After nine months of awaiting your new bundle of joy, your baby is finally here and although everyone around you might be giving you all of their personal advice, every parent is different an does things their own way so there is no need to be intimidated or overwhelmed to make you feel like you’re doing it wrong. Having said that, these six tips are integral to get you through this huge transition in your life.
It’s OK To Be Clueless
Bringing a new baby home and having no idea what to do is something that happens with every new parent, so don’t be alarmed. No matter how many classes you go to or baby books you read, there is huge difference with having a newborn in front of you. Even though your fellow new parents may say they are amazing and doing everything perfect, chances are they’re not and you’re all in the same boat. Stay calm and it will fall into place.
Boundaries Are Everything
When having a newborn, almost everyone you know wants to come visit and it can become all too much with constant visitors. Although everyone wants to help in any way they can, it’s understandable that you just want to be left alone. Make that known and focus on yourself.
Better In Time
Every day is a challenge when it comes to parenting but if you stay confident and patient, you will get the hang of things with time and it will start to come naturally. You’ll even master multitasking within a couple of weeks.
No Comparisons Please
While it is very easy to compare your skill set to others, it is not a good trait to have. Everyone does things differently and although most people around you will give you their two cents, it is entirely up to you what you do with it. Remember that something that is good for someone else may not be so good for you.
Take A Breather
No one can deny that being a new parent is extremely overwhelming and exhausting. If you feel that too much is going on, it’s more than ok to take a minute for yourself. If your baby is continuously crying no matter that you’ve done everything possible to calm them down, it’s fine to put them down for a couple of minutes while you deal with your own mental health.
You may be looking forward to moving on from this time in your life but eventually, you will look back and miss it. The sleepless nights and crying babies are part of the experience and they do grow up so fast. Being a new parent is extremely challenging and trying but everyone comes out on the other end feeling fulfilled and accomplished and say they will do it all over again.