There are so many unknowns when it comes to bringing a life into this crazy world. The nine months of prep work you did to prepare for your bundle of joy suddenly doesn't matter. Steadily, all the training goes out the window when they are put into your arms for the first time. It's truly one of the most significant moment in a parents' life. The hospital does an excellent job trying to equip parents with all the necessary tools to have a smooth transition into their new lives. However, a lot of those pamphlets gets lost in hospital paperwork and never see the light of day again.
Here are a few important tips to help parents and family members create a more seamless transition.
Find a Pediatrician
Choosing a pediatrician to care for your newborn is a vital decision that you will want to make before you give birth. The pediatrician you select will come to know your family well and provide you with medical advice during the various stages of your child’s development.
It's during your baby’s first year alone, you will be visiting the doctor at least seven times for well-baby checkups. There could also be unplanned visits for a fever or a first cold. A Pediatrician will prepare you for those moments and also be there to help you through each medical intervention.
When it comes to your children there are no stupid questions. It is very important to stay informed on your child's health and safety. It is also essential to make sure that you are receiving the correct information as well. Any medical question that you might have should be addressed to a licensed medical professional or trusted knowledgeable source.
Find a Support Group
The world of social media allows for people from all around the world to connect with one another who share similar interest. It's often a comfort to new parents to know that they are not alone.
There are often times parent's feel alienated when they first find themselves settled into their new roles. Support groups can be a wonderful resource for questioning and finding commonality with other parents.
However, be careful disclosing personal and identifiable information on the internet.
Ask for help
Becoming a parent can be stressful no matter if your a seasoned player or a rookie. There are vast resources that have been implemented on a national and statewide levels for parents. Resources for parents can vary from mental health counseling to income based programs such as, food programs and discounted child care. The most significant part of the transition into parenthood is knowing that you aren't alone in the process.
There is no expert when it comes to the way you parent your child. The best that a person can do is provide love, care, and constant reassurance that they are doing what's best for their child. The importance of recognizing the changes in yourself and your children is where the true talent lies. Parenting isn't a cookie cutter experience that can be mimicked by all individuals. Allow yourself to learn and be taught and take deep breathes when needed. Parenting is one of the most rewarding jobs in the world.
For more information: Check out the Parenting Toolkit section at www.zoepeds.com
American Academy of Pediatrics: https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx