18 Expert Parenting Tips For New Moms And Dads
Being a parent is the hardest and most rewarding job in the world. While nothing will completely prepare you for this exciting adventure, Mustela is here to help by providing support and parenting tips.
In the parenting realm, there’s no one-size-fits-all solution. Remember, you’ll only find perfection in the dictionary and not in someone’s parenting technique. Take a look at the tips below for a breath of fresh air!
Parenting Tips: For Baby
1) Create A Routine
One of the best things you can do for your baby is to create a routine, both during the day and at night. It will benefit your entire family!
Your baby will sleep and eat better when they know what to expect. Plus, as your baby gets older, it’ll be easier to plan out your day and your outings when you’re able to predict naptime and feedings.
Our Multi-Sensory Bubble Bath is part of this set and makes your baby’s nighttime routine therapeutic and fun while protecting and hydrating their skin!
2) Help Your Baby Fall Asleep On Their Own
Feed your baby at the START of their bedtime routine. Whatever that routine looks like for your family — whether it’s bath, storytime, cuddles, or all of the above — feed first, and then put your little one to bed drowsy.
If you start rocking or feeding your baby to sleep, that will become the norm and they’ll always need your help to doze off.
3) Let Your Baby Cry Sometimes
On average, babies cry three to four hours a day! (Remember this is their way of communicating.) ALL babies cry; some just cry more than others.
4) Trust Your Instincts
Who knows your baby better than mom and dad? No one!
You know when something seems a bit off with your little one. Don’t hesitate to call your baby’s pediatrician when you have questions or concerns. If your gut is telling you to take your child to get checked out, do it!
5) Get Outside
Sometimes a change in scenery can help you and your baby after you’ve been cooped up in your home, especially during the newborn stage. Simply getting outdoors can often calm a fussy infant.
Just stay mindful of the weather, dress your baby appropriately and apply a mineral-based, baby-safe sunscreen before going outside, and avoid extreme heat or cold.
6) Be Prepared
Babies are messy, toddlers are messy, and kids are messy. The only thing that changes is the size of the mess! Wherever you go, make sure your diaper bag is stocked with essentials like diapers, Cleansing Wipes, Diaper Rash Cream, and an extra change of clothes.
These are great for quick clean-ups regardless of your child’s age!
7) Read A Book Every Day
Time is never wasted when you read to your baby. Reading to your child every day — yes, even when they’re a baby — will build their imagination, encourage brain development, and create special memories that will last for years to come!
Parenting Tips: For Mom And Dad
8) Give Yourself Time-Outs
Situations may arise where you recognize your need for a time-out.
For example, if your baby is crying but they’re fed, have a clean diaper, and aren’t running a fever, lay them down in their bed and step away to take a few deep breaths.
You may also want to consider tag-teaming with your significant other and letting them take over for a bit. If you need a few minutes to yourself, speak up. Taking brief breaks helps to clear your mind and ease stress.
Expert tip: if your baby doesn’t stop crying, try a soothing chest rub to comfort and calm them!
9) Take Personal Time Away From The House
This is another opportunity to tag-team with your significant other, or you may even call someone over to stay with your baby if you need more than a quick “time-out.”
Quality time away from your child is just as important to your mental health as quality time with your child. Take care of yourself and find what fuels you, whether it’s going shopping, reading a book, going for a walk or run, or meeting up with a friend for coffee.
10) Avoid The Comparison Trap
It’s easy to look around and think that everyone is a better parent than you. Don’t do it; it’s a trap!
As Theodore Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.” Keep in mind that every child is different, so parenting styles will look different across the board. So skip the comparisons and protect your joy!
11) Give Yourself Some Grace
Remember this: your best is good enough. Period. You will mess up, but don’t stress too much about it. Give yourself some grace. Be as supportive to yourself as you would to a friend.
12) Remember That Seasons Come And Go
In the early days of your child’s life, you may feel so sleep deprived that you wonder how you’re still awake.
As your baby turns into a toddler, you start to wonder how someone so little can make such a big mess. And then as your toddler turns into a young child, you may wonder how they have so many questions.
Remember these stages are temporary, but don’t rush through each season. Pause and soak in the moments because you’ll be in a new season before you know it!
13) Find Your Tribe
Find the people who encourage you when you need encouragement, who give you advice when you need it, and who are there to listen when you need someone to talk to.
Once you find these people, appreciate them and never let them go. And then be the same kind of friend that they’ve been to you.
14) Accept (Or Ask For) An Extra Pair Of Hands
If someone offers to help you, take them up on it! If there’s no one offering help, don’t hesitate to ask. Turn to a trusted friend, family member, or neighbor for the assistance you need.
Sometimes asking for help is the difference between a hard moment and a difficult day.
15) Get Sleep When You Can
Our baby experts advise you not to do anything when the baby is asleep that you can do while they’re awake.
For example, you can clean and do laundry while your baby is awake, but you can’t sleep while your baby is awake! So while they’re sleeping, catch a few Zs for yourself.
Expert tip: If your little one has eczema, try Mustela’s Stelatopia Skin Soothing Pajamas. Designed for babies and toddlers with eczema-prone skin, these pajamas deliver soothing moisture throughout the night so your little one can rest well.
And when your baby rests well, you get more sleep, too!
16) Be Flexible
While babies — and parents — thrive from routine, remember to be flexible. Accidents happen, sickness happens, and life happens. Don’t be so consumed with your schedule that you can’t factor in flexibility every now and then.
So just relax when things don’t go as planned because sooner or later, something will come up!
Don’t let your sense of humor fly out the window just because you became a parent. Sometimes all you can do is laugh. After all, laughter is the best medicine.
So close the window and find something to laugh about today!
18) Take Care Of Each Other
Before you know it, all of your attention is directed to your baby, but don’t forget about your significant other. Having a strong relationship with your significant other is the best gift you can give your baby.
You may have to fight your schedule for this time alone, but it will be a cause worth fighting for! And you’ll be a better parent because of it.
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For mom and dad: Keep in mind that becoming a parent is a learning process that takes time. It won’t happen overnight. Don’t be afraid to trust your instincts, take a break when you need to, and give yourself some grace.
And for those moments of doubt, remember that Mustela is here to help!