driving to, wear my pants inside out or let the birthdays of my nearest and dearest completely pass me by.) So whether you're a first time parent, or a seasoned sleeplessness survivor, here are five top tips to help survive baby brain.

  1. Get out & about
  2. You may feel like your eyes are full of sand and your feet are full of lead, but try to get out every day with your little bundle of joy. Search for local parent and baby clubs, join a local Facebook parents group and head to your local community centre, Children's Centre or even soft play to find solace and share stories with other poor sleepless souls.

  3. Get active
  4. You may feel like running around a field is the last thing on your mind right now, but apparently it can really help to combat fatigue. Search for buggy exercise classes or even join a local gym with a crèche. If you don't fancy cardio there are all sorts of fun activities and classes you can do with your little one - such as baby yoga, pilates for little people and swimming. If you don't have much money to spend then grab some friends and start your own buggy exercise session power walking with the pushchairs!

  5. Find a new hobby
  6. You may feel like your entire life is consumed with nappies and night feeds, but there are a surprising number of activities you can take up with a little one in tow. See the latest releases during baby cinema showings, try baby massage or join a local wildlife or photography club. Local groups are a great way of making new friends and it's good to get your baby used to social situations.

  7. Keep your mind active
  8. If you're a working parent, or even if you're not, you may find the post-natal period a world away from your previous life. Don't fret, it will all go back to a ‘new normal’, but try to embrace this time with your precious new person. Mastering multi-tasking is the key to keeping some adult time in your day. When they nap, or if you're lucky enough to have help from friends and family, why not take some paid surveys and earn a reward when you can? Opinion Outpost and others paid survey sites, such as What Would Mums Say, all need your valid opinions on everything from high chairs to hotels! You could earn a little extra money, or earn vouchers to spend on baby bits (or even something for yourself).

  9. Give yourself a break
  10. You may feel like you need to clean the house from top to toe, maintain the garden, do the DIY and raise a wonderful human all at the same time - but the truth is you cannot do everything. Learn to embrace a little bit of dust, and leave the mowing ‘till the weekend. Spending quality time with the littlest member of the family is the most important thing - after all, they don't care if you haven't done last night's washing up. Make lists of what you want to do then prioritise just the most important things. Try to build in rest breaks, and if you are feeling particularly tired it is OK to postpone that coffee date.

Have you got any top tips to avoid baby brain? Learned anything new as a new parent? We’d love to hear from you! Join the discussion on Facebook, and don’t forget to have your say in our latest paid surveys at Opinion Outpost UK!

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