Welcoming a newborn baby into the world is indeed an adventure. You've got the diapers, the clothes, and the baby room in order. But somehow… you're never quite prepared for what is to come. The sleepless nights start to wear on you. A whole person depends entirely on you for every piece of their day. But while there's no real way to prepare for welcoming your little bundle of joy, there are ways to make the transition easier for you.
1. Seek Some Advice
You're not alone in this. Talk to other parents about the newborn phase so you know what to expect. Plenty of people have been through this before, and they might just have some tips and tricks that change the entire dynamic of how you care for your newborn. It could be a particular swaddle that can put you at ease when your baby is asleep. Or maybe it's a magnetic onesie that makes changing diapers a much simpler task. There is a ton of knowledge out there from experienced parents, and they're often happy to share what they've learned.
Talking with your partner and other support system members can be instrumental in creating an atmosphere that's easier to operate within. Don't be afraid to take people up on the offer to help you out. When they say it takes a village, they aren't lying! Work with your support system to assign duties for things that need to get done. Sometimes, assistance with household chores or picking up some groceries can be just the thing you need to keep going.
3. Take it Easy
You'll never get the time that you have with your newborn back. One day will be their last scrunch when you pick them up. Soon, they'll be sitting and squawking and rolling around. You waited a long time to meet this new little person – so enjoy it. There will be days that are easier than others; bask in those. And don't forget: Taking care of yourself is essential to taking better care of them.
4. To Heck with the To-Do's
Don't feel guilty about the chores or your to-do list. Dispensing your energy into many different tasks means dispersing less energy to each of them. Your baby is your priority right now, and they deserve your attention. Try to be okay with the imperfect. The dirty dishes will get washed…eventually. And don't worry; you'll get back into the groove soon.
5. Know Your Resources
We spend so much time preparing for our babies. The nursery is decorated, and the car seat is installed, but learning as much as possible about how to care for your baby is vital. A sound resource for baby's health information is a game changer. Studying up before your baby arrives is much easier than waiting until it's 3 in the morning, the baby is crying, you're leaking, and tensions are at an all-time high.
You got this. And for days when you feel like you don't, rest assured you have resources. The Baby Playbook is your comprehensive guide for baby's first year – created by pediatricians who know what parents need to raise happy, healthy babies. Get access to the Baby Playbook today.