Getting Help With Your Newborn
Becoming a new parent is exciting, but it can also become stressful and overwhelming if you’re not sure exactly what you’re doing. That is why having help is incredibly important for new parents as it can help ease some of the sleep deprivation, physical exhaustion and uncertainty that comes with caring for a newborn.
Once upon a time, the entire village would help raise a child, so you should never feel like it’s wrong to ask for help or think you are a burden on others, especially when it comes to friends and family. Besides, getting help will not only be better for you, but also for your baby.
Call Your Relatives
When possible, most women appreciate having their mother or another close relative come to help them out following the birth of a baby. Having someone who is close to you is the best way to get help as they already know your likes and dislikes, and what kind of help you would prefer to have. Many women prefer their mothers simply because there is a strong element of trust, an emotion connection, and experienced mothers have the best instincts when it comes to raising children. For many mothers (or grandmothers), helping in this way isn’t like work at all and it’s a great way for them to bond with their grandchild.
The next best way to get help is from close friends. Friends come in handy especially when close family members live far away, as you can call them and ask for help on short notice. Even if your close friends don’t have experience dealing with a newborn, they can still come by and help in a valuable way, such as by doing some laundry, throwing together a casserole, or helping to tidy up the house. In the meantime, you can either try to catch some much needed sleep, or you can bond with your baby in peace, knowing that there isn’t a mountain of housework waiting for you. Even if you could get a friend to drop in for a couple of hours once a week, the benefits to you will be astronomical. Make sure you show your appreciation to your friends by sending them a bouquet of flowers or a gift basket now and then.
In today’s world, it’s tough to find people who can put in the time necessary to help you out with your baby. Even if you have close friends and family, chances are good that they have their own jobs, children and households to tend to as well. For this reason, it’s a good idea to look into getting some hired help, if only for a short time. There are a lot of people you can hire to make your life easier, such as a housekeeper, a nanny, a grocery deliverer or even a landscaper. For a little extra help with the baby, ask your hospital or health care provider about hiring a baby nurse. These nurses are invaluable as they can come to your home and help you out with any issues you may have, such as feeding, changing, crying and more.
As a new parent, you should not be afraid to ask for help from those around you. When it comes down to it, they are not just helping you mentally and physically to get though a challenging time, but they are also helping you to care better for your newborn baby.