Whether you are a first-time parent or you have five children looking after your newborn baby is always challenging. Every baby is different and sometimes as a parent you feel like you are hitting a brick wall. It can be overwhelming thinking about another person when they are hungry when they need to bathe and all when you are exhausted and recovering from giving birth. Here are five things which you need to know to take care of your newborn baby, five things that will make you look at parenting from a whole new perspective.
1. Listen To Your Instinct
As a parent, you get to understand your babies cry. You will see they have a cry for hunger, a cry for pain and as they become a toddler a cry for tantrums. Don’t let everyone else say ‘I am sure he is hungry’ or ‘I think he is tired’. You know your baby better than anyone else so goes with it. When you think your baby is sick, take them to the doctors. Either way a newborn is simple on their needs, they eat, they burp, the sleep and then they poop. You know their needs better than anyone else.
2. Make Your Life Easier as a Parent
There are many ways you can be a happy parent even when you are tired. Take time out for yourself. Have a bath while they are asleep. Enroll the older child in daycare. Put some relaxing music on while you are feeding. Time goes quick and the hard part will soon be over. If you have multiple children then invest in best double strollers as this can save the day when you have the challenge of going out with a baby and a toddler. Think about baby walkers, bouncers and other modern equipment which will allow you to get the washing done. Don’t make it harder than it already is.
3. Let Others Help
Everyone loves a newborn and you will have endless visitors wanting to come round for a cuddle. Take this chance to get something done that you need to. It is OK to ask for help too. If you need a shower then ask your friend to come round for a coffee while he or she watches the baby. It doesn’t mean you are a bad parent it means you are a top parent who doesn’t get time for anything.
4. Give Yourself Time
It can be frustrating when recovering from pregnancy and birth. Your life and your body have changed within a short amount of time. Don’t try to fit back into those pre-pregnancy jeans and don’t get upset when you look in the mirror. The body takes the time to heal. It is OK to walk away when your baby is crying for attention. Step outside for five minutes and breath, then recall why you are a parent and the world will be right again. Love yourself and all you do and you will love your baby even more. If you are a happy parent then you will have a happy baby.
5. Read, Ask and Read Again
As with any parent, novice or pro, there are times when you probably don’t know what to do. Is your newborn being sick? Is your newborn not sleeping enough? There are probably a million questions running around in your head at once. The great thing about today is that you have the internet where millions of Mums and Dads gather on forums and discuss babies. If you aren’t sure about something, then read up on it and ask others. Most of the time you are probably worrying about nothing. It is amazing how much information is on the web and when the little one is asleep read about it to put your mind at rest. 99% of the time the answer is floating around somewhere on the internet.
Enjoy being a parent. The rest will come naturally. Once you have the basics figured, how to feed your baby, how to bathe your baby and how to change a nappy you are on track to the finish line. It is tiring; it is scary and it is overwhelming, but anyone will say it is the most rewarding thing that can happen to a person.
Capture those first moments and soon you will crying at your baby’s third birthday party wondering where the time has gone. You will then be wanting another! Looking after a newborn is hard but once you get into a routine thing will go smoothly so just enjoy it, while you can.