Caring for a newborn is not a simple fleet. It may seem all giggles and fun, but in reality, it’s heaps of activities, sleep deprivation, and cleaning up messes. As much excitement a newborn brings into your life, they come with great responsibility. Whether it is your firstborn or not, a newborn is a full-time job, and you always need help.
Here are some of the best tips to keep your stress under control while taking care of your baby.
Cut yourself some slack
You may want to be the perfect parent and be on alert 24/7 for your newborn, especially if it is your first time. But you may burn yourself out. At times like this, you need to remember that the only way you will be able to care for the baby is if you’re taking care of yourself.
One thing you have to prepare for is sleeplessness. You will wake up countless nights multiple times. As someone who already has children, you may have a gist of this, but one can never get used to insomnia and sleep deprivation. You must avoid caffeine, and don’t make it a food supplement or an alternative to sleeping as it can ruin your body’s natural cycle. Eat healthily and get some exercise and fresh air in. Try to create a sleep routine for your baby by not letting them sleep at odd times so you can also get some much-needed sleep before the baby wakes up again. You can also alternate tending to the baby’s needs with your spouse.
Counter possible malpractice
Hospital staff comprising of doctors, nurses, and the staff are all human beings, which is why there can be times when they make mistakes that can be detrimental. Be cautious in the early days, and don’t you’re your child’s appointments with the doctor. Among newborn babies, birth injury malpractice is quite common. When any staff member or professional working at the hospital and dealing with the baby ends up injuring the baby, they are liable for compensation alongside legal proceedings. The sooner you discover your child may have sustained a severe injury during labor, get in touch with legal experts to take action.
Another thing you may not expect is the whirlwind of emotions coming your way. Postpartum depression is quite common and can hit you anytime. You will go from being the happiest looking at your baby’s tiny head and feet to feeling inadequate as a parent and mourning the loss of your independence.
Remember that feeling all this is normal; you must resort to the process. You will feel tired and anxious. Furthermore, this would be the perfect time to bond with your partner as much as possible. Talk through the difficulties together, figure out the best course of action to take care of the baby, and choose what you can do best and what they do best. In the case of a single parent, you can still go to therapy to work out your emotions and provide the best care for your newborn.
When you have a newborn, it is exciting for everyone in your circle. Your friends and family may want to visit you, give you gifts, and play with the baby. A tedious task, it can exhaust you even further in addition to the stress of raising a newborn. Figure out a schedule and communicate what works best so you don’t burn yourself out trying to manage everything all at once.
It will be best for you to invite everyone over in one big gathering or let them know the best time that suits you. Keeping the baby up with guests may also disturb the sleeping cycle you create for the baby, which will end up in you losing your sleep at night.
Go with instinct
The instincts of a parent are hardly incorrect, they say. You may hyper-plan all clothes, trips, and needs beforehand, but sometimes you must relax to know what the baby wants and decide the best course of action. Their diaper changes, big baby bags, milk bottles, and doctor visits can all come from just having experience with the child and learning about their little habits. So decide things accordingly to how the child behaves.
Get out of the house whenever you can
As mentioned above, a newborn is a full-time job, and taking them out is an ever more difficult task. But staying cooped up inside the house and taking care of the baby will take a toll on you. Try to go out and engage in some of your usual hobbies as much as you can. You can alternate with your partner who takes care of the baby while the other goes out, or you can opt for daycares.
Other relationships are just as crucial
Once you have a newborn, they may become the center of your world because of how much time you spend tending to them, but you have to remember you have a life other than them as well, and giving that life does not make you a bad parent.
Find a balance by caring for your newborn’s needs alongside maintaining your social relationships. It may seem like too much, but your friends and family will gladly offer you a helping hand in your needs. Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Always remember, these days are not permanent and go by in the blink of an eye. You may start reminiscing on them once they’re gone, so enjoy while you can and take as many pictures as you want of your newborn. The stress comes as a part of the package, but it is not impossible to deal with it. As long you take care of yourself, maintain healthy routines for yourself and your child, set up a good plan between you and your spouse, get help when you need it, and have time for yourself, everything will be fine. Remember, there is no such thing as a perfect parent; they all only try their best.