Although we have different experiences in caring for a child, the challenges new parents face are often all the same. You could read all the parenting books and still feel like it’s not enough. The truth is, parenting takes more than just learning from theories. It relies heavily on application and experience. These challenges can sometimes be too much, but it doesn’t mean that we can’t overcome them.
Here are 5 of the most common challenges new parents face and how they can deal them.
Just when you think your little tyke is sound asleep, you hear them cry and scream at the top of their lungs. Young babies need about 16 to 17 hours of sleep a day. But they usually don’t stay asleep for more than two to four hours at a time during their first few weeks.
Creating a bedtime ritual, calming them back to sleep by feeding them, and trying various sleeping positions can help. You should also look for possible reasons why they have trouble sleeping, such as tight pajamas or an unconfutable bed.
New parents need to share responsibilities when caring for their child. Moms often complain about how exhausted they become because dads don’t help out. However, most men don’t even know where to start when it comes to taking care of a baby.
Mom should teach dad techniques that work. Dad also needs to have time together with the baby so he can discover his own way of doing things. Mom needs to trust dad in taking care of the baby by himself by not immediately stepping in when things gets out of hand.
Of the common challenges new parents face, a sick baby is the most concerning. New parents panic when their baby gets sick. They become very anxious and do everything they can to make the baby feel better.
The best way to help keep your baby healthy is through breastfeeding. A mother’s milk contains all the vital nutrients a baby needs. Another way to make the baby feel better is by cleaning the place where the baby sleeps and stays most of the time. Regular check-ups with the pediatrician is also a must.
Nowadays, it’s common for both parents to work. Balancing the time caring for the baby and the time for work can be difficult. Oftentimes, we end up feeling that we are neglecting our jobs to take care for the baby or vice versa.
The best way to deal with this is to set a schedule where both of you have work and parenting time balanced. If this isn’t possible, consider getting a caregiver to help out.
Babies have certain developmental milestones. For instance, at four months, they should be able to hold their heads steady without support. When a baby doesn’t meet their developmental milestones, parents often worry.
Keep in mind that milestones are not indications of a baby’s intelligence or a trophy for good parenting. Milestones are just rough guides. A baby’s physical and mental development may come later compared to others. There’s no need to stress if your baby hasn’t reached their milestone yet; they likely just need more time.
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Parenting. 2017. “The Top 10 Concerns of New Parents.” Accessed on June 10, 2017. http://www.parenting.com/article/the-top-10-concerns-of-new-parents.