A Guide to the Bullet Journal for New Moms

I am here to tell you about something I wish I had discovered before I was pregnant:

The Bullet Journal for New Moms.

The bullet journal has changed my life. Since pregnancy, and even before quite frankly, I have had trouble with my memory. I am a hot mess when it comes to keeping everything straight between work, baby, family and now I added in this website…I’ve got a lot on my plate.

Scales
Trying to get that work-life balance thing going.

For a while, I was using Wunderlist, but with limited success. I couldn’t get it to work for my home life as well as my work life, and even though I would type things, my memory relies on actually writing things down. Otherwise, the tidbits of information drown in the waves of responsibility crashing down each day.

I thought a planner might be the key to resolving my goldfish memory. But, it turns out I am one of those people that tend to buy pretty planners, keep them religiously for about a week, and then they are useless to me. I can’t keep up with them and end up wasting resources.

I really started to get into researching a solution, but I couldn’t find anything that fit exactly what I needed. It was all either too structured or not enough space to write.

Then, one day in September, I came across a thread talking about bullet journals, and I was immediately intrigued.
Bullet journal for new moms
So much potential!

A lot of people were talking about how these journals had changed their lives. I had to find out how! I went to the original Bullet Journal website and took copious notes and watched all of the videos. Then, I went on various websites looking at different spreads and methods, trying to figure out what would work best for me.

The hardest part was beginning. Not wanting to wind up wasting another notebook to a fruitless project, I decided to take one of my work notebooks and convert it into a bullet journal. I quickly realized that this structure was a perfect fit for me.

If there is one thing that I like more than writing, it is list making.
To do list
Nothing like a check mark on a to do list!

Lists help me keep my thoughts organized and they are easy to sort through. I love making to-do lists and the feeling of crossing things out as they get done. It makes me feel so productive and gives a real sense of accomplishment in my day when I look back and see all the items marked off.

Wunderlist was really great for that, especially the lovely little “ding” noise everytime you marked something off. But, while it worked well for work (since I am stuck in front of a computer all day) as I mentioned, as soon as I disconnected, the application, even with reminders, lost its usefulness.

On the other hand, my bullet journal is great! It is large enough to write comfortably, but small enough to fit in my backpack and most purses. So, I take it everywhere! Anytime there is something I want to remember, I whip it out and write it down in my daily spread. Whether I am at home, work, the doctor’s office, daycare, or just in the street, I have all of my information with me.

If I need to reference something, I just take out my notebook, and the first page is an Index. The idea is that as you go about creating pages, you add each page to your index for a quick reference in the case you need to find something. No more scrounging around looking for where you wrote something. You have everything you need right at hand!

Now, because I love this thing so much, I want to encourage the bullet journal for new moms everywhere! Give it a chance and try it out for couple of months. If you are like me, or maybe a bit more put together, your crazy busy life will benefit from this.

A Guide to the Bullet Journal for New Moms

1. Don’t get overwhelmed

If the first thing you do is look on Instagram for examples of bullet journals, unless you are an inherently artsy person, you may get overwhelmed. There are a lot of incredibly talented people that create amazing spreads.

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However, that is not necessary to create a functioning bullet journal!

2. Start simple

The original bullet journal site has an extremely minimalistic approach. Start there. If you want to add art and fancy things, you can do so later. What you want to begin with is something simple and functional. Watch this video for a guide to set up your first bullet journal.

3. Write down EVERYTHING

If you are in doubt, write it down! Don’t question whether or not it belongs in your journal. The point of the bullet journal for new moms is to track everything in your life and keep it all in one place. If you have pregnancy/new mom brain, use this tool to write down everything as soon as you think of it. You will thank yourself later.

4. After a month, go back and see what you can improve.

The best thing about bullet journals is that there are no rules. There is no “messing up”. Next time, you just do something different and move on! You want to skip a week? Go for it! You don’t need to feel guilty about having a planner with blank dates! Just pick up where you left off or flip to a new spread. See what works for you and what doesn’t. Everyone needs different things at different times, so make your journal your own.

5. Get some pretty pens, but keep the notebook simple at first

Now, I know I said there is no messing up, but let’s be real. No one wants to doodle around in a $20 notebook without knowing what they’re doing. Just use a simple notebook to begin with. I typically like the ones that have graph paper rather than lines. Many people like the dotted journals that are especially for bullet journaling, but you do you.


What you can do to make your bullet journal experience awesome is get some pretty pens! Whether or not you decide to continue with your bullet journal, pens can be used anytime, anywhere, so those are worth more of an investment.


Plus, it makes you feel fancy while you write.

Finally, I want to share some of my favorite bullet journal instagrams that I use for inspiration (and for drooling over their pretty handwriting)

Blushed Bujo
Boho Berry
Little Coffee Fox
Page Flutter
Tiny Ray of Sunshine

You can also follow me on Instagram or Twitter, as I am starting to upload some pages there from my 2018 bullet journal. I am not nearly as professional as the others, but it could help inspire your spreads/collections.

Please let me know if you think these tips about the bullet journal for new moms are helpful, and I really hope that you try it out! Leave a comment below, or send me a tweet or an email. I love to hear from our readers!

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Caitlin is the managing director of Snuggleosophy and the mother of 1-1/2 year old Amanda. She has lived as an expat in Santiago, Chile for the past 7 years and speaks English and Spanish fluently. She loves to promote reading for children starting from birth as well as multilingual and multicultural parenting. For her day job, she is a pricing and transportation analyst for international freight.

11 comments

  1. Great Tips! I really want to start a bullet journal, but I become quickly overwhelmed when I looked up some examples on Instagram. I’m going to take you tips on starting simple and using a simple notebook and try it again!

  2. I am fairly artsy but the time that it takes for me to create something that I am proud of keeps me from bullet journaling. I’m naturally a perfectionist and I can just see myself tearing out a page and starting over if the line isn’t straight enough, lol. Perhaps I can start simple and use it just for to do lists. That might be a start. Thank you for your encouragement.

  3. I’m not a new mum but am thinking of trying Bullet journaling in an effort to get more organised.
    Our family is a very busy one & keeping track of everyone is hard sometimes.
    Thanks for the tips.

    1. It has absolutely helped me! I work in international logistics and have quotes going from all around the world! If it helps me keep track of that, imagine what it would do for your family 🙂

  4. Those are great tips , lately I have been looking out for ideas on Instagram for bullet journaling and to be true I have planned to start of in a very simple manner. Your tips were of great use.

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