Having your first baby is going to turn your whole life upside down. As new parents, your daily routine, plans, and priorities will change. While accommodating to your lifestyle, don’t ever forget that both you and your infant are new to this.
Want to get used to being a parent faster? Here are some top tips new parents should learn before the birth of their little one.
Don’t Ignore Your Own Needs
After your baby is born, your life no longer revolves around you. Parent life is demanding. It’s so selfless, in fact, that many parents think they no longer can take care of their own needs.
Yet, you should still find time and take care of yourself first. Before every feeding, find something to watch or read, pour a glass of water, and go to the bathroom. Whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle feeding, make the process as comfortable as possible.
Don’t forget to nap and spend time alone for at least 10 minutes every day. Ask your partner and family members for help whenever you need time for yourself. There’s no shame in putting yourself first.
Help Your Baby Get Used To A Bottle Early
In case you’re planning to bottle feed your baby at some point, start early. Most professionals say that you can help your little one get used to it after breastfeeding is established. After three months, though, it can be too late.
Try Different Methods To Help Your Baby Sleep
Truth be told, most babies have trouble sleeping. And while many experts preach about bad sleeping habits, ignore them and do whatever it takes to have your baby asleep. Rock your baby to sleep.
There are many pros and cons of letting your baby fall asleep in your arms, so focus on the advantages first. Just move the baby to a safer sleeping space afterward!
Let Your Partner Bond With The Infant
Mothers will surely get enough skin contact with the baby after giving birth. Fathers, on the other hand, tend to ignore bonding with the infant. Physical contact between the baby and the caregiver, however, is beneficial to both. It reduces stress and anxiety.
Put Housework Aside For Now
Yes, you will forget about any type of housework for a while. Most parents say that they didn’t do much around the house for the first couple of months. Instead, first-time parents should focus on bonding with their baby and getting to know their infant.
Ask For Help
Don’t ever feel ashamed for asking for help. If you don’t have a partner, find aid in your family members. You can also join mom and dad groups to ask for advice. When leaving with your baby for the first time, bring along an experienced parent to help you.
As a new parent, you will feel on the brink more than once. Still, don’t forget that it’s just temporary and everyone makes it through. Soon, your baby will grow and mature, and reward you for your love and attention.