As a new parent, time is not on your side. You wake up to a crying baby, care for their needs, and spend the remainder of your day snuggling your baby, stroking their chubby cheeks and soft arms. Rinse and repeat. That's it. But what to do once they’re asleep? I mean, you’ve been doing the same thing every four hours (give or take), so what do you do with all this freedom? Personally, I say you just pick from the list of things new parents do when their baby fall asleep if you're lacking ideas, because while every parent and every baby is different, us parents can all relate to that, "Well, now what?" feeling you experience after your baby finally snoozes.
In retrospect, I wish I’d kept a list of things I had to do on my phone back when I was a new parent. Now that I’m mother to a toddler and working from home, that list exists, and it definitely helps keep me organized. These days, my list involves getting the kiddo ready for preschool, downing something resembling breakfast, and immediately getting to work writing articles like, well, this one. In between that, I do a short workout video, take a shower, and maybe even eat lunch while watching a TV show.
However, back when I was a brand new mom my main To Do was just shower. That was it, and usually that shower came at the end of the day when I actually had a few moments to myself. So, what else was I doing as a new mom while my little one snoozed? Here's just a few: