The joys of pregnancy, those hormones taking control making you an indecisive person unsure of what to do next. The influx in hormones alongside the changing in your body can make pregnancy a difficult road to travel, but then you welcome that new bundle of joy into your life and find that you are without a clue what to do as a new parent. Let’s discuss the top 3 mistakes most new parents make.
Taking in too Much Advice
During your pregnancy and well into the many years of parenthood, you will get advice from everyone and their mother. Remember that this new parent chapter is yours to create, while advice on breast or bottle, discipline techniques or when to feed baby new food is appreciated; feel free to politely decline any advice that makes you feel overwhelmed. Taking in too much advice is a mistake that many new parents make because they want to learn how to be a good parent, but at the end of the day weed through all of that advice and figure out what methods are right for you, your baby and your partner.
Making Bath Time Too Hot
New parents should pick up a baby friendly thermometer because that is one of the biggest mistakes new parents make; making their newborn’s bath water too hot. New baby skin is way more sensitive to the hot water temperature than we are, the key is to have a baby friendly water temperature tester or use your wrist to determine the temp of the bath water. Be careful when giving your new baby a bath until you have learned the proper temperature level for baby, the last thing new parents want to do is hurt their little newborn.
Watching Newborn Constantly
It is a great feeling to have that new baby in the home and you will feel that parental urge to watch that baby while it is sleeping, while it is in the crib, while it is doing pretty much anything. New parents often make the mistake of putting their own life on hold when baby arrives; this is a mistake because you will soon find that you lose a piece of who you are in the process. You need to remember that the baby can barely move anywhere at this stage and to take advantage of that fact by doing something for you during nap time and sleep time. Your newborn is not just going to miraculously wake up one day and crawl without giving you signs beforehand.
All Parents Make Mistakes
In all honesty, it doesn’t matter if you are a new parent or a long time parent, every parent will make mistakes, but that’s the joy of parenthood – learning to be okay with not getting everything right the first time. Your child is resilient and from newborn up into teen years, they will still love you even when you make silly mistakes. Enjoy the newborn years as a new parent and remember, we all make mistakes, just remember to learn from every mistake made so that you can grow into a stronger, confident new parent.