Having a baby for the first time means that there are going to be all sorts of new experiences in store for parents. It doesn’t matter how many movies that you’ve seen or how many friends have told you exactly what you can expect.
At the end of the day, it’s all about experiencing it for yourself and trying to do the best that you can with your resources. No parent is perfect, and it’s unreasonable to expect yourself to do the perfect job. Therefore, learning from others mistakes is beneficial in order to avoid as much stress as possible.
When it comes to the most common mistakes that first-time parents make, here are the ones that stand out the most.
Buying Too Much Stuff
Many parents make the mistake of believing that they have to buy absolutely everything that Amazon says they need. They get the vibrating chair and the indoor electrical swing and the outdoor battery swing. They buy the latest building blocks and the lamp in the shape of a rocket that costs the price of an original Picasso.
At the end of the day, all they end up with is a huge pile of debt and a closet full of things that they never used. Ultimately, in the beginning, all you need are the basics. The rest you can make do without for a while. You will need to have a car to drive the baby home from the hospital, a car seat, a crib, a source of milk, clothing, and a baby carrier. The rest will come as you need it.
Not Taking Time For Themselves
Giving yourself time as a new parent is important. Many parents feel guilty about taking time for themselves when they have a new little one to look after. However, it’s important to remember that you’re still a person who has needs and individual interests.
It’s ok to ask a family member to come over so you can take an hour to eat in peace or even just take a bath. There’s nothing wrong with saying that you need a moment to step back from all the madness.
Reading Too Many Parenting Books
While parenting books can be extremely helpful in many ways, they can also start to overcomplicate your view on what a parent should do.
There is no one right way to raise a child and believing that you should strictly follow a handbook in order to create the best version of your child that you can is only going to set up an enormous amount of pressure for yourself.
Rather than making these books the ultimate rules, take it as a loose guide, and follow your own gut and instinct.