Hiccups of Being a New Mother
Being a mom is an everyday challenge... It is exciting as you get to know a lot about the newborn. Each Milestone is memorable and enjoyable like baby’s first movement, the first time he sits on his own, first crawl, the first time he gets up on his own, his first walk, his first teeth and the list is endless. It is also true that with these memories come with many questions about diaper rashes to how to make him sleep through the night and so on. My Husband and I often find ourselves grappling with the early parenting questions. While each baby is different, there are a few ways to ease and soothe the baby, and this blog will tell you all about it.
1. I have sleepless nights and feel lethargic the entire day
• One of the most common problems and often the only complaint parents have with their babies. To address this, you can create conditions that provide cues to the baby that it is now time to rest.
• Making your baby sleep through the night requires a little more effort than just putting him to bed. Each baby needs a routine, and thus, research proves that infants that go to bed at almost the same time have less trouble falling asleep. If the baby is active during the nights a soft massage or a warm bath may help in soothing him down.
2. Is picking up and pacifying my baby every time she cries a bad idea?
• Babies often use crying as a language to communicate, that does not mean that they will be dependent on you in the future. It also does not mean that you must respond immediately when they are cranky. By delaying soothing her as soon as she cries, you can train her to relieve herself.
3. Baby gets sick too often what do I do?
• Make sure you breastfeed your infant as far as possible, breastfeeding makes their immune system stronger and are less prone to diseases.
• Always make sure the baby is free of nasal infections. When the baby has dry respiratory passages, he might be more inclined to infections.
• Keep the sleeping place as clean as possible. Do not keep stuffed toys and products such as perfumes and hairsprays close to him. These products are harmful and collect fine dust which might infect the baby.
• Get regular check-ups done from a good paediatrician and remember the schedules for vaccines.
4. How can I ask my Husband to help with the daily chores?
• Being a mother can be exhausting at times, sharing the load with your husband makes it fun and gets the baby closer to parents.
• Go for a day out and leave the baby with the husband, it is an excellent way to get a break and an even better way to give them daddy baby time.
• Do not question his parenting skills. Give him the space to handle the baby on his own. Constant guidance on how to handle the baby might irritate him.
5. How do I balance my Job with Parenting?
• It is vital to maintaining the attachment with your baby if you are a working mom.
• Share the household duties with your husband to make sure you both get enough time with the baby.
• Cuddle him and feed him when you return from work, this is a fantastic way to bond with the baby.
6. Is my baby getting adequate nutrition?
• Breastfeeding offers your child all the nutrition required during the first six months. Make sure if you are a stay at home mom, you keep your baby only on breastfeeding for six months.
• It is normal for babies to lose weight after birth. If he puts on a little weight, it is an indication that he is getting enough nutrition.
All in all, the key to good parenting is being responsive. If you understand your baby’s cues, you will always know what he needs or wants. There is no perfect way of parenting after all “Parenting is a process. It is a daily learning experience”.