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First time mom or dad? 9 pieces of advice for new parents

Becoming a new parent? Parenting is amazing in many ways. But entering parenthood for the first time might also be the biggest change in your life. 

We’ve gathered our best pieces of advice for first time parents here!

9 pieces of advice for first time parents

#1: Do parenting your way 

When entering parenthood, you’ll realize one thing. There are parenting experts everywhere and everybody wants to have a say. However, what might be the right way for one family might be completely wrong for another. The good thing is, as a parent you get to lead the way. You are the expert on your own, your child’s, and your family’s needs.

Read how to keep your identity after becoming a parent

#2: Focus on the baby – but don’t forget to focus on you

Your “me”-time disappears from your schedule when becoming a parent. Your new best friend will require your full attention – all the time. Luckily, there’s a way to combine the two. Keep your baby close in a baby carrier when doing chores at home, or bring the baby to the gym for some me-time. To focus on your own well being is not selfish. It’s essential to be a good parent. 

#3: Plan for both family time, me-time and free time

Even though we work hard and have a busy schedule, it’s important to take time to nurture our relationships. Respecting and valuing each other’s time is key to strengthening family bonds. Make a schedule together so you can make room for both me-time, family time, and social time. 

Read more about the importance of family time

#4: Share the parenting load! Teamwork makes the dream work.

Equal parenting is equally important. Research shows that couples that share the parenting load are more likely to get through the first toddler years more easily. Equal parenting also has positive effects on family bonds, both when it comes to bonding with the baby and strengthening the relationship with the partner. 

Find our best tips on how you can reach equal parenting

#5: Don’t be afraid to ask for help

What would a superhero be without a friendly, helpful sidekick? Friends and family want to be there for you. However, it might be hard to know how to help out in the best possible way. That’s why you need to communicate and ask for help when you need it!

Furthermore, if you have questions or need to talk to someone about your own or your baby’s physical or psychological health, you can always go to a professional. Contact a psychiatrist, doctor or your midwife for help.

#6: Catch some sleep when you can

Sleeping routines will change when having a newborn in the house. It’s not only babies that get cranky when they don’t get enough sleep. Parents too.

It might be hard to believe, but babies can sleep a lot. Newborn babies can sleep up to 20 hours per day. However, they rarely sleep for more than four hours in a row. Take the opportunity to sleep when you can. A short nap when your baby is sleeping during the day is better than no sleep at all. 

Psst. Najell SleepCarrier is great to keep your baby close while sound asleep. Buy it here. 

#7: Remember that nobody’s perfect

Parenting might sometimes feel like a big pile of chaos. But remember, there’s no such thing as perfect parenting. We didn’t come programmed on this whole parenting thing, but we were programmed to wing it. It might get a bit messy from time to time. But it doesn’t mean that you’re doing it wrong. 

#8: After a storm comes a calm

Remember that all the cries, chaos or stressful moments will come to an end. There’s no better feeling than playing, laughing and cuddling with a cute, little happy baby. The love and all the happy moments you have together will make you forget about everything else. 

#9: Find the right baby gear

The right baby gear can make your life with a newborn easier. Here is our list of what to buy before the baby comes. Look for simple, easy-to-use and high quality products. Trust us, you won’t have time for any fuzz.