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What will change when with the arrival of a child?
Having a baby will bring major changes into most areas of your life. Schedules will alter radically, particularly during the first few months when the child may need feeding every four hours. This will almost certainly disrupt normal sleep patterns, which in turn can affect the parents' moods for the worse.
The sheer volume of items that they need to care for a baby often surprises new parents; just stocking a diaper bag for a short trip can require dozens of items. Once on the road, everything will seem to take longer. The days of quickly popping into a store will be over. Now, it will be necessary to unbuckle the baby from a car seat for transfer to a pushchair, or unbuckle the entire car seat in order to pop it into a shopping trolley.
Peace and quiet may become a thing of the past, too. Many children are quite fussy as babies, and some seem to go on “crying jags” that can seem endless, which means that new parents need to develop deep reserves of patience.
How new mothers can help themselves
One of the most important things to do is to revise priorities. Trying to keep the house in tip-top shape once there is a new baby to care for is probably unrealistic, particularly when a mother is not getting enough rest due to night feedings. A good policy is to sleep when the baby does, even if that means ignoring daytime chores. Good health and a positive mental attitude are more important than the state of the carpets.
How new mothers can help their baby
Babies pick up on their parents' moods. Therefore, new parents can help their child by staying calm and happy during the first few months. This actually means taking some time out from parenting. A stay-at-home mother should renew an old hobby or pick up a new one; even fifteen minutes of daily personal recreation can do wonders.
It is also important to share kisses and cuddles with the baby every day and to say, “I love you” from the very start. An infant won't know English yet, but the message will still get through, loud and clear.
Working with a significant other
A new baby can strain a relationship by becoming its sole focus. New parents should consider establishing a “date night” when relatives babysit so that they can enjoy some time alone. If one parent stays at home full-time, the other needs to assume major parenting responsibilities when home in order to provide a much-needed break.
Having a baby can be a major challenge, but most new parents find that never before have they enjoyed one quite so much.
Katie Green is a freelance writer who loves learning about new things and meeting new people. She is currently looking after her baby so her main interest lays with baby's health issues and how to deal with them.