Tips To Help You Through Your First Year Of Parenting

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Becoming a parent require a big change. Parents to be are often taunted with phrases like, “sleep while you can” and while these statements do contain some truth, there is no reason why your first year of parenting should not be enjoyed. Having a newborn baby will definitely require a lifestyle change. However, you baby’s infancy is such a short lived time and you will look back at this phase with fondness, one day.

New born babies are not used to big spaces. They have been confined to a small space for 9 months and getting used to large spaces will take some time. Swaddling your little one will do wonders. Babies love to be cuddled and swaddled. This helps them to sleep better and as a result, so will you. Babies often wake at night. For you this means that the chances of getting your 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep are slim. However, you should sleep when baby sleeps. So if baby sleeps for a few hours during the day, you should also try and get some sleep during this time, so that the waking at night doesn’t drain you out.

You must also understand the effect your crying baby will have on you. There are few parents that can handle the sound of their baby crying without feeling like their going insane. This is why the parent who has the most tolerance for baby’s cries should see to baby, while the other walks away and can return when baby has stopped crying to relieve the other parent. Pediatricians and psychologists both agree that you cannot spoil a baby. So carry your baby as often as he or she wants to be carried. Research suggests that babies who are carried cry less. In fact in cultures where babies are carried most of the time, colic is literally non-existent. Looking after a newborn baby is time consuming, so don’t try to focus too much on getting chores and other things around the house done, if your hands are full with baby.

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7 responses to “Tips To Help You Through Your First Year Of Parenting”

  1. babylexi says :

    Thank you for your advice. I’m 27 weeks and people saying “sleep while you can” have started to seriously annoy me:)

  2. thedaydreamingmummy says :

    Litttle bear is now nearly 18 months old. When he was tiny I never managed the “sleep when they sleep” thing but I did learn that 5 hours a night was my minimum requirement to function the next day. My husband and I found a good system to ensure we both got at least this in the first few months. Now we’ve decided that so long as it’s past 5.30am we can cope with the day starting! My advice…listen to the advice of others then adapt it to suit you and your partner, do it together and you can do anything!

  3. Vimala McClure says :

    Reblogged this on Infants, Babies, the Power of Touch and commented:
    Newborn babies are not used to big spaces. They have been confined to a small space for 9 months and getting used to large spaces will take some time. Swaddling your little one will do wonders. Babies love to be cuddled and swaddled. This helps them to sleep better and as a result, so will you. Babies often wake at night. For you this means that the chances of getting your 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep are slim. However, you should sleep when baby sleeps. So if baby sleeps for a few hours during the day, you should also try and get some sleep during this time, so that the waking at night doesn’t drain you out.

  4. Rhoda says :

    Wow! I love these tips! Thanks a lot 🙂

  5. giancarlaramos says :

    I love this! My husband can tolerate our baby’s cries, but when I hear her cry… It stresses me out so much. I always tell him you can’t spoil a baby (now I can show him written proof that I’m not the only one who thinks this… Hahaha!) Anyway, now we have a routine, and we both can sleep when our baby sleeps 🙂

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