Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Top Tips For New Parents

 Having a newborn and becoming parents is exciting but can also be very stressful. As with anything new, you’ll be learning a lot along the way, but make sure you believe in yourself as you will be a great parent. Having kids is far from straight forward, it’s an exciting journey that you will never know what will bring. All you can do is live in the moment and enjoy every second with your beautiful baby. To help put you in the best position possible, I have put together eight tips to help new parents. 

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Get as much sleep as you can 

Giving birth is exhausting, so it is important you are kind to yourself and give yourself some time to rest. For some new parents, you want to spend as much time as you can with your newborn, forgetting about rest. It is important you try not to fall into this trap as you will wear yourself out, ultimately spending less time with your baby as you will make yourself ill. Instead, whenever you put the baby down, try and get a few hours of sleep and make sure you share the workload with your partner. Invest in products to help your baby sleep and relax such as baby support pillow from the topponcino company.

Accept Help From Your Loved Ones 

Remember that not only is this journey exciting for you and your partner, but it is also exciting for your family and loved ones. Your family will be looking forward to seeing the baby and getting involved, helping along the way. Without sounding ungrateful, make sure you take advantage of this help and use them when you need to. They will make the journey a lot less stressful and will have experienced what you are going through. If you have any questions, ask them! They have all the knowledge of bringing you up, so they will be able to help will bringing your baby up. 

Trust yourself 

Sometimes the biggest obstacle in life can be yourself. It’s ok to be stressed and it’s ok to be tired. You may be new to being parents, but trust in yourself as you will be a great parent. Ask the people around you if you need help but know that you are doing it right, and if you are struggling, chances are others struggled in the same way. Bringing up a child is very rewarding but it isn’t easy. Trust in the process and trust in yourself as you will be fine. 

Spend Time Together 

Childbirth can affect both you and your partner but in a different way. This is why it is important you remember to spend some quality time together. Neither of you wants to feel neglected after giving birth,, so it’s important to still remember to do the small things together. Your baby will take priority but still try to hold hands when you can, telling your partner you love them or having a cuddle when you get a minute. It’s these small touches that seem like they don’t matter but can go a long way.

Some "You Time" 

Your time after birth is manic; from seeing everyone to sleepless nights with your baby, it can become a little overwhelming and feel like you don’t have your own space. This is normal, but it’s important to remember that you do have time and should take some time when you get a minute. Even if it’s a 30-minute walk on your own to get some fresh air, make sure you do prioritize yourself to rejuvenate. 

Expensive Doesn’t Mean Better 

Before your child's birth and after you’ll be buying or gifted so much new baby stuff out of excitement and necessity. You’ll need nabbies, change bags, new clothes, a buggy, new cott - the list is endless. When buying these things, remember that you don’t need to break the bank. Some own brand items are just as good as the branded items. Before buying make sure you do some research to justify the price that you are spending, sometimes its not required. 

Savour Every Moment 

As with everything in life, time flies! Within what feels like a month your child will be walking, saying his or her first word and then a few years later going to school. It’s important you don’t miss these special things and live in the present. Take photos and stay in the moment, enjoying it, instead of thinking about the future. Embrace everything as it comes and savour it as every second with your baby is very special. 

Don’t Worry About Mess

When is comes to parenting, tidyness is a thing of the past. When guests are coming round they will understand why your property isn’t in it’s best state - it won’t be for a long time. When you bring you baby back, certain things can wait and tidying or cleaning the dishes is one of them. Plus, hopefully your family members may offer to do it for you when they come round. Either way, you’ll want to spend your spare hours sleeping or spending time with your partner. 

Breastfeeding isn’t for everyone 

For some woman, breastfeeding is hard and not something they enjoy at all. If this is you, then that's OK. Many women are in the same position and suffer from painful breast. This can lead to you feeling disappointment and not feeling good about yourself. It is OK to feel this way but remember you are not alone, if you need any breastfeeding support, there are groups out there to help you.

Above are nine points to help you as a new parent, but the most important one is to believe in yourself. Your journey as a new parent is an exciting journey but one where you will constantly be learning, even when your baby is a child, teenager and an adult - the learning never stops. Just live in the moment and enjoy every second you have with your baby, together as a family. 

What tips would you say to a new parent? Have any tips helped you a lot that you would like to share? Let me know in the comment box below, I would love to hear from you. 

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