Most new moms are overwhelmed by all of the things that they have to do in a day. There are feedings and diaper changes, as well as all that housework. There is barely enough time to take a shower in a day, let alone get a few minutes for yourself. However, “me time” is very important—enough that you need to find a way to squeeze it into your routine.

Here are eight reasons that new moms need  “me time.”

1. It feels good to get away once in a while.

Every mom needs to get away from their baby. They need time to think and relax, not worrying constantly about every little thing. It can be really refreshing to just enjoy yourself even if you just take a walk around the block.

2. “Me time” will give you time to take care of yourself.

It is important to make sure that you are eating healthy and exercising enough so that you are able to take care of your family. Relaxing is also necessary for good health. You need to be mentally capable of taking care of your baby.

3. If your relatives are able to watch your baby, this gives them time to develop a bond.

It is important for grandparents, aunts, uncles, and other relatives to be able to spend quality time with the baby. Asking them to watch the baby for an hour or so here and there will only delight them.

4. If you have to hire a babysitter, remember it’s healthy for your baby to have relationships with other adults they can trust.

As your baby grows, he or she is going to have to get along with plenty of adults. Adult time as a child helps them learn to interact with other adults, making transitions to daycare and school a little easier.

5. “Me time” allows you to recharge your batteries.

After some time away, you will come back to mothering refreshed and ready to take care of your baby again. Things that bothered you a few hours ago may seem insignificant.

6. Being away from your baby will make you miss him or her.

Missing your baby is a good thing! Most moms struggle with missing their children, which only makes them want to hurry back home. After time apart, you may long for some special time together so you will make sure that you have plenty of quality time together.

7. By spending time with other adults, your baby will grow up learning about different opinions.

You are going to want your child to learn how to think for him or herself. As your child grows, he or she will learn to be well-rounded and well-adjusted.

8. Though it is not “me time,” date nights are also important to help you reconnect with your partner.

Life as a parent is very difficult. Not having any time to relax and connect can make the parenting journey very lonely and frustrating.

Though it can be really hard to find time, “me time” is really important for moms. If your friends and relatives are able to watch your baby, not only will you get a break, it will also give them time to spend with your baby. It may also help the transition to daycare or school a little easier because he or she will be used to more than one person.

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However, “me time” is mainly for you. It gives you a break and some time away. You might be surprised to find that, no matter how badly you wanted a quiet house, you might feel lost without your little one—you’d be amazed how much you miss him or her the second they’re away!

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