Are you pregnant? Congratulations! Parenthood can certainly be a mixed bag. While there are amazing rewards, it can also be messy, difficult and frustrating. If you're expecting, you may be wondering how you're going to manage it all: the diapers, the crying, the middle of the night wake ups. The truth is, you're going to need a lot of support, guidance and encouragement—especially during the first several months. Here are some of our best tips for surviving—and thriving—during your first year of parenthood.
Don't get caught into the trap of thinking you can do it all. Everyone—and in particular new parents—need relief and help from time to time. There's nothing wrong with asking an older relative, a friend, or grandparent to give you a hand. In fact, they'll probably be thrilled to step in for a few hours! Taking some time away from baby to run errands, get your nails done, or even just sit in silence can also do wonders for your mental health.
Not all bundles of joy are the same—so don't compare your baby to others. Some babies start sitting, crawling, talking and walking sooner, and some later. There's definitely a spectrum to child development! Dedicate yourself to loving and caring for your little one, and focusing on yourself. Of course, if you have concerns, it's always good to talk to your pediatrician. That's what they're there for!
Babies are tiny, and their immune systems are still developing. That's why they're particularly at risk for getting sick. Having all-encompassing health insurance, and a plan that's specifically aimed at babies and children will provide coverage and peace of mind. A lot of parents are opting for private health insurance, but since not all the policies are the same, it’s important to know how to compare private health insurance plans before you make a final decision. Getting the proper insurance for your family can save you a lot of trouble in the future, especially if and when your child gets sick.
A baby’s arrival can dramatically change your life, including your relationship. Sleepless nights, changing diapers, (breast)feeding and shopping for baby’s supplies can be exhausting and stressful, which is why talking to your partner and communicating can help you build strength as a couple. Plan a date night, a coffee hour, or an evening watching television together. Babies don't understand much, but they can still pick up on their parent's moods. That's why it's particularly important to make an effort to support each other (even when you don't feel like it!).
Coming home with a baby is stressful, so having a routine and being organized can drastically improve the first few months of parenting. In the months leading up to baby's arrival, talk to your partner and establish a routine together. Have an open discussion about the tasks and duties related to the baby, and how you'll split responsibilities. Communicating before baby comes home will help to reduce the household stress level and frustration.
Having a newborn is a huge change in lifestyle, and there are so many positives to being first time parents! That being said, it's also important to think about the shifts in routine. With a little advance planning—and open communication—you'll be able to enjoy this period in life to the fullest.
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