The birth of a child is a huge deal in the life of any couple, irrespective of whether it is their first child or not. Many changes in the parents’ life follow the child’s birth. While newborn baby care is not something you must take lightly, you certainly shouldn’t go crazy beating your brains regarding what to do and how to accomplish the mission. Childbirth is a special and blissful moment and with a little patience and some effort, any novice mommy and daddy can bag up the cool-parent tag. Here are 10 tips to help you get over the stress that could accompany the arrival of a newborn and help make the most of parenthood:
Sort your priorities
Your life may not be the same as before the birth of your baby. You may have to wake up at odd hours, work till late, and may not get the luxury to do things whenever you please. To create a balance between your personal requirements and also excel at infant care, you need to sort out your priorities and free up some space and time. Replace the activities that you can do without for the time being and make time for your child and family.
Did you know that your stress could have negative effects on your baby too? Taking proper rest would help you recharge yourself after all the day’s work. This includes proper food and nutrition, proper sleep, meditation and some exercises if possible. Take a healthy diet and include adequate amount of water for daily consumption.
There may be moments when you cannot take eyes off your baby, lost in admiring your cute bundle of joy. There also will be times when all the cacophony by this new member shall be too much for you to bear. The more your stress grows the more irresponsible and sad you become. Now you first need to accept that this rush of contradictory emotions is entirely normal and happens to every parent.
While you already are knee-deep in responsibilities, visitors tend to, without intention, add up to your stress. That is why it is ideal to set some ground rules or visiting time because it is not just you but your baby too that needs rest. You also need to pay special attention to hygiene before letting people around your baby to avoid sickness and infections.
Adjust according to the new
Know that it is important to make adjustments according to your new responsibilities. You might need to plan your day keeping your baby as the center. You might have loved a clean, sorted house and heavy course meal, but you sure can chuck out a few of them and settle for a simpler routine, can’t you?
Take some fresh air
With a baby to care of, you might be surprised with the time you shall spend packed up in your house. Getting out for some fresh air or a visit to the mart might help clear up your head and tone down your stress.
Be a smart parent
Being prepared in advance doesn’t hurt anyone, right? You could avoid a ton of stress simply by prepping up beforehand, for instance, carrying extra diapers when going out, keeping a tab on doctor’s appointments, nursing sessions, and so on. Knowing about how to tackle some of the common ailments that babies tend to easily contract might be of great help to both your baby and you.
Go for babycare sessions
It is common for new parents to freak out at this entirely new and in-no-way a small responsibility that comes as parenthood. If you feel that you need professional help and guidance to help you as a parent, go for one. That way you won’t feel under prepared and doubtful and hence less stress build up. Infant day care centers are a big respite for working parents.
Let others share your responsibility
Being a new-parent is an inexplicable feeling. It is not uncommon to feel greatly attached to the baby right from its birth along with excessive concerns for its well-being and wishes to have it all for yourself. But you must know, that allowing the participation of friends and family in infant care will help ease your stress, besides strengthening your relations with them.
Enjoy the moments
The most important of all is to learn to enjoy the feelings and make the most of the moments with your baby. It will just be a matter of time, when your baby shall seize to be that tiny, make cute faces and adorable noises or be dependent on you. So, make the most of his/her time as a toddler, for that time shall never return.