Being a new mum/parent is exhausting, time consuming, sleep depriving and not too pocket friendly (lol).
As new parents, we find ourselves in a whole new level and realm that we know absolutely nothing about. This new parent guide will keep you on track.
7 Common new parent mistakes to avoid
1. Listening to too many people
Whether you ask or not, everyone around will have a piece of advise for you. Know this mama, only your opinion counts. Don’t get me wrong, it’s okay for you to ask your doctor or medical practitioner when it’s health related. Just don’t drown yourself in all the side comments from every guest that comes to see you and your baby.
2. Thinking Maternity leave is a holiday
Haha! maternity leave is like starting a new job, with a very demanding and vocal boss who doesn’t even know the difference between day and night. But don’t worry, you’ll make it mama.
3. Neglecting your Partner
It’s easy to drown in the new responsibility of taking care of your baby and in awe of his cuteness to remember you have a spouse that equally needs attention. Don’t forget, you have a newborn, a new mum and a new dad born at the same time.
4. Not prioritizing yourself
Sometimes you have to get selfish with your ‘me time’. If you have someone around, sneak as much time alone to rest as you can afford. Don’t neglect yourself and rest time. If you breakdown, you’ll be forced to take a break. Don’t get to that point.
5. Not asking for help
Even super heroes ask for help and back up. We all need a support system. A support system is any one (partner, nanny, give giver, mum) that shares the responsibility of nurturing your baby with you. For example, you can express breast milk into a bottle for your partner to feed your baby while you get some sleep. Try not to take on too much, ask for help, especially when available.
6. Worrying too much
It’s hard not to worry when every cough sounds like pneumonia and every rash appears like a skin eating disease. I get it. But worrying won’t help get things better. When in doubt, ask your doctor.
7. Comparing your baby to others
This is the biggest mistake ever. There is no point comparing your child to others. Every child will walk, talk and have their teeth break through. Babies follow their body clock when it comes to developmental milestones. If you think your baby is behind crushing some milestones, speak with his/her doctor to clear your doubts.