Becoming a parent can be a bit overwhelming and nerve-wracking, especially for first-time parents. But hey, congratulations! You are doing a great job. There is no way you can predict what it’s going to be like being responsible for another human being. You better cherish those moments and enjoy them because newborn days are precious. There will be a point in your life when you will look back and miss this time.
We have compiled tips that will help even the most nervous first-time parents enjoy this moment of their life. Enjoy.
Take advice on the chin
Suddenly, every single person you know including complete strangers would want to put in their two cents on what to do with your baby. Just smile, nod politely and do things exactly how you want to. Trust your instinct. Find out what works best for you and make your own decisions. Ask the questions you want answers to and ignore all unsolicited advice.
Go Skin-to-Skin While Feeding or Cradling Your Baby.
This is one way you can bond with your baby. Physical closeness can promote an emotional connection. Hold your baby against your own skin while feeding or cradling.
Developing a strong connection and bond with your baby is important for both mums and dads. This would affect your child’s psychological, mental and emotional health. Another way to develop this bond is by looking into your baby’s eyes while feeding.
Dads are not left out.
Bonding applies to both you and your partner. His voice, warmth, and touch are different from yours. Make sure your baby has ample time alone with dad. You can use this opportunity to have your ‘Me’ time.
Getting your ‘Me’ time
Look after yourself and make sure you still have fun! It’s might be tough, but try to set aside at least half an hour to do something you enjoy every day. You’d be glad you did. Take a walk, read a book, catch up on your favorite tv series, do anything. You will definitely feel rejuvenated.
Seriously, get more sleep
One of the ‘advice’ you might get from people is “Sleep when your baby sleeps”. It’s good advice though, but it’s not always possible. Get some rest. Look after yourself physically. Sleeping would help your body recover and enable you to have all the energy you need to meet your baby’s needs. Never underestimate the power of sleep deprivation.
Wash your hands frequently
It’s important to keep your hands clean and free of germs. Also, make sure visitors or anyone handling the baby, washes their hands. Babies’ immune systems aren’t fully developed, so they are more susceptible to infection. Keep your baby’s environment clean and safe.
Accept Help from Your Moms, Aunts, and Older sisters.
Accept all the help you can get. You need it and deserve it. Have moms, aunts, and older sisters help you out.
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