Being pregnant and having a baby is one of the most beautiful experiences a couple can go through in their lives and there isn’t a mom-to-be or dad-to-be around that doesn’t need some baby tips to help them in their long journey towards parenthood. We all have these fantasies about what it will be like to be a parent to a bouncing baby boy or girl, but what we don’t know is that there are all these little surprises along the way, some stressful and some amazing.
Many of us wish we knew more about what having a new baby is like, way before we had our little bundles of joy. These are some essential baby tips that you will appreciate knowing before your baby arrives in this great big world.
You Don’t Need Much
So many parents fall into the trap of buying a landslide of toys, baby clothes and nursery decorations. You really don’t need that much when your baby arrives. Most of the time, immediate and extended family buy clothes or second hand clothes, or your baby wears the same outfits every week for a month until he outgrows everything. There is no need to go berserk as you will be given a lot of items to help get you by, whether second hand or as gifts, and you will find that your little one will love playing with a cup and spoon just as much (if not more) as that toy laptop and noisy rattle.
Going Out Will Never Be The Same
When you have a baby and go out to a restaurant, coffee house or mall, things will never be the same as before baby. You will have to change dirty diapers in the worst of places, have to leave restaurants at times due to your lil’ screamer, and what used to be a fast visit to the grocery store, is now a long and massive event. Time shifts when you have a baby. A five minute stop has now become a 45 minute (sometimes stressful) travel experience with your baby. Be prepared to learn some new skills in the patience department.
Whether You Like It or Not, You Will Change
It’s inevitable. You will change when you have a baby. This may include making healthier choices, setting better examples, cutting down on your favorite TV shows, looking at your partner differently and extreme paranoia over everything and anything when it comes to your little one. Believe me, you will never take your free time for granted every again.
You Can Work from Home, But Only to a Point
There are only two times that you will be able to work at home and not pull out your hair. They include from the time your baby is born until they are mobile (even though that period of time can be a topsy turvy work day too) and the time when they are old enough to know that when you are working, you are unavailable for play time and fun. Other than that, you might want to consider extra help or day care if you want to keep your career.
Babies Reach Milestones When They Are Ready
As new parents, we read books like “What to Expect – The First Year” and think our babies should be right on time with milestones such as accepting solids, crawling and walking. Each baby is unique, and we shouldn’t push our babies onto a fast track of growth. One day when they are a teenager or adult, you’ll be missing these precious moments when they could only stay cuddled in your arms.