10 Things New Parents Should Know About
Giving birth is a beautiful and the most natural process of life, no matter where you live. A child has the ability to fill the void in a person’s life they didn’t even know existed. Yet, being a parent can be one of the most challenging and hardest jobs in the world. But prepared and knowing the basic stuff can make this task easier. For all new parents out there, here are 10 things you should know when you have a newborn in your life.
1. Invest in Elastic Waist Outfits
You may have a hundred ways to make your child smile but one little mistake can make them cry and scream all day (experienced moms would agree to this). Being a new parent means paying attention to everything! One thing that may piss your baby off is tight waist bands and getting changed every few hours. With babies, most tasks should be handled as quickly and simply as possible. Which is why buying clothes with elastic waist bands would make your as well as your baby’s life simpler.
2. Be Prepared For Lots of Diapers
Most Indian parents prefer their babies wear hand-made fabric diapers for the first few months. It’s one of the oldest Indian traditions. But not all new parents would prefer that as it’s a matter of personal choice. So, if you do plan on putting your baby in store bought diapers then be prepared to buys a ton of packets.
3. Sleeping Hours
Most new parents get worried that their baby sleeps 20 hours a day. Believe me, you are going to miss this when they grow a little older. It’s perfectly normal for all infants to sleep long hours. This changes gradually when they start adjusting to the new environment.
4. Baby’s Potty Business Can Get Complicated
Don’t be surprised if your baby doesn’t poop like he did yesterday and don’t read too much into the fact that he’s pooping all day either. Babies take their sweet time to adjust to new food, the air, the environment etc. Everything affects their digestive system, so stay calm and let them do their business.
More than anything, new parents need to be attentive of their infant’s diet. At least for the first 3 to 4 months, babies aren’t supposed to eat anything other than milk. Most new mothers become clueless and feed their babies every time they cry, but this isn’t right. Over-feeding or under-feeding the baby can lead to digestive problems. So be sure to only feed your newborn every 2 to 3 hours and they should be okay.
6. Massage Your Baby
Body massage is one of the most essential parts of daily routine for a baby. Regular body massage with baby oil not only improves a baby’s growth and strength but is also a powerful way for a new mom to bond with the baby.
At least for the first few months, a newborn shouldn’t be left alone. Safety of a newborn baby is the utmost priority. Did you know that incorrect postures and sleeping on very soft surface is the leading cause of sudden unexpected infant death (SUID) ? This may happen due to suffocation, which is why it’s vital to keep changing the babies posture and also make them sleep on a slightly firm surface for first few months to prevent this.
8. Share The Good News With Near and Dear Ones
For different reasons, not all near and dear ones are able to be present at the hospital when the baby is born. And being new parents, you may not have the time to call each and every person you know about the birth. But it’s a pivotal stage of your life which close ones should know about. Let them know by sending out the newborn’s pictures and a short description of how everything went at the hospital. You could also include your newborn’s most adorable habits.
9. Monthly Photos
Make use of your camera to capture the growing stages of your infant. You’ll be amazed to see the progress when they finally turn one.
10. Name Ceremony
The timing of name ceremony varies depending on the cultural and religious significance of the family. Nonetheless, you must be prepared with a name and send out invitations to close family and friends at least a month in advance before the ceremony.
Hope your parenthood journey is be filled with fun and joy.