5 Useful Tips for New Parents
You have successfully dealt with nine months of pregnancy, labour, and delivery. Finally, your bundle of joy is in your arms, and you’re all ready to go home. You had the guidance and assistance of knowledgeable staff members who easily dress your child in his baby boy clothes in the hospital. At home, you’re most likely on your own, and it’s all-new for you and your partner. If you have friends or relatives with parental experience, and are willing to assist, accept the help. Embrace and appreciate it. Here are five useful tips for new parents:
1. Create a Routine and Stick to It
Creating a routine for you and your child makes it easier for them to grow, knowing what to expect and when. Right from the first day, stick to an early bedtime and help your baby fall asleep independently. If you start her off by rocking her to sleep for the first few days, she’ll always require your assistance to doze off. Whatever routine you set, your baby will grow up getting used to it; hence, start a trend you are willing to continue in the long term.
2. Identify Your Support Team
With a little one, there are bound to be those sleepless nights of a sudden illness. Or you may require a reliable baby sitter to entrust your little one for emergency runs or meetings. Or you may be feeling overwhelmed and need a crew to vent. Create a support system of people who will drop what they are doing and be there for you when you need them. People who will advise when you ask for it and keep their opinions to themselves when you don’t ask for them.
3. Let Your Partner Take Over
Childbirth can be overwhelming, especially the first few weeks, when you are still recuperating as a new mother. You need as much rest as you can get to avoid exuding negative energy to the baby as you breastfeed and care for him. Let your partner take over with the chores like cooking, cleaning, and laundry. Avoid pushing yourself too hard as it may affect your healing process. Fatigue can also make you grumpy and irritable. Neither your partner nor your baby will benefit from you in that state.
4. Trust Your Instincts
You may not necessarily be in a position to diagnose what your baby may be ailing from when they get all cranky and wailing. However, if your gut tells you that you need to seek medical counsel, do so. It may be the best decision you ever made.
5. Be Without a Ceiling
Having a baby doesn’t mean you are imprisoned. While you may be tied down for a couple of weeks, you and your baby both need to be without a ceiling for at least half an hour every day. Adorn your child in his baby boy clothes and go out into the fresh air and some early morning gentle sunlight. The change of scenery will remind you that you are still a part of the outside world, and the sunlight is a good source of Vitamin D for your little one.