The first year with your baby can be a very stressful time. Whether this is your first child or your fourth, every baby is different. This is an amazing time in your life, but you may be feeling overwhelmed. There are so many changes that are occurring in your life right now and taking the time to enjoy them can seem impossible. Here are seven tips to enjoy your baby’s first year.
Treat baby ailments
During the first year, babies will get sick. This is a normal part of their development. Babies need to be exposed to germs so that they can develop their immune systems and become healthier adults. This doesn’t mean that it is an enjoyable part of parenting.
Constipation, diarrhea, colds and diaper rash are common ailments during the first year. There are various home remedies that can be done to deal with all of these ailments. It is important to treat your baby effectively so that it doesn’t develop into something more serious. You can treat a diaper rash with home remedies fairly effectively since nearly one in four infants will develop it in the first month. Keeping the area clean and dry is the front line of defense. As with any illness, you may need to seek medical attention if the condition worsens.
Limit the amount of stuff
Babies really don’t need as much stuff as everyone thinks. During the first year, your baby grows so quickly. It feels like they only have a chance to wear an outfit once before they are outgrowing it. Decide what is really important for you to buy.
You don’t have to buy everything new. There are lots of good used baby items available. Consider borrowing items from friends or family. Many baby things get so little use, that even having used items is almost like having brand new ones.
Ask for help
You don’t have to do everything by yourself. It may feel like you are admitting defeat if you have to ask for help. Asking for help is not a sign of weakness, but of strength. It means that you know your limits.
The best way to help your partner to feel more involved is to ask them for help. This can be something simple like taking out the trash. Right now, it is all about baby and you, and your partner might be feeling a little neglected. If you have other children, this is a good opportunity to get them involved. If they see that you are willing to trust them with tasks, they are less likely to feel jealous of a new sibling.
You may even need to ask someone outside of your household for help. This can be a great way to get other family members involved or to make new friends. There is nothing wrong with asking for help. Sometimes it does take a village to raise a child.
Get some sleep
Sleep is extremely important for everyone. If you don’t get enough sleep, you will have a hard time taking care of your baby. It is also important for your baby to get enough sleep so that they can continue to grow and develop. Co-sleeping with your baby can cause a lot of controversies. Sleeping with your baby is not a bad thing if you do it safely.
There are lots of products that allow this to happen and give your baby a safe space to sleep with you. There is no wrong way to get your baby to sleep as long as it works for you and your family. It is more important that you both get much-needed sleep in order to function at your best.
Have a schedule
The easiest way to maintain your sanity during the first year is to stick to a schedule. Your baby needs structure so that they know what is going to happen next. Setting a bedtime or naptime can help everyone in the household get some downtime. This also serves to help you get through those tough days. There are so many tips to enjoy your baby’s first year, but the best one is to create a schedule.
You don’t have to be the best parent in the world, you just need to be the best parent that you can be for your baby. If the house isn’t clean, or you forgot to do the laundry; it’s not the end of the world. Don’t worry about getting everything done. Take the time to enjoy your baby because they are growing each day. You won’t get that time back with them.
Babies are tougher than they look. Just take care of them and let them know that you love them. There are no perfect parents in the world. Everyone makes mistakes and panicking doesn’t help the situation. Just do your best and love your baby.
Take time for yourself
If you don’t take time for yourself, you will only burn yourself out. You need to have downtime too so that you can recharge. Many parents feel as though they have lost their identities after the birth of a child. Taking a few minutes to yourself can help you to re-establish who you are.
Don’t neglect your partner. Chances are pretty good that they are experiencing some of the same feelings that you are. Work on your relationship to be a better parenting team. Postpartum depression is more likely to occur in women that feel isolated. Surround yourself with a support network that will allow you to still be the person that you were before the baby was born.
The first year is a time of great change. Every parent chooses to raise their baby differently. There is no wrong way to raise a child. Giving your child unconditional love and making sure that they are taken care of is really the important part. Hopefully, these tips to enjoy your baby’s first year have helped you to be confident with your abilities as a parent.