10 Must-read Tips for New Parents
I was 41 when I had my one and only child. You’d think as an older woman, I’d acquired years of real world experience that I could easily apply it to parenting. I would be Master Po and my son would be Grasshopper, learning from me, following a pathway that was both unique and predictable in the way of human beings. Ha!
Having a first baby at any age is free-falling into a new dimension. There simply is no greater paradigm shift. You prepare, buy the best baby supplies, join a few online mommy groups, and spend nine months stressing, kvelling, wondering, dreading.
If there’s anything I have learned, it’s this: a) You’re not alone; far, far from it; b) You’re never fully ready; and c) I was right about one thing: the journey is as unique and predictable as you’d expect. At any age.
Here’s a great take on the subject, and wise tips for new parents, by Melissa of Bubby & Bean:
And although there are certainly no guarantees from one child to the next, I’ve been using my experiences – from pregnancy to birth to the newborn months to the first couple of years – to compile a sort of mental list of tips to remember as I start the process all over again. Today I thought I’d share ten of these tips with you guys, in hopes that they might prove useful to those of you who are expecting or have new babes of your own.