14 Survival Tips For New Parents
Congratulations on becoming a parent! While this journey is super exciting, it can also be intimidating, especially for new parents. With all the advice out there, it’s hard to know what (and who) to listen to.
The experts at Newton Baby are here to soothe your mind and make this parenting journey a little less intimidating. We’ve created a list of 14 survival tips for new parents. So grab your partner and start taking notes!
Survival Tips For New Parents
1) Ask For Help
This is number one on our list for a reason. When you get overwhelmed, don’t hesitate to ask someone for help. More than likely, you’ve already had people offer to help. Take them up on their offer!
Whether it’s a family member, friend, or neighbor, find someone you trust to help out in any way you need. It can be something as simple as cooking a meal for your family, helping around the house, doing yard work, or watching your baby so you can rest or take a shower.
2) Establish A Bedtime Routine
When you’re a new parent, both you and your baby are learning and figuring all of this out together. While it’s hard to keep a newborn on a set schedule, it will get easier with consistent effort on your part.
After the first few months, your baby will most likely be able to stick to a routine, at least most of the time. And the older they get the more predictable their schedule becomes.
It’s never too early to start establishing a bedtime routine. For example, you could bathe your little one, change them into pajamas, read a story, and then sing songs. Just stick with whatever you choose to do.
Babies — and parents — thrive off of a consistent routine.
3) Make Healthy Choices
Your mind probably went straight to healthy food choices, but we’re talking about healthy choices in general here.
While eating the right foods is a big part of living a healthy lifestyle, intentionally choosing who you surround yourself with, the activities you engage in, and how you spend your time also plays a role.
4) Take Care Of Your Mind And Body
Take care of your mind and body so you can be the best version of yourself for your baby and your family. If this sounds overwhelming, start out slow. Here are a couple of easy ideas to consider:
- Spend a few minutes each day practicing deep breathing to take care of your mind.
- Go for a brisk walk for any amount of time each day to care for your body and physical health.
Making healthy choices (like we talked about above) and taking care of your mind and body go hand-in-hand.
If this is something you struggle with, find someone that will hold you accountable for your choices. Having a friend to walk this road alongside you will make the transition easier.
So what are you waiting for? Grab a partner and get started!
5) Set Aside Time For Yourself
Mom and dad, we know you need a break every now and then, so take one! If you don’t make time for yourself a priority, then who will?
We’ll look at some things you can do to recharge your batteries later in the article, but the first step is simply setting aside the time. Time when you have no distractions. Time when you can clear your mind and just be you.
And the time is now!
6) Set Aside Time For Your Partner
We totally get it. Your new little baby is just so cute! They naturally take up a lot of your time and attention, but don’t let your baby come before your partner.
Your partner doesn’t want to feel forgotten about or pushed to the side. So make sure you’re focusing attention and time on your partner during this phase of your lives.
Sit down together and put a regular date night on the calendar. Write that date on your calendar, put it in your phone, or carve it in stone if you have to!
It’s also important to set aside time each day to communicate, whether in the morning, afternoon, or evening. The exact time of day doesn’t matter as long as it’s uninterrupted time when you can really focus on each other.
7) Get Out Of The House
If you can, try to get out of the house occasionally. Some people are more comfortable keeping their babies home in the early days and months of their lives, but that’s not always the best choice for new parents.
Your home can quickly start to feel like a dungeon. So, for your sanity, get out of the house. Leave your little one with someone you trust — your spouse, a grandparent, or even a friend— and escape for a little while.
Even if you’re breastfeeding your baby, you can plan your outings around their feedings so you don’t have to take them out in public.
8) Treat Yourself
Both moms and dads need to recharge. Tag-team with your partner or call in reinforcements to make that happen. Find something that soothes you and helps you to decompress when needed.
Some suggestions are going for a walk, going to the gym, meeting a friend for coffee, going shopping, finding a quiet spot to read a book, taking a bubble bath, going golfing, or you fill in the blank.
Whatever you choose, make sure it allows you to rest and recharge your batteries.
9) Lower Your Standards
Lower your standards and then lower them some more.
Hey, mom, you just had a baby! You’re not going to lose that baby weight right away. It took you nine months to get where you are. Unfortunately, those pounds won’t fall off the second your baby is born.
And don’t stress about your home. The things in the house can wait. The laundry can stay in that pile, the dishes in the sink (for a little while, anyway).
Consider using paper plates and paper cups to cut down on dirty dishes. Order your groceries online and let your spouse pick them up. Do whatever you need to do that requires the least amount of energy from you as possible.
Now is not the time to become Martha Stewart.
10) Go Outside Every Day
During the early days of your baby’s life, you might not feel comfortable bringing your baby outside. This is perfectly normal, but be careful not to let the walls of your home cave in on you.
A little sunlight will benefit both you and your baby. The vitamin D is good for your mind, body, and soul. (Remember to apply sunscreen and keep your little one covered!)
11) Limit Visitors (Or Not)
This one is totally up to you and your significant other. Some new parents’ motto is “the more the merrier” and others’ is “stay away.” Whichever motto you’re leaning toward, stick with it.
If you’re not comfortable with visitors coming to your house day after day once your baby is born, that’s OK. Just voice your opinion ahead of time so people aren’t caught off guard by your wishes.
12) Seek Out Other New Parents
You’re going to need encouragement during this phase of your life. Find other new parents who can relate to what you’re going through.
We would also recommend finding veteran parents who have “been there, done that” for comfort and encouragement through this stage.
It’s important to have other parents you can lean on when times get tough, when you have a lingering question, or when you just want to brag on your sweet little one.
13) Grab A Nap Whenever You Can
No matter what you do, the laundry will always be there and so will the messes. So get some shut-eye whenever you can.
If your baby is sleeping, push that laundry to the other side of the couch and take a nap! After all, you can’t sleep while your baby is awake, so take advantage of the quiet time while they’re down for a nap.
14) Trust Your Gut
Remember that even with the stacks of books and resources on parenting — Newton Baby is a good one! — you are the expert when it comes to your baby. You’re with them day-in and day-out. You’ve learned your baby’s mannerisms and know when something seems off.
Don’t wait if you suspect something is not right with your baby. Call or visit your child’s pediatrician and put your mind at ease.
Thrive As A New Parent
Being a parent is hard work, but it’s so worth it! We know the days can be long, but they don’t have to be with better nighttime sleep. Newton Baby provides you with the perfect setup for a good night’s sleep.
Our Crib Mattress is designed so babies can breathe straight through it. This means no more sweaty backs! Plus, it’s much more comfortable than traditional mattresses.
We’ve also designed a breathable Crib Mattress Cover for those late-night accidents! And don’t forget to swaddle your little one at night and during naps with our Organic Swaddle Blankets to keep them safe and comfy.
With the survival tips in this article and Newton Baby’s products, you and your baby can thrive for years to come!