Advice For New Parents: 10 Helpful Tips

Advice For New Parents: 10 Helpful Tips

You’ve made it! Your sweet bundle of joy is snuggled up and ready to be brought up by the new parents! Sirens may be going off in your head right now, you have this tiny human to raise for the next eighteen years. 

Not that being a parent stops at eighteen, but you may need a little support through the first year. Here are ten helpful tips as you begin this journey into the most rewarding and challenging job. 

1. Be Flexible

You can be the most prepared person in the world, and a baby will laugh (sometimes literally belly laugh) at your plans. Leaving the house right on time? Your baby will have a blow-out right when you pull out the driveway. 

New dress? You already know you’ll have spit-up running down your back from burping. The best thing you can do? Have a Plan B (maybe C & D) ready for when things don’t quite follow Plan A. 

You’re learning about your baby, and your baby is learning about you. Be flexible and give both of yourselves some time, especially if this is your first baby. Laughter in these situations is also helpful. Learn to see the humor in the chaos that may now change your well-intentioned plans.

2. Allow Yourself Room To Make Mistakes

Repeat after us: It is okay to make a mistake! You may think that you’ll have your baby on schedule after a few weeks, but then you find that you’re lucky to get out of your pajamas by two o’clock in the afternoon. Things are not going to go perfectly, especially when a baby is involved. 

Have reasonable expectations of yourself!

Don’t beat yourself up if you cannot do it all in one day. The dishes and laundry will be there tomorrow. Seeing your baby’s first steps won’t be. Make a realistic goal of completing two to three things off your to-do list. You’ll feel better about yourself and, slowly but surely, things will be completed.

3. Enjoy the Present

It may be hard not to envision the day where your baby can feed and clean up after themselves. The weeks may feel like years as you encounter sleepless nights and a crying baby. 

But enjoy the time now, where you can just rock your sleeping baby and stare at their wonderfully long eyelashes and adorable little toes. It won’t be long before you can no longer squeeze those chubby cheeks and make them belly laugh so hard they fall over just by making a funny noise. We all know those belly laughs are the best! Enjoy them now, as time will fly by! 

A wonderful tip for preserving all the stages is to create an email address for your child when they are born. Send them emails with pictures, videos, special messages, and things you want to remember as they hit specific milestones. Give them the account and password on their eighteenth birthday.  

4. Comparing Your Baby (or Yourself!) to Others

A commonly heard saying, “comparison is the thief of joy,” is a reminder you should tell yourself often. Remember that babies are truly on their own time schedule. Just because your friend’s baby is pulling themselves up and yours isn’t, doesn’t mean that your baby is behind. Seriously, do not sweat this one. 

Also, don’t compare yourself to other parents. What works for your baby may not work for another person’s baby. The parents who always look put together may have extra hands at home to help (lucky!), so you really cannot compare yourself when you don’t have all the information at hand. Just know that as long as your baby is fed, warm, and safe, you are doing all you need to do as a new parent.

5. Welcome Help

Friends and grandparents are probably itching to lend a helping hand! They are thrilled for you and want to help in any way they can. You probably want to try to do everything you can, but it’s important to take care of yourself as well. 

Allow yourself to accept the help and enjoy a stress-free bubble bath or take a walk outside to help you feel more rejuvenated while your baby is being loved on. Use this time to pamper yourself, and don’t worry about trying to finish any chores. Take care of yourself so you can take care of your family. 

6. Sleep Routine

We all know sleep is essential for everyone, and as a new parent, you may be lacking some serious ZZZ’s right now. Setting a bedtime routine will help you and your buddy wind down for the day and make it enjoyable for everyone. 

Choose what activities you want your baby to associate with bedtime. It should be a certain part of the day you both look forward to. With consistency, your baby will adapt to this routine and know what to expect each and every night.  

Your sleep routine will help everyone rest easy, and Little Yawn Collective has solutions that can help you and your little one get cozy, snoozy, and happy. 

To go from bathtime soothing to bedtime snoozing, try the Soothing Shampoo & Body Wash with Calendula, which contains scents proven to create an environment that helps with falling asleep and staying asleep. 

After bathtime, nourish your little one’s skin with our Nourishing Body Lotion with Oat & Shea butter to soothe and hydrate. As you settle into bed for a story or a snuggle, spritz a relaxing Baby Pillow Spray to gently lull into a comforting and dreamy sleep. 

7. Your New Role

It’s important to recognize that you do have a new role not only in your family, but in your relationships as well. Remember to take some time for you to recultivate friendships that may have taken a step back after the baby arrived. The friendships that can pick up right where you left off are the best kind. Having supportive friends that are not parents gives you that link back to the person you were before the baby, as you may find out that your children will dominate the conversation when you are with your friends that are parents. 

Most importantly, make sure to spend time with your partner. It may be hard, but try to have time where you aren’t discussing how cute your baby’s toes are. Keep those lines of communication open, keep dating each other, and discuss future goals you want to set your sights towards. Having a baby is a huge milestone but can also be a challenge in some relationships as each partner takes on this new role.

8. Resist Overspending On “Temporary” Needs

It is easy to see all the latest and greatest baby gadgets, and want to fill your nursery with them. But first, consult with your friends and family with babies to see if they actually used that wipe warmer. Listen to the things that worked for your friends and what things didn’t work, so you can save your budget and steer clear of buying unnecessary purchases. 

Baby clothes are another easy way to overspend. But who can resist the cute outfits you see at all the stores?

Online groups are a great way to purchase baby clothes for a substantial discount. Your baby will grow fast and they will only be able to wear those outfits a few times before moving to the next size up. Selling them online can also help you recoup some of your clothing funds back and reinvest into new pieces. 

Toys are another area of consideration as your baby will also outgrow them rapidly. Check out online sales and yard sales for great deals. 

As a tip, check the toys online to make sure there are not any recalls. It goes without saying that a wipe down with a disinfectant cloth is a good step to take when bringing the toys home. 

9. Join New Parent Groups

Consider joining groups with other new parents to share the highs and lows of being new parents. This is a fine line to draw, as many parent groups on social media can have you second-guessing yourself. 

Find a group that works for you, and if you ever feel uncomfortable or you find that you have to defend yourself, leave the group. There is no need for any toxicity when trying to be a good parent. Although it’s nice to have other parents going through the phase of life, you know your baby the best. 

10. Setting Examples

While your baby is young, start setting the examples you want them to follow as they get older. Eating healthy, spending time outside, and taking care of yourself will not only be beneficial but also set a positive example for your child to emulate. 

Making healthy choices in your diet is also beneficial when your child makes the transition to solid foods. If they see you eating vegetables and fruits, they will want to do the same! 

The same goes for physical exercise. Involving your baby in your workouts, even if they just watch, shows them the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Healthy habits are easier to instill at a young age.

You Got This!

Don’t worry, new moms and new dads! You are your baby’s best advocate and caregiver. Trust yourself and your instincts, and know that no matter what, you will do an awesome job. If there is one thing all new parents need, it is time to rest. 

Here at Little Yawn Collective, we create products to help your little ones sleep easier with melatonin-free products specially formulated for children, and backed by science - so you can rest easy too! 

 

Sources:

How Parent Support Groups Can Help | Childmind Institute

Healthy Eating (for Parents) | Nemours KidsHealth

Losing your identity after having a baby | Tommy's Org

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