Common Concerns of New Parents

You’re about to embark on a brand new phase of your life. Soon you will be welcoming a new little person into your home and raising the family you have always wanted. It’s thrilling and emotional and scary.

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Whether you adopt a child or conceive, it’s natural to feel apprehensive. The majority of new parents share these concerns. We have compiled a list of some of the common worries and how to tackle them.

  1. What If I Don’t Bond?

If you haven’t had children before, it’s difficult to comprehend the bonding process. Many parents worry about not feeling that instant connection with their son or daughter? The truth is that bonding is different for everyone. It’s not always instant. For some people, the bonding process takes days, weeks or even months.

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  1. What If I Don’t Know What To Do?

There are lots of things to consider when starting a family. There is no end to the information and advice you will receive. You can’t know everything. No-one does. Not even seasoned parents, though they may tell you otherwise. By all means, read, do your research and go to classes. But don’t worry about knowing everything. You learn on the job and what you don’t know you ask. There are always people who can help, including family and professionals.

  1. What If I Harm My Baby?

Most parents worry about accidentally harming their child, especially newborn babies. They worry about dropping them or slipping when they’re carrying them. It’s completely natural to worry about your child’s safety. If you follow standard safety precautions, this is very unlikely to happen. If you’re unsure about how to do something then ask a professional for advice. But try not to worry.

  1. What If I Don’t Have All The Right Stuff?

Babies require a lot of ‘stuff.’ This includes car seats, cribs, toys, and clothes, etc. However, you don’t need everything straight away. Don’t panic buy and stock up on expensive equipment. Cover the basics and work out the rest after your child arrives.

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  1. How Will I Get Everything Done?

The impact of having a child won’t hit you until he or she arrives. Your life will change considerably. Worrying about getting everything done is a common concern. Especially for people who already lead busy lives.

It is important to accept that things won’t be perfect. You will need to prioritize and compromise. You’ll quickly assess what are the most important things. Everything else can wait. Focus on looking after your child and yourself. If you have to be up and out at a certain time, then set yourself a schedule. Focus on that. The house may not be immaculate. So what? Your makeup may not be perfect. It doesn’t matter. Once you accept that things will be different, you can stop putting so much pressure on yourself.

  1. How Will I Know If My Child Is Sick?

Many parents worry about their child becoming ill and how to recognize symptoms. They will have numerous coughs, colds and other ailments throughout their lives. As you become more experienced as a parent, you will become more attuned to their needs. If you feel there is an emergency situation, always call 911. For less serious situations, call the doctor. Don’t worry about being over-anxious. If you’re unsure then call.

  1. How Will I Find Time For My Partner?

When your child arrives, it will change both of your lives forever. Initially, you will both be caught up in preparations, and adjusting to your new life. It will be hectic, and you will both be tired. You won’t be able to go out as much as you used to. And you won’t be able to do all the things you used to do. However, there will be lots of other wonderful moments to compensate. You’ll watch your child grow and develop over time and get to know him or her. You will spend time as a family unit.

It is important to make time for yourselves. Find people you can trust to take care of the child and plan a few date nights. There won’t be as many as there were before but you will certainly appreciate them.

  1. Will I Ever Sleep Again?

Sleep is one of the greatest challenges facing new parents. You’re going to feel more tired than you’ve ever done in your life. There are several things you can do to encourage a good night’s sleep. And you should try to nap during the day when your child sleeps.

It’s natural to feel worried and apprehensive when your life is about to change. Plan and research as much as you can but don’t worry about knowing everything. There will be lots of people around you who can help. And the rest is a matter of learning on the job.

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