A First-Time Parent’s Guide to Caring for a Newborn

Having a new baby is a very exciting time in your life, and you want to make absolutely sure that you are doing what’s best for the child. As a result, you will likely have a lot of worries, as most new parents do. This guide will help you through the fun and stressful early weeks when you and your baby are getting to know each other.

First-Time Parent?

If this is your first child, you may be concerned that you may not be able to take care of a child. You are not alone in this. When it’s time to bring their new babies home from the hospital, a third of parents feel unprepared.

This is a completely natural feeling that parents, especially first-time parents, experience even if they are in reality extremely well prepared. Bringing home an entirely new human being that will depend on your love, support and care often evokes these feelings in even seasoned parents.

Sleeping Takes A While To Regulate

For the first few weeks after your baby is born, they will likely sleep for most of the day and night and mot babies will wake up 2-3 times during the night for feeding. This is because babies have shorter sleeping cycles than adults do.

To try and get on top of this, sit down with your partner and decide who will handle what feeds. Work out a rough schedule that will allow both of you to take turns getting up during the night and preparing feeds and comforting the baby.

Also, you’ll need as much sleep as you can afford as your body needs some good downtime to heal from the stressful process of giving birth. Your partner will also need time to rest as well so as the saying goes, and it is a good idea for one or both of you to sleep when the baby is sleeping, even if it is only for a short period of time.

Let Your New Baby Guide You in Breastfeeding.

At first, it may feel like your baby is always eating, but you and your baby will slowly fall into a rhythm, and the amount of milk you produce will slow down.

If you are struggling to get your new baby to breastfeed, there are many ways to encourage them with the most popular being an approach called baby-led breastfeeding. This approach takes advantage of a baby’s natural ability to locate and latch on to their mother’s breast when they are held skin-to-skin.

Trust Your Instincts

Although tools such as books and classes, and the help of your own parents, family members and seasoned grandparents are fantastic, you are the expert when it comes to your baby, so trust your gut.

Every baby and parent is unique, and while help and advice from those who have done this before is invaluable, nobody knows your baby like you do.

Protect Your Family with Health Insurance

Insurance is one of the things that you pay for, and you believe (and hope) you will never need to use. Yet, it is never more useful than when a new infant comes along. Specialised family health insurance plans are a great way to ensure that if, god forbid, something is wrong with your newborn, then you can get the help you need quickly and without the worry of waiting times or cost.

Lastly, Embrace a Helping Hand

When friends and loved ones try to help you, allow them. Ask for help in watching the infant, sorting the laundry or even just running a couple of simple errands – something that will benefit you the most. This will help reduce the strain on yourself and your partner and will allow you to focus solely on bonding with your new bundle of joy.