Being a parent is the most difficult yet most important and satisfying work you will ever do.

During the busy and exciting days that comprise the first weeks of parenting, remember to take good care of yourself as well as your newborn. Here are tips on how to survive the early weeks with your little bundle.

  • Get as much rest as possible. Sleep when the baby sleeps, and take turns with your spouse or partner in sleeping late on weekend mornings.
  • Eat nutritious meals. If a neighbor or friend offers to help, ask the person to bring you a wholesome dinner or do your grocery shopping.
  • Join a parenting group. You will learn about caring for your baby while meeting other parents who share your interests and concerns.
  • Don’t expect too much from yourself. Housework won’t always get done, but eventually you will get back to a routine.
  • Call your doctor or clinic with any questions or concerns you may have. This will save you from needless worry.
  • Though visitors can be nice, don’t let them interrupt your rest or your family time.
  • Dads, don’t let mothers have all the fun! Spend lots of time caring for and playing with baby. The rewards are incredible.
  • Ensure your infant receives necessary immunizations and has the required pediatrician checkups.
  • If you have older children, let them know every day that you love them.
  • When you find yourself getting frustrated and angry with your baby, call for help. Ask a friend, neighbor or relative to take care of the baby while you take a break.
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