5 Things I'd Tell New Parents

Friday, May 29, 2015


I don't think anything can prepare you for what it is like to be a parent. When I was pregnant I was told so many things to expect, but the reality was very different. The emotions you experience when you have just become a parent make the whole experience very intense - both in a good and bad way. So I thought that I would list the things that I would tell a parent of a newborn:

1. It gets easier. The first few weeks are hard. You're adjusting to life with a new member of the family. One who has to be fed every 3 hours, who cries as their only way of communication and who relies on you for everything. You're probably exhausted and in dire need of a shower and some proper food. But I promise, as each week passes it gets a little easier and although the game is always changing, you know your baby better.

2. It's okay to cry. I cried every day from the day I found out I needed to be induced until Zach was over a month old. Sometimes I cried with pure joy - I couldn't believe that I was so lucky to have a gorgeous, healthy little boy and a loving partner. Other days it was because I was exhausted and it was all getting to be a bit much. But whatever the reason, its okay. I always felt so much better after crying and letting out my feelings.

3. You're not alone. I have no actual proof for this, but I'm pretty sure that a lot of first time parents struggle with certain aspects of looking after their newborn baby. Be it the lack of sleep, issues with feeding and so on. And if you need it there's support out there - be it professional such as health visitors or social at baby groups and so on. There's always someone who you can talk to.

4. Feed your baby how you want. The breast feeding vs bottle feeding debate is pretty big in the media right now. My advice would simply be do what works best for you, your baby and your family. If you breastfeed, great. If you bottle feed, that's great too! The most important things are that your baby is being fed and you are happy.

5. Take lots of photos. I have taken hundreds of photos since Zach is born but sometimes I wish I had taken more. Time goes so fast when you have a baby and I think it's so amazing that we can capture it all. I can't wait to show Zach all the photos of him as a baby when he's older, and look back at how tiny he was!

What would you tell new parents?


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4 comments

  1. These are great tips! Especially number 1. It took us probably 6 months for things to settle in and for awhile I felt like there was no end in site but there was and it would have been able to get through had I known that! K x #thelist

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    1. It does feel like it's never ending for a while doesn't it?! xxx

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  2. Nodding all the way through! Great tips :) Thanks for linking up to #TheList xx

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