A new baby turns your entire world upside down with chaos, stress, and fatigue thrown in with those smiles and snuggles. Life can get a bit difficult while you try to learn how to juggle everything at once. Ease the transition from life before you had your baby to after by keeping these top six baby care tips in mind.
1. Ask for Help
Don’t be afraid to ask for help when it’s available. If you have friends or family members who have been through the same experiences, take them up on their advice. Ask for tips and suggestions if needed about feeding, diapering, sleeping, or anything else you aren’t sure of as a new parent. Websites and blogs such as Sweet Moms blog can offer valuable advice for new parents. It can take weeks or months to adjust to your new role with an infant.
Your newborn baby isn’t going to break when you hold them, but they need proper support until they gain the strength to hold their head up on their own. Don’t bounce or shake your baby, and always ensure that they are fully secured when in a car seat, swing, or baby carrier. At the beginning, it might seem a little overwhelming but you will get used to it I time and as the baby grows it will become much easier.
Babies are all different. Some babies like to be held as much as possible in their parent’s arms. Enjoy those baby snuggles while they last, as it is one of the best parts of baby care. Others are more willing to soothe on their own in a swing or gently vibrating chair. Try different techniques until you find which one your baby prefers.
You have no idea how your baby will sleep until they get here. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to get a few hours of rest at a time. Some babies need to be cuddled until they fall asleep, some prefer to have pacifiers to soothe them, while others prefer a nice, tight swaddle to send them to dreamland. There is also the decision of whether to put your baby in a crib to sleep at night or to co-sleep with them in a bassinet next to you or bed with you. Always practice safe techniques including laying your baby on her back when she goes to sleep. Take advantage of naps and get some shut-eye too if possible. A healthy parent is the best parent.
It’s going to take time to adjust. Give yourself flexibility when it comes to things such as housework, running errands, or following a strict schedule. Things will fall into place as you acclimate to being a parent, but give yourself time to enjoy this part of your child’s life. Don’t stress over a couple of dishes in the sink or a few loads of dirty laundry. You’ll find time to get it done. Spend those ten minutes taking a quick shower, closing your eyes, or even playing a quick game on your phone or computer to de-stress. It’s perfectly OK to eat a microwavable meal or to order out for dinner if you don’t want to cook all the time as you adjust.
Diapers are one of the not-so-fun parts of baby care, and it can be overwhelming if you have to deal with diaper rash for any reason. Change your baby as soon as he needs it to prevent him from sitting wet too long, which creates the ideal environment for rashes. Dry your baby completely from front to back during every change. Let him go without a diaper at all for a few minutes to give the area time to air out. Baby powder can create a barrier between your baby’s skin and the diaper if rashes are a frequent occurrence. Some babies tolerate fragrances and multiple brands better than others, while others have sensitive skin that requires natural products or a limited variety of products.
7. Take Care of Your Health
When you have a newborn it might be hard to have time for yourself. This doesn’t mean that you need to neglect your health. If you feel ill, your baby will feel it too. Also, if you have a contagious condition, you risk endangering the health of your baby. As we all know, babies are prone to contracting viruses. Their immune system is not as powerful as ours.
It is important to take you medicine (if you have a pre-existing condition) and to make sure that you avoid contact with sick people. Also, when it’s flu season, make sure to get the vaccine. Keeping yourself healthy is going to help your baby stay healthy.
On the other hand, don’t take too many pills especially if you are breastfeeding. Make sure to talk to your doctor and receive his or her permission before taking any pills or vitamins. They might affect the health of your baby.
8. Maintain a Social Life
Don’t forget about your friends and family when you have a baby. At first, all parents are overwhelmed with the responsibility of taking care of a fragile baby. This is why some mother isolate themselves from others and tend to spend most of their time at home, taking care of the baby. This is not recommended if you want to be emotionally healthy.
A social life means a healthy, happy life. It’s very important to talk to other adults about your problems, to go out for coffee or going to the gym. You can implicate your baby in your social outings. For instance, schedule with your friends to go out for a cup of coffee. While doing that you can take a walk in the park with your kid.
If you want to go out for more hours or to the SPA with a friend, ask your partner to take care of the baby. Sharing responsibility makes you a stronger couple. This way, your partner is going to understand you when you say that you are tired after a day with the baby.
9. Spend Time with Your Partner
Once the baby is born, couples seem to spend less and less time together. This can affect their relationship. You don’t need to go out together every week, but you can spend time together any day. For instance, when you need to give a bath to the baby, ask your partner to help you. This way, you can both take care of the baby and spend quality time with each other.
From time to time, you need to go out for a dinner date with your partner. Talk with your mother or a babysitter to take care of your baby for the evening. Make sure to plan the dinner in advance so that the babysitter is free that night. Once the baby is in trusted hand you can enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant and talk more with your loved one.
10. Don’t Scare the Baby
New parents tend to be a little to overcautious with their baby. Don’t reflect your fears to him or her. Babies are learning more about life every day. Once you baby-proofed all the house, you don’t need to tell you, baby, not to touch something, to walk slower or not to play with a certain toy.
Create a safe place where he or she can walk, play, and touch anything. If you scare your baby he or she is going to experience these fears for the whole life. Play with the baby, teach them and understand what they want. Don’t forget to each moment with your child because they grow up too fast.
Being a new parent is a fantastic experience, but there are going to be bumps and hills along the way. Seek advice from those who have experience with parenting and take the offer of a helping hand once in a while. No one knows everything there is to know about raising children, but you learn as time goes on what works for your situation.