Parenting is very difficult and no matter how many books or blogs you read you will never be totally prepared for it. But you can still learn from current parents. Here are five things about parenting you may not have known.
1) The First Few Months Are Not Fun
While everyone else might be going crazy with love over your baby, you might be too cranky or sleep-deprived to do the same and that is fine. Babies are hard work, especially in the beginning. Think of the first few months as Parenting Boot Camp. You will wake up every two hours or so because your baby is screaming and possibly spend time sleeping dreaming about your baby crying. Even worse is the possibility of post-partum depression. Remember that you will get through it and don’t be afraid to ask for help. Innerparents is a great resource for advice that you may need.
2) You Don’t Need Half the Stuff You Think You Need
A lot of new parents think their babies need a lot of toys, playpens, and other accessories to stay occupied and to stimulate their mind. But they don’t. Newborns spend a lot of time sleeping, eating, crying, and pooping. When they are not doing any of that, then they can keep themselves occupied with pretty much anything, so baby-proof your entire house, preferably before they start crawling around. Remember, kids, discard toys faster than you can buy them and they grow out of clothes so fast, so do not have a treasure chest of toys for newborns and drawers of baby clothes. You can get away with a few newborn outfits and a few basic toys for the first few months, so you can save yourself clutter and money for a little. However, don’t use television or other electronic screens to occupy your newborn. Having your children stare at electronic screens in their first two years will actually hurt their development.
3) Take as many pictures and videos as you can.
A lot of the time parents take a lot of pictures within the first couple of years but then stop once they get older. Take as many as you can, though, because your child will grow up faster than you think and you will want to preserve as many memories as you can and you can always look back instead of forgetting what they looked like when they were twelve no matter how hard you try to remember.
4) You will change forever
When you have a child, you will change and for the better. You will think more about the nutritional value or your food and how to keep your child safe. Free time will be precious to you and poop won’t bother you anymore. But you will also experience a strong bond and love that is unlike anything else.
5) Don’t worry about reaching development milestones
Children develop at their own pace so do not worry if they don’t walk when books say they should walk or talk when books say they should start talking. Don’t put a lot of pressure on yourself or your kid to reach these milestones. It just puts a lot of stress on both of you and they will eventually reach these milestones.
Remember, you will never be totally prepared for parenting, but these things can help you know what to expect a little more. How did you like the list? Let me know in the comments and please share this article.