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Five essential tips for first time parents

Posted on 08-11-2014

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For a new parent, bringing an infant home from the hospital can be both an overwhelming and an exciting time in your life. Our child care experts at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of First Colony offer some helpful tips on infant care to help parents make this transition easier.

Catch up on sleep whenever you can

Many parents underestimate the change in lifestyle that comes with an infant. One of the first and most important changes is that sleep becomes a luxury. An infant will sleep only a few hours at a time and then need to be fed, which means a new parent’s sleeping schedule will have to be completely re-designed in the short term to accommodate the infant’s needs. Talk with your partner, family, and friends about helping with the nighttime feedings so that you can have time to get sufficient rest. You cannot properly care for an infant when you are exhausted and sleep deprived.

Do not suffer silently

Postnatal (also known as postpartum) depression is a very serious condition, and affects far more mothers than you may expect. If you feel that you may be suffering from postnatal depression, contact your doctor right away. You need to be sure you get the support you need in order to be able to care for your child properly as well as protect your own health.

Understand your crying infant

Infants cry for a variety of reasons, and often crying is simply a part of development. Listen to what kind of cry your infant is making, and learn to distinguish which cry corresponds to which need. This can decrease frustration for both you and your baby.

Accept help

Ask for help. Raising a child is difficult, and you will need help with shopping, cooking, cleaning, laundry, child care, and more. Talk with your partner, family and friends who are able to support you. Do not be ashamed to ask for help when you need it; all new parents require extra support.

Enjoy it

Finally, enjoy this time with your infant since he or she will grow quickly.

Our expert staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of First Colony, Texas, offers other helpful parenting advice here. If you would like to give your infant the best start in life, we offer specialized child care services that are superior to any typical day care center.

For more details about our infant care and preschool services, contact us or visit our facility.

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