10 Important Parenting Tips For New Parents

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The first time to anything can be scary. If you are a new parent no doubt you must have some mixed feelings. Excited yet unsure of yourself.

Parenting is a big deal. How one manages with a slippery infant on the bath, or the sleepless nights, or the unending tantrums of a toddler, can sometimes be a mystery.

It is no small job to do. But the beauty of it is that you have great pride when you raise a well-rounded individual.

Parenting for the first time can seem a bit overwhelming especially as you are constantly bombarded with advice from left, right, and center.

Knowing the right one to choose can be difficult. However, you need not worry. With time, you would gain mastery and become old in the game even offering advice to other new parents.

To gain much-needed mastery, you need the right knowledge. There has never been a shortage of knowledge in parenting, but the right knowledge is what counts.

Coupled with the right knowledge and experience, you will handle parenting well. Before I outline my top 10 parenting tips all new parents need, let me analyze a bit on what is good parenting entails.

 

What Is Good Parenting?

Good parenting involves raising kids with the necessary skills, lovingly such that they grow up to become useful assets in society. A good parent must always model the right traits that they expect their kids to emulate, So as a parent get your homework done.

Good parenting also involves exposing your kids to various aspects of life. Putting them in the right environment, teaching them to thrive. Good parenting isn’t one day’s job. It comes with a lot of hard work, patience, skills, learning and unlearning, discipline, and lots more.

Good parents want the best for their kids which means sometimes, they would have to say no when they know something isn’t for the kids’ best interest.

To the new parents out there, do not get so overwhelmed as you begin your journey into parenthood. Yes, parenting is work, but many people have successfully raised great kids and you can do the same!

I have made this post. To make your parenting journey easier. I have listed in the last section of this write-up, the 10 tips that all new parents need. These tips touch on those critical areas in your parenting journey. However, let’s see some parenting tips for infants and toddlers.

 

Parenting Tips For Infants

The period of pregnancy was so exciting. You had your share of morning sickness, cravings, swollen feet and now your little treasure is here and you don’t even know what to do. It is normal.

Your parenting instincts as a parent will naturally guide you a little bit on how to take care of a little born, but it’s insufficient and limited. So, here are some useful parenting tips for new parents:

1.  You will need help with the infant after delivery; do not be too shy to ask for help from friends and family who are willing to. They will ease a lot of stress.

2.  Keep proper Hygiene Around Babies- Babies are more prone to infections than adults. To avoid constant hospital visits learn to keep a high level of hygiene around them. Always wash or sanitize your hands before carrying your baby, this rule also applies to visitors.

3.  Wash your hands after you dispose of diapers. Use mild soap and detergents to wash and rinse clothes severally. Steam bottles properly if you use infant formula. Constantly clean your home, especially the room where the baby stays.

4.  Bond with your baby– This is one way to let the newborn know that the parents are the most important people in his life. New dad’s, let him sleep in your chest, new moms look into his eyes while breastfeeding him and give a huge smile. Talk to your baby, make sure your baby, play with him, bond any way possible.

5.  Follow Your Instincts- You will be unsure of a lot of things and inexperienced but your instincts can be a useful guide so do not undermine it. If you feel uncomfortable in an environment where your baby is, Leave, you may not know why but just do it. It may seem stupid or exaggerated but go ahead, it is safer and easier that way.

6.  Sleep when he/or she sleeps-When babies are a few weeks old, they take some time to adjust to our timing and sleep patterns. So you may find them sleeping in the day and mostly awake at night. It’s going to be stressful having to adjust your timing to suit theirs. The only way to cope is by getting enough sleep when your new one is asleep cause you may never know when you will have the next sleep.

7.  Work As A Team– The responsibility of taking care of the baby should not be shifted to only one end. Parenting involves the father and the mother. So as new parents, learn to work together to make the job easier. Dad can change diapers or rock the baby while mom takes a nap for spending all night awake. This way, it eases the burden for both parties, and create family bonds.

8.  Trust yourself– You may be inexperienced but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to handle a fragile newborn. Trust yourself self and you will see amazing results. Feelings of uncertainty and nervousness are normal when you are handling an infant for the first time. Take things slowly, give full concentration, and take time to understand your baby. It won’t take long before you nail it. However if you keep feeling you are not up to it, you won’t do a good job.

 

Parenting Tips For Toddlers

Toddlers are a lot more active and energetic so you would need to be on your toes all the time to keep up with their pace.

As parents how can you deal with all their tantrums, excessive energy, noise, exploration, misbehavior, and other attitudes infamous with toddlers? Below are some practical parenting tips for parents with toddlers.

1. Proof The House– Toddlers years, from age 1 to 3 are the most years of exploration and inquisitiveness. They want to see, feel and touch everything.

You should guard against accidents and other emergencies by putting the house in a state where it is safe and free to play, without any harmful objects around.

Proofing the house may involve a change in furniture, decorations, keeping plastic bags out of reach, shutting up the cupboard or the attics, keeping breakables up, shelves, covering electric wires, and arranging any other thing in the home that could be injurious.

Because Your toddler will explore every area. Also always be alert and watchful so they don’t play too rough and get injured or stuck in harmful places.

2.  For meals, explore various varieties: Toddlers are open to new tastes and sensations. They may love one food today, and become suddenly uninterested the next day. So do not expect them to stick to a particular meal for long. Be ready to offer varieties and change meal type. Be patient while they eat, and know that there will be some wastage. Get ready to eat a lot of leftover foods.

