5 Helpful Tips for New Parents
Having a child is a lot of responsibility. Like, more than you can imagine. Parenting is hard work, and it requires constant care and supervision. Lots of guidebooks and classes are available for new parents to learn the ropes. But for a quick rundown of actions you can remember, check out these 5 tips, perfect for new parents.
Always Pack More Than You Need
For any trip—long or short—it’s crucial that you pack enough food, water, toys, clothes, and diapers. A good rule of thumb is to pack at least one more than you expect you’ll need (more when it comes to diapers and a change of clothes!). You’ll also want to pack more than one toy—babies and toddlers have short attention spans.
They get bored quickly, and they want variety. This doesn’t mean you have to go buy a new toy every time you’re going out. Switch between plastic toys and stuffed animals. Throw in some extra clothes and diapers for any potential messes, too. Bonus tip: pack an extra shirt for you. You’ll thank me later.
Pack Pajamas for an Easy Evening Outfit
Bring a set of pajamas if you plan on staying out past your little one’s bedtime. Car rides can make great napping opportunities for children. If you know you’re going to be out late, bring pajamas for them to switch into so that they’re ready for bed by the time you get home. Pajamas are a cute, comfy way to dress your child. Bonus tip: bring a bottle or food depending on your child’s age so you aren’t rushing home to feed them.
Childproof Your Living Space
To keep your child safe and secure, you’re going to have to childproof your home. This can be overwhelming so think of it in stages. Childproof for where your child is and be aware of the next things that need to be childproofed. Higher shelves aren’t your first concern when they are crawling, but low outlets and small items close to the floors are.
Never leave bath time unattended, as this can lead to drowning. Lock away guns and firearms, which are huge safety risks to children if they happen to get their hands on them. As a new parent, you may also want to consider shelving everything that you do not want broken. You don’t want your child knocking over a precious picture or a family heirloom. A simple solution is to install shelving units higher than your kids’ reach.
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Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help
You don’t have to spend every moment parenting your baby alone. Hire a babysitter, or ask your parents or in-laws to watch your child so that you can enjoy a special night out. If you lack social companionship, join a parents’ group to make friends with other new parents.
There are people to turn to who would be happy to lend a hand in your child’s development. Like the saying goes, raising a child really does take a village.
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Keep Your Healthy Habits
Convenience is key for parents, so you’ll soon find yourself looking for fast meals, sweet treats, and any opportunity to relax. These are fine in moderation, but these habits can build up quickly. It makes sense: raising a child is hard work. Still, don’t neglect your own health given your new responsibilities. This is so hard that it is what I coach women through for my job!
Have a plan and hit your fitness goals!
You may not be able to go to the gym often, but you can start new healthy hobbies with your children. Take your baby for a daily walk in the park. Use this outing as an opportunity to buy healthy snacks, such as fruits or vegetables, for you and your child. Regardless, you don’t have to sacrifice your healthy habits just because you have someone else to care for.
I work with women from preconception through early motherhood, when overwhelm is at an all time high. I would love to help you keep your sanity and boost your confidence as a new mom! Email me at Samantha@simplywellcoaching.com and during your free 20 minute Discovery Call we can decide if you’re a fit for health coaching!