There is nothing more daunting than being a new parent. With an endless list of new challenges to face, it is inevitable that you will make some mistakes. When you do, you’ll feel awful, but it happens to everybody. There’s no need to worry about doing things wrong occasionally. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to get things right, though. Most new parents tend to make the same mistakes. Knowing what they are beforehand can help you to avoid them and be a better parent. Before your little one arrives, make sure that you are aware of these common slip-ups and how to avoid making them yourself.
Not Trusting Your Instincts
Having a baby is liking taking a plunge into the unknown. In the months before your baby arrives, you’re probably going to spend hours on end trawling through piles of books and asking everybody you know for advice. This is going to be useful, but don’t put too much trust in the advice of others. Every baby is different and the truth is, the person that knows best about keeping your babies safe is you. While there are some things that every parent should do, it is better to trust your own instincts a lot of the time. You’re probably a lot better at this than you think, so have a bit of faith in yourself.
Trying To Create A Sleep Routine
Having a regular sleep routine is a lovely thought, but it just isn’t realistic. A lot of new parents tell themselves that they are going to be different. They’ll get their baby into a good routine and get some sleep every night. You might think the same, but the truth is, it’s never going to happen. You’ll have to get used to the fact that your sleeping patterns are going to be erratic. Get as much as you can whenever you can, and make do with that. Things will calm down eventually, you’ve got that to look for.
One of the main reasons that people have trouble dealing with crying is that there is so much information out there, a lot of it contradictory. Everybody is insistent that they know exactly what you should be doing when your baby cries. Some people say that you should let them cry without picking them up, others maintain that the opposite is the best way. Again, you should trust your instincts here. Different babies respond to different things so find out what works best for your child and stick with that.
This one is a bit more clear-cut than some of the other things on our list. A common mistake is to wrap the baby far too tightly when putting them to sleep. This can actually be very dangerous and increase the risk of cot death. Don’t leave this one down to gut feelings. When wrapping your baby, make sure that you aren’t making covers too tight and don’t cover the baby’s head. It’s also important to maintain the temperature of the room so it isn’t too warm.