ThinkstockAs you all would agree, you’re so fixated on the approaching birth of your child that you’ve hardly thought about those first few weeks that you would get to spend as a new family will be like.

Unlike electronic gadgets, babies don’t come with a guidebook. If you want to learn how they function though there’s definitely no shortage of books, people and experts to give you their guidance and judgment. And that’s our first mistake!

Listening to Others

Books and mother-in-law’s can be helpful at times, but you are the only person who knows your baby the best. Not listing to our instincts is one of our biggest mistakes. We’re too quick to search the internet, to listen to the specialists and not trust ourselves.Listening to your baby should be most important than listening to other people.

New parenthood and exhaustion go hand in hand, so make sure that sleep is your top priority and work out how you’ll get as much sleep as you can. Some parent-tested tacticsconsist of napping when the baby is napping, getting into a habit to nurse lying down so you can rest along with the baby and exchanging shifts with your spouse.
While experienced grandparents and books are great, you’re the expert, when it comes to your baby. So listen to your instinct, because every baby and every parent is unique.

Doingyour Homework

All baby care related chores, like bathing and breastfeeding are learned chores that get easier over time with practice. Watching videos and reading will make you better equipped for what’s to come.Find out what resources are available in your community for new-parent by contacting your doctor, caregiverorcommunity centre.

Arrange Support

Arrange for a helping hand to do the cooking, houseworkand other tasks so you can dedicateall your energy in recovering from child-birth and caring for the baby and yourselves.

Bond with your Partner

Find time for a few heart-to-heart conversations before the baby’s arrival, especially about how you’re going to distribute your time for baby care and other tasks.

Sleep Time

New parenthood and exhaustion go hand in hand, so make sure that sleep is your top priority and work out how you’ll get as much sleep as you can. Some parent-tested tacticsconsist of napping when the baby is napping, getting into a habit to nurse lying down so you can rest along with the baby and exchanging shifts with your spouse.

While experienced grandparents and books are great, you’re the expert, when it comes to your baby. So listen to your instinct, because every baby and every parent is unique.