Michelle Duggar Shares Her Secret to Staying Sane With a New Baby

jim bob and michelle duggarNineteen kids and three grandkids later (and another one the way!), Michelle Duggar knows a thing or two about parenting. And with her growing brood, the Duggar matriarch and 19 Kids and Counting star took to her blog to respond to a fan question with her top tips for new moms and the brilliant advice she's giving her daughters as they reach their parenting milestones.


I always tell new mamas to cherish the moments that they have with the little one because the babies sleep a lot those first two to three months. They pretty much eat and sleep, and they're just not awake for a whole lot of time. Take lots of pictures and make a lot of sweet memories of that special time.

Very wise. Those first few months are all spent on the baby's schedule, so finding moments to share some special time is paramount.

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But her other advice is really what we're loving:

Also, take naps! Try to get a nap in when the baby takes a nap, especially while you’re breastfeeding the baby ... You need to catch up on laundry; you need to do some cleaning; you want to do some ironing -- whatever. But just take that break and sleep, even if it's just an hour while the baby is sleeping. Afterwards you’ll feel so much better and be ready to tackle the world.

Hear that, moms? Laundry can wait! And not just in houses where you've got 18 other kids to lend a hand with the dirty clothes. Every mom can afford to let it slide so that she can get some sleep.

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It's totally fine to ignore the housework for a bit (heck, even Michelle Duggar endorses that) and take some time to yourself. Take a break, snooze for that hour or two while the baby's napping, and re-energize. You may feel guilty, but look at it this way: your baby needs you right now, that laundry basket does not.

You'd be surprised how helpful a quick little siesta can be. And thank you, Michelle, for giving us a reason to indulge in one.

What is YOUR best tip for a new mom?

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