It’s natural to be nervous and scared when expecting your first baby. A million thoughts run through your mind all the time—about the baby’s safety and their (hopefully) positive development.
And even though the feeling of becoming a parent is unmatched, once you have delivered safely, your worries are bound to increase.
Having to manage everything—from breastfeeding to bath times, sleep schedules, and even diaper changes—means that new parents often struggle with how to provide the right care, and that’s completely okay. Even the most seasoned parents don’t have it all figured out, so if you suddenly feel like you have no idea what you’re doing, there’s no need to get frustrated.
With a few simple techniques, you can start feeling confident about your newborn’s early care and help them become a strong and healthy toddler—without compromising on your own mental and physical health.
Parenthood and Early Care!
The first step in overcoming your frustration is to prepare for the transition that’s about to happen. This needs to happen before you deliver; most new parents feel super excited during this period. Taking infant care courses and creating a parental plan is the first right step.
Start with a Plan!
Having a plan—even if it’s not going to be wholly implemented—can help you feel in control. You’ll come across a number of situations where you may have to improvise, so a parental plan isn’t set in stone. However, with preparation, you can deal with expected issues without feeling overwhelming.
Consider things such as taking care of the guests coming to congratulate you or visiting the in-laws. Talk to your partner about sleeping routines and who will wake up in the middle of the night.
Learn about Basic Care!
Handling newborn babies can be scary. They’re so tiny and delicate so bathing and holding them can be daunting. To overcome this feeling, learn about the specific postures that keep the baby safe without putting your comfort and physical movements at risk. Use your partner’s he;[ when changing diapers or clothes to prevent avoidable hits and bumps on the bed.
Rely on a Support System!
There’s no reason you should be alone in the whole parenting process. If you don’t have friends or family members around, talk to other moms and dads in your area. From prenatal classes to mom groups on Facebook and other social media, you should build your own support group and talk to them when in doubt.
If you’re going back to work within a month or two, start looking at reliable infant care options right away. Carrying on with your own life is just as important as your baby’s healthy and safe growth.
At San Marcos Montessori, our goal is to provide a nurturing and a stimulating environment for your infant so you can spend a worry-free day at work. Our caregivers are highly experienced and trained to deal with different types of situations so your baby is completely safe and sound.