No parent is perfect! Whether they are the parents of a teen or those of an infant, everyone makes a few mistakes. At least the others have some first hand knowledge in the art of parenting, but parents to newborn have only started taking their baby steps in this alien domain.
If you are a new parent, there is no need to worry. You shall learn gradually. However, you should also be aware of the mistakes most new parents do so that you do not repeat them.
Given are the top 5 mistakes every new parent makes.
Not Allowing Babies to Cry it Out
The moment your little one lets out a whimper you dash in his direction, pick him up and try to soothe him. We always associate crying with discomfort and pain and therefore we feel the need to attend to a crying baby immediately. If your baby is in good health, eats well and is diapered comfortably, you needn’t worry about his crying.
Every baby cries. And, you’ve not been a bad parent by letting your baby cry it out for a while. In fact letting your baby cry out sometimes can actually offer him relief. However, do not neglect the crying if the cause is a fever, stomach ache, vomiting or rash.
Mixing up a Vomit and Spit up
New parents often confuse a spit up and a mix up. However, it is easy to tell the difference between the two. Vomiting is a forceful emptying of the stomach contents and may be caused by indigestion or a gastrointestinal virus. A spit up on the other hand is like some of the stomach contents coming back into the mouth accidentally after burping or when trying to burp. Spiting up is normal and may happen frequently.
Stressing and Panicking about Everything
A new mom worries excessively about everything and anything. There are so many things new parents panic about – Is the baby sleeping well? Is the baby getting enough to eat? Are my actions hurting the baby? Why is the baby crying so much? Is a spit up normal? These are only a handful of the things new parents worry about.
The responsibility of caring for a newborn makes these worries legitimate, but you should not stress about it unnecessarily. Panicking about everything and anything will deprive you a chance to enjoy your baby’s first year.
Neglecting Your Marriage
Baby becomes No. 1 priority for the mother. She thinks of him at all times. Agreed, the baby depends entirely on you and needs proper attention. However, you should not let the arrival of the baby take a toll on your relationship. Your relationship with your spouse is equally important. Try to strike a balance between the two.
Not Taking Care of Yourself
You may spend most of your time looking after your little peanut and fulfilling his demands. However, amidst the hours of baby care you need to dedicate some time to yourself. Dress up, put on some makeup, pursue a hobby or anything else that makes you happy. You will not be able to care for your new family unless you are healthy and happy.