Parenthood and newborn baby care can be a challenge. When you are aware and prepared you can get rid of overwhelm.
It is normal to feel out of sorts with newborn baby care, lack of time, baby’s sleeping, feeding, and more sleeping, feeding, and diaper changing! After the baby’s arrival, your relationships will get challenging. There’s one more person to interact with. Your new baby means rescheduling of sleep for both of you. Take turns to watch over baby, that way both parents can rest and avoid feeling burnt out.
Of course, family and friends will want to see the new baby. Advice is free, and they will tell you about their babies. Babies learn by watching and interacting with you and their environment. You’ll find yourself baby-talking to encourage your newborn. After the first few weeks, you’ll see your baby studying and eventually starts copying your silly faces, talking baby-language that only you understand and recognize.
Then comes the time when your baby goes everywhere with you. Potty training your new baby is part of the responsibilities of baby care. If you find you have a new bathroom buddy, just relax and use the opportunity to teach the child what the bathroom is about.
Babies need conversation. The best way to teach them to speak is to speak to them. When you talk with your baby, the baby learns, and you bond. Kids learn from your actions as well as your words.
Babies are a blessing, but a lot of new learning too. Don’t try to do it alone. Both you and your partner should have time each day just for you while the other is taking care of the baby. Watch a favorite TV show, read a book, go for a walk, take a bath or clear your doubts and minor queries with a virtual online doctor. Seek help with baby routines like bathing, babysitting and your issues.
Feeling overwhelmed, fatigued, or tired? Most people will understand. Guilt Is Normal, and there will be days when you want your old life back. You are not alone. Seek help. Maybe in a perfect world, there are perfect parents. In the real world, do what works. When in doubt, ask your pediatrician or use the services of an online doctor.
A baby’s love is real, unconditional and comes as a pleasant surprise. Enjoy it, and build on it for a lifelong relationship. Your child will learn from your words as well as actions.
10 Things you must do to stay calm as a new mother:
- Take care of your own diet. Eat right and drink plenty of water.
- Don’t ask for medical help from unauthorized sources. The volume of information online given by anyone who has become a mother is not checked by Google for correctness. Always consult reliable sources before taking any decision regarding your child.
- Don’t let your child play with these objects.
- Take care to give the right vaccines on time.
- Monitor your baby’s milestones.
- Be strict about hand washing rules before touching the new baby. Its normal for friends and relatives to want to hold the child. But you need to set those boundaries.
- If there are family members helping you take care of the baby don’t forget to thank them. Just because they are helping out it’s easy to take them for granted. Remember it’s a blessing but you need boundaries here too. Feeling overwhelmed often ends with sour relationships. The best way to avoid this is, to be honest about what you need help with and always being grateful.
- Never forget to exercise at least for 20 minutes every day. It’s important to start feeling better.T he appropriate level of activity and exercise should be adjusted after consultation with a doctor.
- Take your supplements on time. They will not only help you be a stronger mommy but also give your baby the right nutrients through the breast milk.
- Believe in yourself, you can do this!
Disclaimer: This is meant as general awareness information. All healthcare decisions should be taken after a professional consultation with your doctor.