When you’re a new mum you’re likely to be too tired to take care of your hair, your skin, or your wardrobe. The good news is that most people understand that and that your baby is likely to deflect at least a little of the attention off you, but you still want to look good! You need to adapt your clothing and makeup so that you can do that while still saving time.
When it comes to clothing, the good news is that you won’t have to spend a fortune to look good and that you don’t have to spend hours getting dressed either. For the first month or so, the same maternity clothes you wore early on in your pregnancy should do, and after that you can build a wardrobe around a few simple staples that work with everything and that make breastfeeding easy.
Skirts, pants, shorts and other clothes with elasticized waistbands and drawstrings are another good choice, as they accommodate your post baby tummy comfortably. Slightly looser t-shirts, camisoles and loose dresses are other good clothing choices for new mums. Whatever you do choose though, look for clothes in easy to care for fabrics and avoid silk, rayon or fabrics that have to be dry cleaned. You’re likely to get very messy while your baby is small, so you want to be able to clean your clothes easily at home.
When it comes to makeup, you can forget the half an hour you used to spend in front of the mirror. These days you’ll be lucky if you can find five. Simplify your makeup routine by using tinted moisturiser with an SPF instead of foundation, add a peach toned blusher to liven up tired skin (something all new mums have in common) and add mascara and gloss or lipstick in a natural shade.
For hair, the best thing new mums can do is to pay a visit to a hair dresser and get a low maintenance cut. You won’t have time for straightening, blow drying and all the other things you used to do, so work with the texture of your hair. Get a hair serum or styling cream to keep your hair in check and invest in hair accessories that are pretty and easy to use. A ponytail is a chic and easy hairstyle that’s brilliant for new mums.
Finally, if you don’t have time to wash your hair, try using dry shampoo. It’ll absorb grease and you’ll get away with unwashed hair for another day.