You’re a new parent! Welcome to the club!
You’ve read every baby book, parenting blog, article, and research you could get your hands on while waiting for your baby to come. The day has come, and she’s finally here! Now what?! All of the sudden every detail of information you had etched in your mind is a distant memory with the arrival of this sweet baby. How do I hold her? How do I change her? What if she cries?
Please know that all these questions are completely normal and millions of new parents feel the same way. YOU ARE NOT ALONE! As a postpartum doula and a mother of three children, I will tell you that there will times of trial and error, times of go with the flow, and sometimes things may fall into place on accident and fit perfectly for your family!
If you have a postpartum doula, they can help you to build your confidence in taking care of your newborn. They are your personal newborn care and parenting coach, always cheering you on and they are there to confide in when parenting feels hard. They won’t tell you how to take care of your baby, or how to parent your baby, but instead, go over your options of different ways of taking care of your baby so you can decide what works best for you and your family.
Local parenting groups are a really great place not only to make new friends that are in the same season of life that you are but to learn from them in talking about any parenting wins or any obstacles they’ve overcome. It’s a great way to hear about different techniques, products, and resources for parents.
Let’s face it, there’s so much information out there for parents. It can get extremely overwhelming! Go with your gut, don’t worry about what others are or aren’t doing and don’t feel afraid to reach out for help at any time!
YOU’VE GOT THIS!
I’d love to have you join our local parenting group here in the Cleveland area! Forest City Pregnancy & Postpartum Chat