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There is perhaps no other activity on the planet that get's as much attention as parenting. People will often go out of their way to tell you what you should and shouldn't be doing. This is especially true if you're a first-time parent, and your inexperience is often viewed as a weakness. However, If you're the observant kind, you will no doubt have noticed the mistakes other parents have made. In fact, you should have plenty of examples to choose from by now. And here, we've listed eight of the most common new parent mistakes and how you can avoid them.
1. Don't Generalize:
Every child is unique, and children are prone to develop their own habits even at a young age. Referencing everything your child does with a developmental chart or your neighbors baby will do more harm than good. Just because your neighbor's baby has started walking, or talking doesn't mean your baby has to follow immediately.
2. Information Overload:
As a first-time parent, it's imperative that you read as much as possible to try and prepare yourself for the parenting journey. But, you should also be mindful of where you're getting your information from. If you read two articles that contradict each other, it will leave you confused.
3. Neglecting Sleep:
A new child is going to give you a lot of work, and keep you busy most of the day. However, you need to ensure you're getting enough sleep. Without it, you will be comprising how you take care of your child. It's also advisable to avoid conflicts, especially on controversial topics like the baby's name. Instead, focus on open communication and comprising whenever possible.
4. Forgetting The Basics:
There's much hype about new styles of parenting and how they can boost your child's development. While some of these do yield results, it's always better to be mindful of your child and stick to tried and tested methods at least initially.
5. Doctors Visits:
For a baby that is under three months, any fever that is over a 100 degrees should be considered serious enough for a visit to the doctor. Make sure you are prompt in identifying serious issues from common colds and other problems.
6. Running To Your Child's Rescue:
Babies cry. That is something that most new parents must come to terms with. If you keep rushing to your babies rescue every time they cry, you are conditioning them in the wrong way. As long as you are around and are sure your child is safe, there's no need to panic every time they shed a tear.
There is no hard and fast rule to feeding your child. If you choose to breastfeed, some parents don't believe in waking a child, while others choose to follow a strict plan. In the end, each plan must take into account the child's needs and look after what is best for them.
8. Recording Everything:
In this age of smartphones, it's easy to document almost every moment of your child's life. However, sometimes it's better to set your phone aside and just enjoy the moment. Your child's early years go by faster than you realize and you are soon going to be left wondering where the time went.
Being a first-time parent is an adventure like no other. With so much at stake there is pressure on the new parents to get it right. The truth is that even the most accomplished of parents have made mistakes. There is no point in trying to be perfect, do you best, and try to avoid these common pitfalls and the rest should take care of itself. Happy Parenting!