Buying gifts for babies and young children can sometimes be a complicated experience. Family and friends might love to buy toys for your children, and grandparents especially often love to “spoil” their grand kids, but parents often find their choices can be a hindrance.
One of the unique aspects of raising a new baby is involving your parents and parents-in-law in the life of their new grandchild. Most grandparents want to get involved – it means a lot to them to see this little child coming into the world.
Adults tend to be dismissive of children’s play, assuming that it’s just for fun or just something that kids do that is easy and uncomplicated. There’s even an old saying that says “child’s play” expressing the idea that some task or challenge is simple or straightforward. But the truth is,
A reality of life as a parent is that babies cry. This is natural and normal. Babies do not do this to annoy you or because you’re a bad parent! The reason that babies cry is because it’s what babies do to communicate and express their needs. Babies cry when they’re tired, stressed, afraid, uncomfortable, and especially when they’re hungry.
For the first six months of life, a baby does not need any food or drink other than breastmilk – it is the perfect food! However, around six months of age, babies tend to become curious about solid food. When parents first start introducing solids to a baby, the baby might even start grabbing food and putting it in his mouth – or might even “self-wean” and start refusing breastmilk altogether!
Becoming a new mom brings great joy, excitement and moments of wonder – but it also brings a lot of new responsibility, worries, fatigue and stress. Parenting stress is very real. Even while we celebrate the beautiful, wonderful things about being a mom, it’s important to also pay attention to some of the things that can make the experience of raising infants so tiring and difficult – and try to better minimize and manage these sources of stress so moms can enjoy their lives with their babies!
Here are five things that stress new parents out and some tips for dealing with them.
Parenting is a team sport. It requires great communication, clarity on roles and responsibilities, mutual respect and a shared purpose and desire to win. However each team player has a unique skillset and when it comes to helping husbands and partners bond with your newborn, there has to be agreement on the positions they are covering. In a previous article, we talked about the importance of getting a father ready before the baby is born and discussed the challenges a husband might feel, but here are some practical words of advice to make the process easier.
Mothers try their very best to appear to be in control of their lives. They are warriors confronting all the challenges of their new role and showing confidence in spite of insecurity. They deal with contradictions and manifest skills and capabilities they never ever thought possible. They try to breastfeed as if they had been doing it forever, and reassure everyone that they “have everything under control.”
Even on the most difficult, exhausting days, it is important to see positive side of parenting and to keep things in perspective. Your baby is not going to be a baby forever. Every stage of infancy and childhood brings its own new developments and discoveries, and in time, your child will be more and more independent and able to explore and do more things for herself. Easier said than done!
Having a new baby in the home is often as overwhelming and puzzling for dad as it is for a mom. Especially with a first child, everything is happening in real time for the first time, which can be both exhilarating and exhausting. No matter how much friendly advice, pregnancy planning or breastfeeding “survival guides” a man reads in advance, the dynamic between mom and baby seems almost magical and impenetrable.