Are you a new parent? Congratulations! You’ve just added a bundle of joy to your world! It’s a crazy, exciting, daunting, and scary time but it’s one of the best things that will ever happen to you.
First-time parents can feel overwhelmed with the information and advice available to them online, so we’re here to try and make things a little easier for you.
Keep reading as we look into 7 essential tips for parents to help you as you start off on this amazing journey of parenthood!
Don’t Pressurize Yourself to Get It Right
If you follow some celebrity parents on social media, it might look like everything is perfect. The reality is, social media is the highlight reel of life.
As a first-time parent, you’ll get stuff wrong. That’s alright! It’s part of the process of learning, and the sooner you accept this, the sooner you can start to grow!
Sleep When Your Baby Sleeps
This is probably the most important advice you’ll get: do not feel guilty for sleeping!
A baby has crazy sleep patterns. They might sleep for 4 hours at a time through the day and then be awake all night. Take your chances to sleep while they do, and enjoy the cuddles!
You know all the cliches that parents of grown-up kids say; “blink and you’ll miss it”, “the years just disappear”. Thing is, it’s true. Before you know it you’ll be waving your eldest off on their first day of school.
Don’t be ashamed of taking hundreds of photos! You’ll be grateful for them later on.
Don’t Tiptoe Around
As a new parent, you’ll feel the urge to be completely silent while your baby is sleeping. If you do this, you might be setting yourself up for trouble further down the line.
The quicker you can get your baby used to normal noise levels in the home, the better chance you’ll have of getting a good sleeper.
Use Your Instinct
Parental instinct is a thing. If your child is unwell and you have an instinctual feeling that something serious might be wrong, don’t hesitate to take them to see a doctor.
Get yourself clued up on what to look for in seriously ill children. It’ll help you identify if this is the case, but will also help you not to worry when it’s just a cough or cold.
Ignore the Negative Comments
Experienced parents will always have an opinion on how best to raise a child, but it’s all based on their own experiences (good and bad).
Listen to the parenting advice of people you love and trust, but try to block out the people who complain or speak negativity over the journey of parenthood.
Make the Most of Fresh Air
Going out for a walk is amazing for your physical and mental health. Babies sleep well in buggies, so make the most of the opportunity to get out for walks.
You’ll find it therapeutic, as well as a good opportunity to take a break from the four walls of your home.
Remember your extra large diaper bag backpack for those long walks, you’ll need it!
First Time Parents: You Are Amazing!
First-time parents give themselves a hard time, but the reality is that taking care of a newborn is like starting a new profession with no prior experience!
You learn on the job, you make mistakes, and you learn some more. It’s an amazing journey and you can do it!
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