Today we are going to look at How to Feel Reassured as a First-Time Parent
How to Feel Reassured as a First-Time Parent
For new parents, the first few days and months of a child’s life can be especially stressful. Here are some useful tips and tricks for new parents.
Avoiding Day-Night Confusion in Your Newborn
Getting a baby into some kind of a sleep pattern can be difficult – even for experienced parents. The first step to getting your new baby to sleep through the night, however, is to prevent frustration during the day.
Consistency is the best way to create day-night rituals and avoid day-night confusion. You’ll want to make sure the infant is up and awake to eat during the day and try not to feed the baby a large meal on purpose to get him or her to sleep.
Dressing Your Baby in the Cold Months
For new parents, one of the most frustrating things can be trying to cover up the little baby during winter months. And it can be totally exhausting when it’s time to leave the house.
The key is to use blankets to keep your baby safe and cosy, while also being able to get the baby comfortably into the car seat.
Don’t Panic if Your Newborn Gets Sick
When your new baby gets ill, it can be frightening. Jot down when you’ve seen symptoms, when you gave the child medicine, gave a hot bath, and when the baby was napping or did something out of the ordinary.
With a good family health insurance plan, you won’t have to panic. You will have the support of fully trained and knowledgeable midwives on hand at all times after your child is born. You will also have cover as your child grows.
Swaddling Your Newborn
Babies love being swaddled because it imitates, for every moment of their lives, the continuous cradling they got used to in the womb. However, some newborns don’t have to be swaddled or they just plain don’t like it. Don’t worry if that’s the case.
Swaddling is usually good for brief periods of time but, if your infant is going to spend a large part of the day and night swaddled, try having a swaddling sleep bag that allows the legs room for easy movement.
Baby Bath Time Blues
Typically, newborns don’t like their first bath. This initial experience could be as a result of sensory overload, so it’s important that you try to make this process as warm, quiet and comfortable as possible.
Babies find comfort in having a warm baby blanket or extra towel laid on top of them. Only remove the blanket as needed to wash. Place the baby in the towel (be careful, because your baby will be slippery) and swaddle up after you’re done washing him/her.
Understanding the Baby’s Hunger Cues
Most mums tend to feed their newborns on a meal schedule rather than on-demand. Feeding your baby on demand has its benefits, but there are still many drawbacks, such as wondering whether your baby is having enough and how to know when your infant is very hungry.
Just note that at some point, every parent was a first-time parent, and we all feel uncertain about the decisions and choices we have made every day for our new baby. As your baby grows and develops, you will grow and learn with them.
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