Despite the fact that people have been raising children for thousands of years, being a new parent is still incredibly daunting (you’d think we would have figured it out by now). As a new mom, there can often feel like there is extra pressure to get things right and impress all the mothers that have gone before you.
To help, and take some of the pressure off, here are some effective parenting tips for first-time moms.
Be kind to yourself
First thing’s first, you’re human. You’re not going to get everything right and that’s ok, you aren’t supposed to. This by no means is permission to slack off, but hopefully, it means you can sleep a little easier. Just do your best and give yourself room to be less than perfect.
Ask for help
You’ve probably heard some version of the phrase “it takes a village”. Well, this is because it’s fairly accurate. No one expects you and your partner to raise your child alone because it’s basically impossible. So, when some offers to babysit, take them up on it. If someone offers advice or second-hand goods, take them. Many hands make light work after all (That’s two cliches for those counting).
Get screen time right
In today’s world of apps and virtual reality, screens are unavoidable – provided that you wish to remain within modern society. The trick is to get screen time right. For example, there are some great free kids cartoons that are both educational and fun. Choosing this content can take the guilt out of handing your newborn a tablet.
A key thing that kids need is consistency. This means a regular bedtime, meals at a similar time, and consistency on things like praise and discipline. This helps them to learn how to be better behaved and get some much-needed sleep.
Being a parent can be tough, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! Play games, make a mess and don’t be afraid to let out your inner child.
Let your partner take over
The old stereotypes of moms being solely responsible for raising their children are over. Get your partner to help with everything – it’s their child too! Plus if you actually delivered this child, it’s likely that you’ll be pretty tired – to put it lightly.
Don’t forget about your health
As a mom, you’ll want to protect your child from every disease, bug, and germ. Don’t forget about your health though! Make sure that you eat well, look after your mental well being, and rest when you can. The more you look after yourself, the more you’ll be able to look after your little one.
Trust your instincts
Remember how your mom always had a sixth sense? As a parent, you’ll have a similar thing. If things don’t seem right, trust your gut, and get to the bottom of it.
Follow these tips and you’ll be one step closer to being a more confident mom. Good luck!