3.  Start setting boundaries now!!! Toddlers are known for defying orders. Of course, they are unstable and are still testing so many things. Now is the time to establish those boundaries and make them stand. Set Reasonable Limits for your toddler and stick around them. Do not overindulge, be understanding but do not give in to wrongs. Make your toddler know that rules are to be obeyed and there are rewards and consequences. The earlier they understand limits, the easier it is to train them.

4.  Be ready to go goofy– If you want to be involved in your child’s life, you should be ready to get to their world. To connect effectively with your toddler, you need to get to their level be ready to get to their world. And that means mummy being able to act like a big bear, and daddy, ready to be dressed up like a princess.

5.  There will be some mess; toddlers can easily mess up every part of your home with splashes and spills, mud tracts, and soiled clothes. It can be overwhelming for parents on how to handle such. When the kids turn 1.5 years old you should get ready for a mess. Preparing your mind makes it easier to cope and less stressful. While you plan on directing your toddlers from making messes, know that your home won’t be in that tip-top shape as it was before kids came around.

6.  Create routines– Be ready to establish structures that guide the way your kids behave. For example, having an early bedtime. Bathing before eating, greeting adults. If kids can establish good routines, it will help them a lot when they get older.

7.  Develop a unique relationship with your kids– Every child has unique peculiarities. So connect so well so that you can know their strength and weaknesses and know how to relate well with your kid.

 

Positive Parenting Tips

Below are my top 10 positive parenting tips all new parents need. They will find it useful in their parenting journey. These tips are relevant for infants, toddlers and teenagers even adults kids.

 

1.  Be Flexible

All that you desire in your kid: the proper behavior and training, excellent performance, outstanding skills, will not just happen at once. It will take some time so do not be too hard on yourself and your kid. Instead, be flexible and be ready to accommodate some mistakes and changes.

Being too rigid with your kid won’t give you the desired goal. Know when to tweak rules and make adjustments based on the unique peculiarities of your kid.

 

2.  Give Attention

More than the sweets and the candies and the expensive trips or toys, kids want their parents to have time for them. They watch you and know when you are paying attention and when you are just faking it.

One parenting tip every new parent need is learning when to give utmost attention to their kids. Dear parents, get off social media, postpone those messages and get down with your kids. Play, jump, do those things that make them assured that you are there for them.

 

3.  Know When To Be A Pal And When To Be A Parent

You need to get to their level, you need to be their friend, you need to understand them and make it yourself available, to get to know your kids and to befriend them.

Get them on a level playing ground with you where you both can interact and reason out things together. However, know that you are the parent and the one in charge.

Do not let them undermine your authority. Learn to switch modes when you need to direct and control and be firm. It is necessary to do that.

 

4.  Be Consistent

As a new parent you need to be consistent in whatever you do with your toddlers, as it is those things that are often repeated that sticks for them.

Be consistent with showing love, with rules, and corrections. Giving praises, punctuality, neatness, kindness, and spending time with them. Show consistency in everything as this is a key factor that will guide them on the right path in life.

 

5.  Own Up To Your Wrongs

One parenting tip all new parents need to learn early, is owing up to wrongs. As a parent, you’re not going to be free from mistakes. Do not act like a mini God to your kids, refusing to accept wrongs.

When you make mistakes, be mature enough to tell your kids I am sorry I did this wrong or it was a mistake. Kids are not too small or big to apologize to. when you can be bold enough to acknowledge your wrongs to your kids you teach them to also be responsible and to be truly sorry when they make mistakes.

 

6.  Be The Best Model For Your Kids

Your kids will always be watching what you do. How you handle stress, neatness, punctuality, everything. So, learn to show them a good example. let your kids learn good and responsible traits from you other than anyone else it will make them obey and respect you more.

 

7.  Avoid Comparison

Every child is different, and unique in their own. This is one parenting tip, every new parent need to always remember. Avoid comparing your kids and other kids.

Every child learns at their own pace. Even when you are not satisfied with what you expect from your child, it is positive Parenting to keep encouraging and supporting and believing in your child’s ability. Making negative remarks or yelling at the child especially in presence of his friends isn’t cool and wouldn’t make you go far with your kid.

 

8.  Don’t Go Overboard When Correcting

Correction should be done be in perspective. Do not shout or complain or over-analyze. Most of us parents are culprits to this. Instead, be positive. Take the necessary steps to correct your child but don’t go overboard.

 

9.  Establish Positive Parenting Goals

 

Your parenting goals are unique to your family. It is what you want for your selves as a family. Parenting goal is the way you intend to parent your kids.

A structure around which you would guide and train them with the values you intend to imbibe. The kind of lifestyle to lead. A useful tip new parents need to flourish in their journey is setting definite parenting goals.

 

10.  Never Neglect Or Give Up On Your Child

You will experience different moments with your kids: proud moments, funny and happy ones, disappointing times, tough and challenging moments, times when you will be scared for them, a time when you will be so angry and wish those things you don’t mean.

Whatever the case is no matter how tough it is, never give up on your kids. Keep believing in them and be a source of encouragement. That could be one of the greatest factors that will turn things around.

I have poured out my heart to give these 10 parenting tips for new Parents. I know you will find it super useful and in a few years, you will be thanking me for this. #winks.

 

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