Ten things every new parent should do
Being a new parent is a thrilling, yet occasionally worrying time. The realisation that your precious bundle of joy is now entirely reliant upon you can add increasing pressure to an already hectic lifestyle. Outlined below are ten practical tips that any new parent of a six-month-old child should take time to review.
1. You can never take enough pictures or video
Documenting this important time in your lives is the perfect way to keep your memories fresh and the best way to do that is by taking photographs or video regularly. They can provide hours of amusement for you and your children in later years.
2. Never be afraid to ask for help
At times, being a new parent can seem daunting and overwhelming. Don’t panic, there is help available. Speak to your health visitor, family and friends to see how they coped. Never be afraid to ask for help if you think you or your baby needs it.
3. Try to keep to your baby budget
There are just so many cute baby clothes and toys around these days that it is so easy to spend a fortune. Remember, your baby may grow very quickly and as such, if you have made a budget for your baby, then try to stick to it. It will pay off in the long-term!
4. Check the state of your baby’s cot mattress and replace if necessary
Your child’s cot mattress will take a lot of wear and tear during its first twelve months and as a result, can show signs of wear and tear quickly. Check the condition of the mattress and if it looks in a poor state then do not panic, you can order a new cot mattress very cheaply and some companies even offer a 12 month guarantee for their mattresses!
5. Find a worthy destination for outgrown clothes
Your baby will grow very, very quickly and soon you will have a cupboard filled with clothes that are now too small. Rather than have them cluttering up your home, find a good home for them. Either a family member or friend who is expecting, or a charity shop, are good to donate to. Alternatively, you can even sell items online.
6. Interact with your baby and give them new experiences daily
Babies learn through mimicking and interacting with people and the environment, so get yourself and your baby into new situations. Enrol your child at the library and read them a book, take them swimming or head to the park. Not only are these hugely enjoyable family trips but they are fantastic for both you and your baby.
7. Establish your nighttime routine
A lack of sleep is one of the major problems facing new parents and one of the best ways to help alleviate that is to ensure your baby gets into a routine so that they are primed to sleep better for longer. It may take a while to establish, but when your baby recognises the signs it is time to sleep, eventually they will do so!
8. Devise a toy rota
Your baby experiences so much through play, but many parents overload their child with hundreds of toys for them to play with. Instead of that, just select a few toys from those your child has available and swap them around frequently. This will help keep your child’s mind alert and inquisitive as well as keeping the toys in better condition for longer.
9. Any concerns, contact your health centre immediately
You know your child better than anybody else, so if you have any concerns then do not hesitate to contact a health professional immediately for advice or a consultation. If you have a concern for your baby’s well being then don’t ever view that as trivial. Seek advice.
10. Take a little time for you!
Yes, you may be a new parent, but you are also a human being too and it is important you have a little ‘me’ time when you can. Giving yourself an hour or two away from being mum or dad, doing something you enjoy can be as rewarding for your baby as it is for you. By The Mattress Factory
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