Becoming a parent is one of the most important milestones that a person can go through in their personal evolution. You go from becoming a singular entity to someone who has offspring! You suddenly have someone else to look after, which can be an enormous responsibility to comprehend. Since there is such a big learning curve involved for first-time parents, there are a lot of mistakes that can be made.
The good news is that mistakes are a natural part of life, and certainly a part of parenting. Even better news is that we can learn from others who have made mistakes before us, and avoid making the same ones ourselves.
To help you navigate the uncharted territory of being a brand new mom or dad, here are some of the most common mistakes that first-time parents make.
Buying Too Many Things
Marketers prey on brand-new parents who don’t have a firm understanding of all they actually need. Clueless first time parents are often sucked into buying every accessory toy and item that shows up in the Amazon baby section.
The truth is that a large majority of these things are not essential at all, and will only end up taking unnecessary amounts of space. The most important thing you need is a crib, diapers, warm clothes, and feeding supplies. Believe it or not, your child doesn’t care what their nursery looks like until they’re much older!
You can wait until they’re six or seven months old to start painting their nursery or hanging framed photos on the wall. In the beginning stages, the most important things are the basics, and of course— love.
Worrying All The Time
There’s something extraordinary that happens when you become a parent. Suddenly you realize how precious life is, and how fragile existence is. Babies are so helpless and delicate, that new parents can find themselves losing sleep worrying about every little thing that happens to their baby. The slightest cough may be seen as deadly in a new parent’s eyes. Every bump on their skin is enough to go to the hospital! Relax!
While it’s undoubtedly a good thing to be concerned about your child, there’s no need to panic over everything. Excessive worrying will do nothing but cause you to lose sleep, and create an anxious child.
Forgetting Self Care
Many parents with newborns are so fixated on taking care of their kids that they forget how important it is to take care of themselves too. However, self-care is a critical part of being a good parent.
If you don’t get enough sleep, or you’re malnourished, how can you expect to have enough energy to properly take care of your baby? Don’t forget how important self-care is! From resting, to spending time with people you love, remember that you matter too.