The baby's room is ready and you have the essentials to receive your newborn. But you have this nagging feeling in the back of your mind that you're going to screw up.
Not everyone is capable of being a good parent and it is okay to feel like you are not in control. Even if you run into the holy grail of parenting rules, there is no one-size-fits-all method. To ease the stress of parenting, here are 5 helpful tips to follow!
1) How does your baby sleep?
Your little one will sleep a lot for the first few months. We watch 16 to 20 hours a day at a distance. A baby's sleep routine changes every two weeks for the first year.
In an ideal world, the baby sleeps when the parents sleep. However, this isn't always the case as your little munchkin wakes up at 3 a.m. M.
However, it is manageable if you know your baby's signs of drowsiness and sleep patterns by spending time with your baby before bed. As your child gets a little older, it is best to follow the 3B routine: bath, book, bed.
If in doubt, don't be afraid to ask GPS, friends, or parenting support groups for help.
2) How to breastfeed?
For some new mothers, breastfeeding can be effortless, but it can also be a frustrating process for many others.
When you have sore nipples, your baby is not locking properly. To prevent this from happening, a good method is to find the best position to breastfeed and be as comfortable as possible.
It is also ideal to start breastfeeding immediately after giving birth. If you experience nipple tenderness, don't worry as this is very common in first-time breastfeeding mothers.
3) Try attachment education
The best way for first parents to follow their instincts is through attachment parenting. This parenting philosophy focuses on maximizing the bond between parents and baby.
This method generally encourages breastfeeding on demand, is sensitive to baby crying, sleeping together, holding your baby, etc.
Many of these have to do with understanding and responding to your child's emotional and physical needs.
4) Take the advice, but stick with what works
There will be people who will say that your parenting method is wrong, but it is best not to stress over it.
Always remember that you are the most important expert on your baby. Be open to advice, but stick with what works best for you and your baby. It is also important to address these concerns.
A husband and wife should communicate openly about their struggles with each other. Simply by talking about the issues, you can put things in perspective.
5) Take it easy
Approach each day gracefully as the days lengthen, but the years go by faster. Parenting is hard, so it's best to enjoy every minute despite lack of sleep.
Another important tip is to spend time with your spouse. Make an appointment and don't feel guilty about getting your parents or babysitter to help you with the baby.
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