Being a new parent is a unique and extraordinary experience. You get all sorts of help from the internet, friends, family, etc. and yet you are quite alone in this journey. You make mistakes as a new parent and don’t even realize that you are making them.
In order to help you out, here’s a list of the most common mistakes new parents make. If you succeed in avoiding them, you will feel great about the first steps you take as a new parent.
1. Being A Superhero
Many new parents make the mistake of not accepting help even from their close relatives and taking on too much alone. Don’t make this mistake as you are bound to do something wrong if you put too much on your plate and don’t have enough energy to handle it all.
2. Neglecting Your Partner
If you get too wrapped up in the baby that your partner starts feeling neglected, it will harm your relationship. Try to give equal attention to your baby and your partner. Go to dinner with your partner every week to keep things sparking between you.
3. Not Keeping Records
Time really flies when your baby is growing so keep a camera handy. Capture the first word, the first crawl, the first smile and many other precious moments. You can also opt for writing your experiences down. You will never regret it. You may also want to purchase a baby memory book to easily record all of your babies precious moments.
4. Overlooking Your Instincts
If you are a new parent, you’ll get tons of advice on how to do things right. While it’s okay to accept the best advice, don’t start avoiding your parental instincts. After all, it’s a question of you and your baby’s well-being. It is always smart to listen to our gut feelings.
5. Setting Up Targets for Your Baby
Parents also make the grave mistake of setting up targets for their little ones. They expect a baby to crawl at a specific age, start using words at a specific age and even walk at a specific age. Please understand that every child has a different path to developing his or her skills. You just need to let it be and cherish it. Don’t compare your baby with another baby ever.
6. Avoiding Your Own Well-Being
Most parents get so involved in taking care of their baby that they don’t take care of themselves. Not sleeping much, not eating enough are a few steps they take towards neglecting themselves. Don’t do that. Stick to your own schedule while making one for your baby.
7. Being House Bound
Many parents get so attached to the baby’s need that they don’t get fresh air. They get deliveries of products at home and end up feeling frustrated after a few days. Divide your duties with the spouse and allow yourself to take a morning or evening walk alone or meet your friends after a few days. Believe me, you’ll feel rejuvenated.
8. Stressing Out
Yes, bringing a baby into the world is a big responsibility but you don’t need to worry too much as soon as he or she starts breathing. Planning for the future and thinking about finances is a good thing but don’t start graying your hair over what your baby will wear on the wedding day. You must do your best and let things go on at their own pace.