Becoming a new parent is a wonderful thing, but that doesn鈥檛 mean it鈥檚 an easy process. Those first few days, weeks, even months of motherhood can really weigh on a person. There鈥檚 sleep deprivation and the fact that you鈥檙e going from being catered to in your pregnancy to having to cater to this new, tiny human 24/7. Don鈥檛 fret, though, as help is available. Much like you would at a regular job, it鈥檚 important to delegate what you can to others in your life. And for those who are able to, this is the kind of team you鈥檇 want to hire to make motherhood a heck of a lot sweeter.

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1. A Reliable Babysitter (Or Nanny): Undoubtedly, you will need help caring for your baby at some time or other. If you have a partner or other co-parent, you might not need it quite as soon, but it鈥檚 well worth it. You will eventually want some time to yourself. You might decide to work outside the home, or you may need someone to help with the baby during appointments. You and your significant other might appreciate the occasional date night. And having help when you鈥檙e sick is a godsend once you鈥檙e a mother. A good, reliable sitter can be a challenge to find at first, but once you do, do your best to keep them around.

2. A Regular Housekeeper: There isn鈥檛 all that much time left over for cleaning house when you鈥檙e spending your days feeding, burping, and changing a baby. You鈥檒l do your best, but even those who subscribe to a minimalist or full-on Kon-Mari lifestyle will falter in early parenthood. It doesn鈥檛 even get that much easier with time (toddlers and preschoolers are notorious for trashing a room rockstar-style in minutes). Hire someone to come by once a week (or even just once a month) to help you deep-clean and tidy up your home. This will be well worth it when you鈥檝e lost your keys for the 103409th time or can鈥檛 find the baby鈥檚 thermometer under the piles of junk.

3. An Amazing OB/GYN: Okay, so you should have already hired this person prior to giving birth. Regardless, it鈥檚 important to have a qualified, kind medical caregiver postpartum. You will want someone to give you proper care at your six-week check-up to make sure everything is healing properly. You鈥檒l also want someone who is wise enough to ask you how you鈥檙e doing physically and emotionally (as postpartum depression and postpartum anxiety are real and can become dangerous if left untreated).

4. A Lactation Consultant: For mamas who want to breastfeed and have trouble, hiring a lactation consultant (LC) can be an incredible and powerful move. LCs are specially trained in assisting new moms to breastfeed by troubleshooting all potential problems and offering lots of support. LCs can often bring up issues a mom might not think of (such as a lip or tongue tie), teach the mom different holding methods (in case the baby prefers certain positions) and, of course, give mom kind words and a friendly ear so they feel more at ease.

5. A Receptive Pediatrician Your Child Loves: You鈥檙e going to want the best pediatrician possible to oversee your child鈥檚 healthcare. You want someone who is really good with children and makes visits easy and enjoyable. You want someone who listens to your concerns and doesn鈥檛 just see you both as another number. You want someone who connects with your child. You want someone who is big on consent (many doctors will proceed to poke and prod a child without making sure it鈥檚 okay).

6. A Badass Massage Therapist: New moms, you will all thank us for this later. We know we don鈥檛 all have the time or extra cash lying around for massages. Hear us out, though. You can often find solid deals on places like Groupon, and even if you can鈥檛, some massage offices have membership and loyalty programs so you can save on your services. No matter if you鈥檝e just had a baby or if you鈥檙e on your third 鈥 every mom can use a good massage.

7. A Quality Dry Cleaner: Laundry sucks when you鈥檙e a parent. Suddenly you have two or three times the amount of laundry you once had. Babies constantly spit up or poop-splode all over the cutest outfits (and it鈥檚 not just on their own clothes 鈥 they often target yours too). We advise that you keep your cutest of clothing options away from your baby, but overall, you鈥檙e going to want a good laundry service nearby. Some places allow you to drop off bags of laundry that you can pick up later. And if you鈥檙e doing the cloth diapering thing, there are also mobile cloth diaper services that are essentially the same thing (they pick up your soiled rags, wash 鈥檈m up, and bring 鈥檈m back).

Who else do you think would make a good addition to your motherhood 鈥渢eam鈥? Let us know with a Tweet @BritandCo!

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