Parenting Tips that are Super Helpful
As soon as I announced my pregnancy news, the one thing I received from people around me was parenting advice. The advice came from grandparents, parents, friends, family, extended family and other expectant mothers. While a few told me how my life is going to change completely, some told me it’s going to be the most beautiful phase of my life. My friend told me I would need a stroller, while my granny advised me on what and when to feed my baby.
I was bombarded with tips even before the baby was born, but truth prevails that if not immediately on the parenting journey, you would feel that these tips were a lifesaver.
Here are a few top Parenting tips I received, and I will always cherish:
- Sometimes It is okay to vent out: My School friend Pragya has 5 Kids, yes you read it right 5 beautiful Kids. She says sometimes I need some “me” time and that is when I walk away to breathe and then return to all the chaos from a completely different perspective.
- Go for dates during the early parenting: Do not think that you have been caged and cannot move out. Take your baby with you to the restaurant, the background noise will help them sleep. You would not be able to do it more often when they have a set bedtime and sleeping routine.
- Trust your Instincts: As a new mother, this was the best advice from my aunt. She said stop caring about what others think, just listen to your instincts. If you think you are doing the best for the baby, do not think about what people around you think.
- Feed the baby what you eat: When my first child was ready to eat solid foods, I was unsure what to start with. It is best that the baby gets used to what you eat and the taste the family is used to. Just chop it very small and let the baby try the adult food when they are young.
- Make your Home Colourful and Tidy: My friend with Twins gave me super advice to invest in some colourful and stackable baskets to store baby’s stuff. It was a parenting + interior designing advises from her.
- Filter conversations: Do not listen to people saying “oh my baby started sitting when she was 5 months old and walking while she was 9 months”. Every baby is different and has his/her own pace.
- You do not have to tip-toe a sleeping baby. The baby should get used to a little background noise and still be able to sleep. This will make sure you do not have to take him/her to a silent place to make them sleep.
- Early bedtime is essential: Putting the baby to sleep earlier can often help them sleep longer.
- Label the baby medicines: As weird as it sounds, it will come in most handy when you are not around.
- Do not go overboard: Do not buy too much stuff before the baby arrives. The fact remains you won’t know how much you need after the baby is born.
To sum it up, Food plays a huge role in building the stamina and immunity in a kid. It is important to keep trying different tastes and combinations. Using pureed or mashed fruits as a sweetener is a good option. Do not introduce the baby to too much salt and sugar initially. Enjoy the journey, cause Until You have a baby, you won’t know how much you were missing one