When you get a baby for the first time, it's life changing. You now have this tiny person depending on you. You want to give them the best and are afraid of making mistakes.
Well, you are not alone. Most first time parents feel the same. The reality is, you love your child and will give it the best. Even if you get a bit confused or frustrated along the way, you will do great. Here are some tips to help.
As long as your child is fed, relatively clean, healthy and happy, you are doing great. Don't worry about little tasks such as the state of your untidy house. It will only make you depressed and take your attention away from your child. Instead, do your best, delegate what you can, and leave the rest for another day.
One thing that will help when it comes to taking care of your baby is creating a routine. It helps to keep baby care from being overwhelming. Plan the routine around feeding, sleeping and changing hours. When you have it in place, and baby is on board, you will get time to rest and feel a little bit in control which helps a lot.
This brings us to another important thing - getting help. You are not super parents so get all the help you need. It could be from family members you trust such as grandparents, or it could be hired help that you have vetted. Whatever you choose, just get help to ease the struggle so you can actually get time to do things you love or just take an uninterrupted nap (I know, wishful thinking but is worth trying.)
It's your first baby, and you may not have experience on how to take care of one. It's understandable that you will make a couple or many mistakes. The key is not to beat yourself up for it. It's more important to learn from these mistakes, so you will be less likely to repeat them with your first baby or the following ones.
Also, make a point of reading on baby stuff and asking questions no matter how stupid you think they are from hospital staff, veteran mothers, and certified child caregivers. It will help you avoid making more mistakes than necessary. It is also good to join a mommy group whether local or online. Many moms will be happy to give you advice and support you on this journey.
It's magical and exciting to see your child learn different things by the day. Let your child explore and expose him/her to stimuli that can trigger healthy mental and physical growth. Allow your child to play and don't be afraid of germs or them hurting themselves. It's how they learn, and it also helps them build a healthy immune system.
Don't worry about little mistakes and avoid comparing your baby's development to others. Only do what you feel is right to effectively raise your child even after listening to all the advice that's always offered. You have great parenting instincts, and you love your child deeply. These two things will ensure you do your best loving and raising your child.
First time parenting hurdles are harrowing. It's not always fun! It's important to find a reliable support system and make time for your self-care. Create time to vent, sleep, or go out for a treat. If you speak out, you will always find someone around you ready to help. It will do you and your baby a world of good!
These are tips to help you in first-time parenthood. Taking care of a child is challenging, but you can handle it. Take it a day at a time, and your baby will be grown in no time.