Getting Through the Newborn Days with my Favourite TV Box Sets

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Those newborn days are a hazy memory to me now, but I’m well aware that we’re staring down the barrel of them again. One of my most essential items for getting through it all was our Amazon Video / Netflix subscription, which give you access to a whole host of TV shows and films to get you through those long night-time feeds. Combine that with a top of the range Panasonic UHD 4K TV and you’re all set!

I find there are certain criteria that make something essential watching in the baby / breastfeeding days. You want something that doesn’t require too much brainpower – I distinctly remember watching House of Cards and not following it at all! TV shows are better than films as you may find you drop off during a film – plus you can get hooked and binge watch an entire season over the course of a night, which makes those bad nights a bit more bearable! Things you’ve watched before are also really good shouts, so if you doze off and miss an episode you don’t need to worry too much about what you’ve missed.

 

My Favourite Maternity Leave TV Box Sets

 

Parks and Recreation

It took me a little while to get into Parks and Recreation, but once I was in I was hooked! It’s the perfect baby brain watching – lightweight, funny, and not too taxing to follow. Set in the fictional town of Pawnee, Indiana, it follows Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler), a middle manager in the Parks department of the local council. Leslie’s enthusiastic approach to everything is constantly hampered by the ineptitude, stubborness and beauracratic approach of her colleagues. Expect silly situations, ridiculous characters, but with it’s heart firmly in the right place.

It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

This has to be one of the best series out there for lighthearted, silly, and frequently un-PC watching. Tracking the adventures of 4 friends who own and run a bar in Philadelphia, it’s a series that got sillier and sillier as it went on. This was a firm favourite first time round and I’m sure we’ll be digging it out again. Recommended for people with a slightly dark sense of humour who aren’t quick to take offence!

Friends

I can’t believe Friends is now 20 years old! There’s something comfortingly nostalgic about rewatching it though. When you’re up at 3am breastfeeding, there’s something comforting about watching something so familiar that you know every line before it’s uttered.

Better Call Saul

I loved Breaking Bad and I’m a huge fan of Better Call Saul too. I loved the first two seasons and I’m so excited to find that there’s a third out just in time to binge watch during the baby days! It’s just perfectly done – every shot looks like something from an Edward Hopper painting, and there are so many references back to everything that happened in Breaking Bad that it’s a must watch for me. If you’re a Breaking Bad fan who’s not discovered Better Call Saul yet, you’re in for a real treat!

Dexter

This was one I romped through last maternity leave! A blood splatter analyst working for the Miami Police, who’s a secret serial killer – but he only kills other serial killers, so that’s ok, right? I’d watched the first two seasons a few years back but rewatched during maternity leave and got hooked, watching all 6 seasons in fairly quick succession. If you’re a fan of crime drama with a bit of a dark comedy twist, this is one for you.

Gilmore Girls

I think I’m pretty late to the party on this one, but I’ll be giving it a go. I’m hoping that being lighthearted it’ll be something that doesn’t require too much brainpower from me. Probably not something that I’m ever going to convince my husband to watch with me, so that makes it perfect for the night shifts!

Mad Men

7 seasons worth of 50’s / 60’s drama set in a New York advertising agency. I love all the vintage fashion and makeup, the script writing is great, and it’s completely addictive. I got hooked on this and devoured seasons 1-4 before my maternity leave even started, and seasons 5-7 kept me going once Max arrived.

24

This doesn’t really fit my ‘easy brainless watching’ brief, but since I’d seen them all before I loved working through these last time around. Not so much during the early days where my brain was scrambled, but a bit later on when we encountered those growth spurt weeks and were stuck indoors feeding for most of the day, it was great to get hooked on these.

 

And for second time mums who have a pre-schooler to occupy…

I’m very conscious that maternity leave is going to be a whole lot different this time around! Last time I was in sole control of the TV, but now I have a 3 year old who has strong opinions on what he wants to watch (not to mention the fact that shows about serial killers probably aren’t appropriate viewing). Although we’ll no doubt read a lot of books and do lots of crafts, the reality is that breastfeeding means a lot of time camped out on the sofa, so I’m facing up to the reality that we’ll watch more TV than usual.

Thank goodness for Amazon Prime who know exactly what kids want! I predict I’ll be watching an awful lot of the following (all included with your Amazon Video subscription):

Paw Patrol: Seasons 1, 2 & 3

Ben & Holly: Seasons 1-10

Peppa Pig: Seasons 1-4

Bubble Guppies: Seasons 1 & 2

Fireman Sam: Seasons 1 & 2, and 6 & 7

 

What TV shows did you get hooked on during maternity leave? I’d love to hear your recommendations to add to my list.

 

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post with Panasonic – all words and opinions are my own.