4 Tips For The First Year of Your Baby’s Life

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There’s nothing quite as exciting as welcoming a new life into your family. Becoming a parent can be one of the most transformative experiences you ever go through and an incredible journey you should look forward to. However, with all of this joy also comes plenty of challenges. From sleepless nights to teething, it helps to know what you’re up against. To help you navigate this equally rewarding and challenging time, here are some of the best tips for navigating the first year of your baby’s life.

Prioritize Self Care

Don’t forget that you also deserve a little love and care too. You need to make sure that you have what you need to stay healthy and strong as well. That means giving yourself enough time to rest.  Whether you choose to hire a nanny or enlist someone from the family to help you, it’s important that you have a support system around you so that you can keep up your strength. Trying to manage it all on your own is incredibly hard with the newborn. Although people managed to pull it off, it can be incredibly exhausting. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

Bond

We put an enormous amount of pressure on ourselves to be able to put food on the table and pay the rent. After all, if we don’t pay for it, who else is going to? Yet, it’s equally as important to prioritize this special time with your baby. Bonding is incredibly important.  As much as you might think these long nights and sleepless days last forever, the truth is that this period of time will whizz by much faster than you think. 

You’ll look back and treasure these moments when your baby was small, so make sure that you take the time to really soak in this period of their life. As much as you might be in a hurry to jump back into the swing of things, you have your whole life to work and clean, and only so much time to enjoy your child as a baby!

Create a Routine

The sooner you can get into creating a routine early on, the better. Even small babies will thrive on routine since they know what’s coming next.  For example, feeding time should always be around the same hour, as well as baths, and naps. The more you can get into a rhythm, the easier the next chapter of their lives will be.

Monitor Their Development

Your baby will develop at its own unique pace, however, there are important milestones that you should look out for.  From being able to hold their head up on their own, to sitting up—keeping track of each of these is important to ensure your baby is healthy and strong. In addition to monitoring these developments yourself, you should also make regular appointments with your doctor. They’ll be able to give you the proper guidance that you need and address any concerns.

About Author

LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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