How To Survive and THRIVE Through Your Baby’s Witching Hour
Hey there, gorgeous Momma!
Today we’re talking all about the dreaded witching hour! Have you heard of it? Sounds pretty spooky, right?! Maybe you haven’t called it the witching hour, but if you’ve had a baby you’ve probably experienced those loooong, fussy evenings. And girl… we’ve all been there!
Usually the witching hour falls around 6-10pm and peaks when your baby is 4-6 weeks old; then begins to calm down around 8 weeks (praise!!!). From personal experience with Brody man, I know it can be R O U G H, so today I want to share some of my most practical tips to help you ROCK your baby’s witching hour!
This might be the most important tip here. Why? Sometimes there’s just nothing you can do about a fussy baby. BUT, you can set yourself up for success! Don’t plan on making dinner, showering, and doing laundry in the evenings. Instead, prepare throughout the day for the evening hours that might lead to you holding a baby all night. Make dinner, fill up your water bottle, and get your sacred self care in BEFORE the clock strikes witching hour!
2. If you’re breastfeeding, nurse on demand
This is a tip for you nursing mama’s out there. If you’ve got baby on a feeding schedule, this might be the time to consider easing up a bit. Your supply is naturally lower in the evenings so your sweetie might want to nurse more than usual. Don’t feel guilty for allowing your baby to nurse extra on fussy evening! Throw on a nursing tank and gear up, sister! My FAVORITE tanks are from Kindred Bravely!
3. Low stimulation
After a long, hard day of baby-ing, your precious babe might be over stimulated. Some tell tale signs that your cutie pie is over stimulated are hiccuping, sneezing, and avoiding eye contact. So, turn down the lights and volume and create a low stimulation environment.
If you follow me over on Instagram, you know from my stories that I LOOOVE wearing Brody! Babies adore feeling that snuggly closeness. Bonus: it frees up your hands and arms so that you can cook, clean, or relax!
5. Keep your mind RIGHT!
No one likes listening to a crying baby!!! It is VITAL to keep on your mental game during the witching hour. You are NOT a failure. You are a great mom! Girl, YOU GOT THIS!!! Don’t be afraid to reach out to your momma tribe and ask for encouragement. If you are looking to connect with fellow mommas, join our private Facebook group here!
6. Ask for help
I’ll say it again for the people in the back: ASK FOR HELP! Momma, no one else knows how you’re TRULY doing besides you! If the witching hour is making it impossible to feed yourself, your family… Ask for help! If you need your hubby to get you food, water, a shoulder rub… ASK!
Mommin’ has it’s tough moments and the witching hour can be one of them! We want to support you on your postpartum journey! Hop on over to learn more about our Blossom After Baby postpartum plan HERE!
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