Making the transition from a relaxed and chilled out lifestyle to the chaos and panic that the arrival of a new baby brings, can be something of a shock to the system. The quiet life must be put on hold for a few months, and with a little research and a whole lot of preparation, one can manage to survive the initial shock of becoming a parent. If this is about to happen to you, here are some invaluable tips to help make the transition a smooth one.
- Stay Calm – This is perhaps the most important single piece of advice for a new parent. Yes, the baby looks, and is, extremely delicate, and can almost consume your anxiety and concern levels, but emotion never helps in any situation, especially when dealing with a newborn infant. You obviously need a game plan and would be preparing for the new arrival’s homecoming a few weeks prior to the big day. Once everything is in place, you can relax a little, and you can actively seek out online advice on how to hold a newborn baby, as well as essential reading on the topic of accommodating a newborn.
- Be Prepared – Taking care of a newborn requires round the clock care, and there are no shortcuts, and with the expected level of concern, a parent can feel quite inadequate and subsequently does not embrace the task. A few hours of Internet browsing would certainly open your eyes, and with the help of informative websites, you can soon develop a level of self-confidence that will ensure you can handle anything.
- Create the Right Environment – Your baby is still very much developing after birth, unlike some species that can run immediately and are able to avoid predators from the word go, yet the human requires motherly care and attention for a long period, and the first few months of life, the child is totally dependent on the parents for everything. The sounds should be soft and natural and temperature should be constant, with not too much bright light, and by ensuring there are no sudden loud noises, your baby will always feel safe and secure.
- Listen to the Experts – Child care is taken seriously all over the world, and the benefits of experience have been documented and are available online, which means that anyone can develop a valuable insight into a new, and as of yet, untried world, enabling them to make a smooth transition to parenthood. The initial few days are crucial, so read a few parents’ comments about how they deal with that, and more importantly, how they overcame any issues.
- Be Well Prepared – The homecoming of mother and baby is a time for celebration, but it is also something that must be meticulously planned. Baby wipes, diapers, potions, lotions and creams must all be in abundance, along with things like a crib and bathing facilities, not to mention food and clothing. It really should be viewed as a major logistical challenge to create the right environment for mother and baby, and with round the clock care essential, you and your partner both need to make necessary sacrifices, at least for a few months.
- Educate Yourself – Having a newborn at home isn’t anything unusual and human beings have brought new generations into this world for thousands of years, and there is a wealth of information online, and a few hours of browsing should illuminate you regarding the tasks involved, and also about the right environment to create.
While it can be extremely tiring and stressful, with a little planning, the first week of parenthood can be a very rewarding experience for both parents and baby, and it is hoped that you will all look back with fond memories of the special occasion.