Being a new mum is as exciting as it is daunting. Part of the problem is that you probably there a million things that you need to know. With so much information available today, it’s easy to experience information overload.
To help you separate the good parenting tips from the bad, here are our top 5 useful parenting tips for new mums!
1. Screen time can be a good thing
Despite years of research and debate, the jury still seems to be out on screen time. The thing is, avoiding screens is impossible today – unless you don’t want to have any TVs, phones, computers, or tablets in your home.
So, if screen time is unavoidable, what can you do? Make the most of it! It’s like when choosing what to give your children for lunch; cheese and nuggets or something healthier? You can take the same approach to screen time. For example, there are a number of free kids cartoons available that are as fun as they are educational!
2. Be consistent
One of the most important things for young children is consistency. This helps them to understand the world around them and better develop as they grow up. For example, a consistent bedtime can help children to set their own body clock, and allow you to catch up on sleep as they do.
It’s also important to be consistent with discipline. This helps your child to better understand the difference between right and wrong and allows them to better adjust as they grow up. A good understanding of right and wrong is essential for every child.
3. It’s ok to ask for help
Do you know why they say it “takes a village” to raise a child? Because it isn’t and parents can’t do everything themselves. Basically, what we’re saying here is that it’s ok to ask for help – especially when you’re a first-time parent.
So, if you don’t have the answer to a question, call your parents. If you’re worried, call your friends who have kids. If you don’t understand your child’s homework, speak to their teacher. If you’re tired, get a babysitter. It’s ok to ask for help – everybody does.
4. Get as much sleep as you can
To be your best as a parent, you need to get as much sleep as possible. Whilst we understand this may not always be easy, it’s important to make sleep a priority. The golden rule is to sleep when they’re sleeping, but it shouldn’t stop here.
Figure out a plan with your partner to take turns napping if needed and bring people in to look after your child so you can rest. We can’t stress this enough – you need to sleep.
5. Take care of yourself (and your partner)
Yes, your child needs your attention and care. This doesn’t mean that your needs suddenly stop. You still need to care for yourself and your partner. Make sure to set time aside for yourself and your partner so you can reconnect and care for yourselves.
You can start by setting a regular date night and making room in your budget for babysitting.