Having your first child is as exciting as it is daunting. It’s exciting because you’ve just welcomed a cute new member into your family. It’s daunting because you’re now responsible for a new life. It’s enough to make anyone’s head spin.
So, take a deep breath, try to relax, and read this article. Here, you’ll find our top tips for first-time parents, just like you!
1. No one’s Perfect
People have been raising children for hundreds of years, and we still haven’t cracked the code on how to raise them perfectly. We’re not telling you this to scare you, but to help take some of the pressure off. No one has been or ever will be a perfect parent. All you can do is your best. You don’t need to know everything, and you certainly won’t get everything right – and that’s ok. All that matters is that you learn as much as you can, and do the best you can.
2. Accept help when it comes
Despite what some people may have you believe, almost no one raises a child on their own. This is where the phrase “it takes a village” comes from. It’s not going to be easy, so take help when it comes. If your friends offer to babysit, take them up on it. If your parents offer to take your baby so you can go away or have a break, say yes!
3. Pick the right Cartoons
With the countless hours of kids content available, it can feel impossible to know what is best for your child. Streaming services cost money, and traditional TV is filled with ads for children’s products. So, what do you choose? We recommend free kids cartoons on YouTube that are as fun as they are educational.
4. White noise helps minimise noise
Getting your baby to sleep can feel like an impossible task a lot of the time. White noise – be it a fan, or from a playlist – can help to keep your baby calm and drift off for the night. Investing in a small speaker and finding a good playlist can solve a lot of your problems.
5. Sleep when they Sleep
Your sleep is just as important as your child’s. Trying to sleep when they’re awake is a challenge though. This is why parents for generations have always recommended sleeping when your child sleeps. It’s one of the most effective ways to catch up on your rest.
6. Make time for your Partner
Whilst we’re sure you’ll both be excited about your new arrival, you still have a relationship to maintain. Much like your child, your relationship needs care, nurturing, and attention to survive. Try to steal some time to maintain the connection with your partner, and remind each other of how you feel.
We could give you a hundred more tips about being a parent, but we think these 6 will help you get on the path to success. Good luck, and congratulations!