It's nothing new or unusual for a new mum to be in the position of running late and yet there is still so much to be done. The clock is ticking down incessantly and you feel helpless and unable to do anything about it. Well here are a few ideas you can put in place that will allow you to do something about it.
If you have some idea of your schedule for the following day prepare yourself the night before when hopefully baby is asleep or you at least have some help on hand. Organize the little ones travel bag with everything you might need (except food and drinks) including diapers, a change of clothes and medication. Gather together any food and drinks needed and put them in the refrigerator ready for collection in the morning. This will give you a good head start on the day.
Make lists lists and more lists; writing everything down will really help you organize, and more to the point could stop an important item from being forgotten altogether. It may seem like a waste of time, but if it saves the inevitable panic you would be in if you forgot a babies bottle for example, it's time well spent.
If you are going on a trip of some kind decide when you will want to leave and then decide how much time you will need to get the car packed with all necessities - including the baby. Then give yourself at least a half hour just to get baby ready for the trip, as there will inevitably be a diaper change or some other messy disaster to contend with. This should help ensure a fairly organized and relaxing start to the day.
Just as important as getting your little one organized is getting yourself organized. Lay out your clothes and accessories the night before and get any necessary ironing done at the same time. This will help your own preparations be done on time and without panic. It will also give you more time for hair and make-up etc. You might even have time for breakfast, wouldn't that be nice ?
If you can put all of the above in place you will find that for once there really is enough time in the day, and maybe even enough time for little things to go wrong. The more preparation you can get done, and the earlier you can do it, the better your day will be. Then in turn you will be as relaxed as possible and that alone will make a big difference to all concerned.