6 Tips for Every New Parent
What every parent should know when having their first kid
Parenting can often be described as one of the greatest joys in life, and the ability to help support and grow life is often a wonderful experience. The beauty of life can leave many awestruck, however, becoming a new parent can also be a daunting experience and leave many worried. Don’t fret, many people before you have successfully transitioned to parenthood, and with these 6 tips, it may lessen some of the anxiety and stress you feel.
1. Babies Do Change Everything
It is important to remember that children are another life that you will be raising. This little human being, no matter how small can rock your sense of normalcy. Before the baby comes, consider taking some time for yourself and if you have one, your partner. Parenthood can be a wonderful experience for many, but expecting a newborn child to fit into your existing schedule can often be a bit unrealistic. Consider ways and moments to enjoy the time before the baby arrives, so that you can be more present upon their arrival.
2. Connection With Your Partner is Still Important
Raising a newborn child can be an added responsibility that takes up a great deal of your time, but finding time to invest in your relationship with your significant other can be more important now than ever. For those who have partners in life, it can be an added challenge to find time for anything other than the baby. While finding the time can be challenging, a few strategies could be asking a trusted family member, hiring a reliable and trustworthy babysitter, or developing a relationship with another family to alternate babysitting each other’s children. By establishing a time to reconnect and spend time with the ones you care, it can offer more support to your child as you continue to foster and grow your relationships.
3. Resources and Celebrate Milestones
Babies grow and develop at a rapid pace, and it can be challenging to keep track of all of the milestones that they are expected to hit. As a new parent, it can be intimidating to keep up with all of these pivotal moments, however, between pediatricians and online sources, like Emma’s diary baby milestones guide there are plenty of resources available to help keep track of your baby’s progress. Considering how quickly they develop, take time to celebrate and enjoy these wonderful transitions and moments of growth for your child.
4. It Takes a Village
Raising children can be a challenge, for any parent. As you prepare for your next chapter with your newborn, consider the support networks that you have available to you. Whether that includes family members, babysitters or nannies, friends, etc., it can be extremely important to ensure that you have support during this next adventure.
5. Sensible Standards and Manageable Goals
In the days of Instagram and Facebook, we can often be bombarded by curated lives that from outsider’s perspective are seemingly perfect. The idea that we have flawlessly coiffed hair, the ability and time to stay healthy and fit and excel at work all while introducing this new human being who is wholly dependent can be overwhelming and a bit unrealistic. Consider setting manageable goals for yourself and being flexible and open to what life has in store as you prepare for your new phase.
6. Decisions Are Yours To Make
With parenthood can come a barrage of advice, ideas and guidance from those around you. Advice for new parents can often be helpful, and while often incredibly well-intentioned, it can also sometimes feel overwhelming. To help avoid some of the anxiety that can come with unsolicited help, be polite and kind, but it is okay to consider ignoring any unnecessary counsel.
Parenting can be an amazing and wondrous experience, however, it can also be anxiety-provoking one. Remember that no parent is ever perfect and you will do your best to ensure a wonderful life for your child, so consider being kind to yourself as you navigate this next and marvelous chapter.