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Adjusting to Becoming a Parent
Having your first baby is a very rewarding experience -- something that many new mums won’t admit to until after
their baby has grown. Once the baby comes, you will feel love that you
never knew existed, but you will also feel terrified, exhausted,
frustrated and stressed. Parenthood is a steep learning curve, but the
following tips will help you cope and get to the point where you love
your new role.
the first few months especially, you will find caring for a newborn to
be time-consuming, dirty, sometimes mundane and often hectic -- and you
will do it all while sleep deprived. You may find this to be a huge jolt
from the existence you knew before, like when you lived a carefree life
with few responsibilities and your weekends and evenings were free.
you feel like you can’t cope with the constant demands, this is normal.
Just make sure you always speak up and ask for help instead of trying
to be the hero. There is absolutely no such thing as perfect parenting,
but as long as you love your baby and learn to trust your instincts, you
will get through it!
Yourself, the mother
the moment it probably feels impossible, but don’t be afraid to take
time for yourself, even if it’s 10 minutes of peace in the shower. It’s
not being selfish! If you’re a single mother this will obviously be more
difficult, but if you have a partner then enlist their help so you can
do one thing for yourself each day that doesn’t involve your child, such
as exercising, reading, writing, going shopping or talking with a
friend. Even getting out for a walk with your baby can be a great way to re-energise; just remember to wear a comfortable nursing top and bring your diaper bag with you in case of emergencies!
some point you will feel ready to take advantage of babysitting offers
from friends and family. While it may feel wrong for you to go anywhere
without your baby, remember that it’s important to take time to do
things that will keep you healthy and happy so that you can be a better
caregiver for your baby.
beauty rest, it’s the parents’ relationship that often suffers the most
during those early months of parenthood. It’s important that you and
your partner acknowledge from the start that having a baby will be
difficult, and make a promise that you will always talk about your
problems and frustrations.
major issue is generally that parents become so wrapped up in parenting
that they forget to make time for each other, which can damage the
relationship. You may find your roles in the relationship will change,
which can be very hard for both parties, and especially in heterosexual
relationships when traditional gender roles become strengthened.
lessen the impact of these changes, resolve to work as a team and be
respectful of each other’s roles. Additionally, even though you may have
less time than you did before, it’s crucial that you still spend as
much quality time together as possible.
all, remember that the baby stage of your parenthood doesn’t last
forever. Older children bring problems of their own, so enjoy the baby
stage while it lasts!
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