HOW TO HANDLE THE STRESS OF A NEW BABY

 

post natal stress

When they are born, they are cute and perfect. Most parents especially a first time parent cannot anticipate the insane amount of work that taking care of a child requires. One thing every parent needs to know is that everyone is different and it is normal to get overwhelmed with all the things you have to do for your kid. How will I handle the stress and still continue taking great care of my baby? Here are some simple yet effective tips:

Talk to other parents

mums-big-group

While most magazine pictures show a happy mom and dad with a toddler, this is not always the case in real life. This is because when it comes to real life kids are a lot of hard work and most parent are exhausted and overwhelmed. Sometimes all you need to cope is talking to someone who is going through t a similar situation as you. This will not only eliminate any self esteem issues, but will also help you form a trustworthy and supportive community that keeps you going in tough times.

They may look little and fragile, they can be little monsters sometimes especially when cranky!

Consult with your doctor

check in with pedeatrician

 

As a parent with a newborn baby, every new thing you notice when it comes to the health of your child will excessively worry you. One of the best ways to deal with this is by simply calling your doctor. This does mean obsessively dialling your paediatrician every time you notice a small cough. Some indications that a doctor is necessary include a fever, crying more than usual and a rash. The great news is that once that little bundle of joy arrives you will have parental instincts, never ignore them.

It is not your fault

you are not a bad parent

One of the biggest negative feelings that most parents grapple with is feeling inadequate and incapable. Sometimes it is as simple as being incapable of making the calm down when they are crying. Just because someone else was able to calm them down and you were not doesn’t mean that you are a bad parent. As a rule of thumb, always do your best.

Everyone needs help sometimes

kids laughing

They may look little and fragile, they can be little monsters sometimes especially when cranky! When you feel overwhelmed or emotionally exhausted get some help. Getting help does not make you a bad parent, it simply makes you a responsible one who recognises the fact that they need to full of energy and positive when taking care of their little ones.

 

  • Spend quality time with your baby
quality time with your baby
mom and baby playing

Getting to know your baby, their temperament, what they like and even what makes them comfortable is extremely important. This is because it will make it easier for you to calm them down more easily. This is particularly important in the beginning.  Hold the baby closely and look into their eyes this is how they get to bond with you. Gently sing and talk to them as you carry them close.

One of the biggest negative feelings that most parents grapple with is feeling inadequate and incapable

Finally, it is important to remember that parenting is no easy fete particularly if you are new at it. Be prepared for physical exhaustion and being emotionally trained. With this tips you will navigate parenting more swiftly and without having an physical or emotional breakdown