Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff: Parenting Pointers That Don’t Come From a Manual
With almost 400,000 babies being born each year in Canada alone, that makes a lot of new parents! Whilst there are a huge array of ‘how-to’ books and manuals out there for first-time parents, they all come with one major flaw – every single baby is different!
Following a standard manual is great but, if your baby isn’t responding in the way the manual tells you they should, you run the risk of becoming paranoid that there’s something wrong with your parenting when it’s highly likely there’s nothing wrong at all.
Gaining raw, real-life advice and tips is crucial to ensure you don’t get yourself in a state and accept parenthood for what it really is. So, to discover the essential pointers that simply don’t come from a manual, keep reading!
Keep it simple
Whilst it’s normal to want to provide the very best for your new-born baby, sometimes keeping things basic is key to keeping you sane.
Whilst most manuals will insist you need all the latest top-of-the-range baby products to give your child the best possible start in life, this is, in fact, completely untrue. It’s important to remember you have a baby, not a mysterious being from a different planet, and spending your money on fancy baby stuff just isn’t necessary.
Changing your baby on the kitchen counter (provided it’s clean!) is just as good as using a changing table – your baby won’t know the difference and, after all, they’re the priority!
Have spares of everything
Clothes, diapers, baby wipes… the list goes on. Babies and toddlers are messy and unpredictable so, to ensure you don’t end up in a mess (literally), make sure you have emergency spares of virtually every baby-related product you can think of.
If you have a large family-friendly car like the Dodge Durango, keeping emergency kits with you on-the-go will be simple. But, if your car is smaller, it’s essential you still find a way to pack things in as, if your baby has a vomit explosion in the car and you’ve left clothes and wipes at home, you’ll be in a real sticky situation.
Most of today’s modern baby manuals emphasize the idea of ‘super mom’, and will likely encourage you to be as involved as possible and do as much as you can.
Whilst you should certainly be at the forefront of your baby’s life, it’s still important to recognize when you need a break. So, don’t be afraid to accept babysitting offers and, if things are getting a bit too much and you need some quiet time, there’s no shame in asking a friend to look after your baby while you take some much-needed time out.
No one said being a parent was going to be easy but, to make things as stress-free as possible, it’s essential you keep your mindset realistic and in real-time. But by following the above tips, you’ll be well on your way to keeping both you and your baby as happy and content as possible!