Top Ten Tips for New Parents
- Get as much rest as possible. Sleep when the baby sleeps, and moms and dads take turns sleeping late on weekends.
- Eat nutritious meals. If a neighbor or friend offers to help, ask him or her to bring your dinner or do your grocery shopping.
- Join a parenting group. You will learn about caring for your baby, and you will meet other parents who share your interests and concerns.
- Don’t expect too much from yourself. Housework won’t always get done, but eventually you will get back to a routine.
- Call your doctor or clinic with any questions or concerns you may have. This will save you from needless worry.
- Visitors can be helpful, but don’t let them interrupt your rest or your family time together.
- Fathers, don’t let mothers have all the fun. Spend lots of time caring for and playing with your baby. The rewards are great!
- Be sure your infant receives necessary immunizations and visits to the doctor as required.
- If you have older children, be sure to let them know every day that you love them.
- If you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with your baby, call for help. Ask a friend, neighbor or relative to take care of the baby while you take a break.
This course was originally taught by Dr. Justin Imel, Sr. at Ohio Valley University.