5 Hacks to Look Put Together as a New Mom
Now that you’re a new mom—and the honeymoon phase of baby haze has worn off—you’re probably struggling with the challenge of how to find time for yourself amidst all of the feedings, bottle washings, diaper changes, more feeding, and overall lack of sleeping you’ve been preoccupied with. And by “time to yourself,” we’re not talking anything crazy elaborate like a spa day (as if). No, when you’re a new mom, sometimes just finding time to brush your teeth in the morning seems impossible, let alone doing your hair and putting on actual clothing you haven’t slept in recently. And the kicker is no one actually expects you to look like anything but a hot mess right after you have a baby—which would be fine if it weren’t for the fact it’s the one thing you feel you really need to get back to normal. Like STAT.
Becoming a new mom just might be one of the hardest things you’ll ever do, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice everything that makes you feel like yourself in order to survive it. Check out a few hacks you can implement in your daily life to look put together as a new mom, even if you don’t feel like it. Yet!
5 Hacks to Look Put Together as a New Mom
Cute Can Be Comfortable
Every birth journey is different. Depending on how “easy” or “challenging” yours might have been, every woman should plan for a recovery period after having a baby. Sometimes your recovery period restricts the type of clothes you can wear and suddenly dressing for comfort and necessity has never been so important. For your first few months as a new mom, you might find it helpful to wear something with a lot of stretch and flexibility like yoga pants or leggings. Fortunately, these pair great with colorful tunic blouses, long sweaters, and dresses, and, thanks to the whole athleisure lifestyle, wearing leggings with a cute top and fun shoes is one look everyone can get on board with. Finish your trendy look with a pair of cute yet comfy flats and a fun handbag, and you’ll be the coolest looking mom on the playground in no time.
Bad Hair Day Be Gone
Don’t worry, we’re not going to tell you to find time to shower before the baby wakes up—if she even slept through the night to begin with. As a new mom, you need every minute of sleep you can get, which is why you shouldn’t stress about leaving the house with bed head.
Make things a little easier on yourself and keep a spray bottle filled with water next to your hair products. If showering isn’t on the morning agenda, simply give your head a spritz and style your hair as you would if you just stepped out of the shower—only quicker and without steaming up the mirror.
If you’re really feeling fancy, you can style your hair into a high bun or tight ponytail—two new mom hair hacks that work well with wet hair and tend to stay put throughout most of the day. And if all else fails, distract from frizz and fly-aways by incorporating some sassy headwear into your look like a wide-brimmed hat or stylish silk scarf you can tie around a messy ponytail for a flirty fun look everyone will admire.
Lean on Accessories
Sure, your biggest accessory these days may be that baby literally attached to your body, but that doesn’t mean you need to forgo your love of outfit completers. If you enjoyed wearing fun and flashy accessories pre-kids, there’s no reason you need to give it all up now that you’re a mom. Finding cute accessories to elevate your everyday look is a great way to look put together while also feeling more like your old self again. Instead of wearing long necklaces or oversized earrings that can get pulled and grabbed (and consequently broken) by tiny hands, opt for statement pieces like stylish handbags, elegant headbands, attention-grabbing belts, or cool shades to pull your overall look together instead. You’ll love how easy these new mom hacks are at helping you step up your style without the possibility of losing an earlobe.
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A Little Dab of Makeup Will Do Ya
No need to pull out the foundation and eyelash curler when you’re just hanging with the babe most of the day. A little bit of tinted moisturizer and a quality waterproof mascara will go a long way in making you feel like a lady again. If you’re looking to add a little bit of color to your cheeks, try a light liquid blush or a couldn’t be easier 3-in-1 makeup stick. The less-is-more makeup look may not be exactly what you’re used to when it comes to “putting your face on” for the day, but you’ll definitely appreciate that precious extra time you save in the morning.
Fall Back on Your “Mom Uniform”
Working around a newborn’s schedule is tough, especially if your window to leave the house is a small one. Don’t waste valuable time stressing about what to wear. Instead, find a few pieces you love to wear and that go well with most of what you own for a quick, stylish, and reliable outfit you feel good in. A long cardigan instantly dresses up your basic T-shirt and jeans look. You can easily pair a comfy, chunky sweater with leggings or jeans alike for a fun afternoon out with friends. Having a couple of go-to wardrobe pieces at the ready will definitely go a long way in making you feel like the strong, stylish woman you are.
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To Wrap It Up
Being a new mom is hard, no question about it. Cut yourself some slack and remember to treat yourself with the same care and kindness you’re giving to that beautiful baby day in and day out. Because the truth is, this too shall pass and you’ll wonder how it all happened so fast. And, in the meantime, if you need to take a few shortcuts to get back to your old self, go ahead and take full advantage of these hacks (and any others you read about!). Because looking put together is just the first step to really feeling like you got this. (Spoiler alert: You do.)