Newborn Care: How To Cope As New Parents

By in Parenting on 12 December 2008

The arrival of a baby can bring so much joy to a family. The pains of labor and delivery can easily be forgotten, as the focus is shifted to the new bundle of joy. While it can be an exciting time for the family, it can also bring about change, stress and fatigue. Caring for a newborn can be really overwhelming especially during the first few weeks after birth.

Taking care of yourself is as important as caring for your newborn. After all, you need to be in great shape in order to meet the demands of parenthood. During this time, it is most important that you eat healthy foods, drink plenty of water, and sleep when you can. Consuming the right foods can give you the needed energy in caring for your baby. Sleepless nights can also take a toll on your health, and it is important to get some sleep when you can. Try to establish a routine with your partner so that you can get your much needed rest.

Family and friends would also want to share your joy, and fuss over the baby. Although this may be good, an untimely visit can add to your stress and fatigue. Try to set visiting hours for your loved ones, and ask ill family members not to visit yet. Do not be afraid to ask for help from other members of your family, if you are having difficulty in coping. Even running simple errands for you can mean a lot during this time.

There will always be a time when you feel that you have lost your free time or your independence. Feelings like these are normal, and you shouldn’t be too hard on yourself. Everybody needs a breather, and sharing your thoughts with your partner may help. Try to have some alone time during the day, or you can spend time with other kids. Taking time out doesn’t have to take a lot of your time. Sometimes a short walk to get some fresh air can be really helpful. Anything that refreshes you from the routine will work, for as long as it will give you a better mindset.

Creating a balance in your home after the birth of your baby may take some time. Never rush things so that you can savor the moment. Let the laundry pile up, and set aside chores that can be done at a later time. Allow yourself some time to adjust so that you can effectively cope with the added responsibility. Let your baby set the pace for a routine, and adjust your other activities accordingly.

During this time, some parents may feel guilt feelings when they are away from their baby. Trying to have time for other things or other people will definitely not mean that, you are a bad parent. Allotting time for other activities is a just an indication that you can balance the responsibility of parenting, and still manage to carry on with important aspects in your life.

The newborn days can seem long with sleepless nights and crying spells, but in reality it can go by really quickly. Try not to get too caught up with the chaos, and savor the moment. Try to laugh hard and create beautiful memories. After all, the newborn days won’t definitely last long.


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