5 Common Mistakes New Parents Make

By in Parenting on 11 February 2009

During pregnancy, expectant parents eagerly await and prepare for the arrival of the baby. At this time, parents prepare for their new roles by enrolling in classes, or by reading numerous informative articles that can be found online. While these may help you prepare for the challenges ahead, parenting can still pretty much catch you off guard. After all, nothing can ever prepare parents better than the experience itself. Here are some common parenting mistakes that new parents make, and some tips on how to prevent them:

1. Spending Too Much On The Things For The Baby

You can easily get carried away in spending too much for your precious one. While you definitely need to get a quality car seat, you need to think twice before you purchase too many items. Before you know it, you may already have too much stuff for your baby.

Babies also tend to outgrow so many things in such a short time, and if you are on a budget, it may not be practical to purchase pricey clothes or shoes. The next time you are tempted to buy an item, think whether your baby can live without it. If he can live without it, then it must be something that he really does not need.

2. Worrying Too Much About The Small Stuff

As a new parent, you may instinctively worry about things like spitting up, occasional vomiting or crying spells. Some parents can even be so caught up worrying over a baby’s milk intake, or the frequency of bowel movements. Watch out for any signs of illness in your baby, but don’t let unnecessary worries get in the way of your precious moments together. When you have routine check-ups, ask questions so you can be guided as to which signs you need to be worried about.

3. Not Asking For Much Needed Help

Caring for a newborn can be demanding. Your schedule can be filled up by just meeting the needs of your baby. Take turns with your partner in caring for your baby, and accept help from family or friends. Even super mom needs help sometimes, and these are one of those times when you really need to share some of your responsibilities.

4. Neglecting Time For Rest Or Sleep

Try to get some sleep when your baby does. Getting some shut eye is essential, so you can keep up with the demands of parenthood. Even though you are still adjusting to your new routine, take time to at least have thirty minutes doing things for yourself. You need to start by nurturing yourself, so you can effectively nurture other people too.

5. Not Making Time For Your Partner

The transition for new parents can be difficult, and it can take a toll on your relationship, if you just go with the flow. Through challenging times, learn to support each other, and keep on nurturing the relationship. If you can make arrangements, try to continue the practice of having regular date nights. Your relationship doesn’t have to fall apart, just because you are both too stressed out with your new roles.

The joy of having a baby is incomparable to anything you or you partner may have experienced. Try not to rush in your day, and take things one step at a time. You can never be a perfect parent, but you will definitely learn as you go along. Your baby will only pass this stage once, try to cherish each moment, and make beautiful memories together.

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