5 Mistakes New Parents Should Avoid Making

February 28, 2015

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Everyone hates to admit it, but every parent makes mistakes, even your own parents. But we've compiled a list of the most common parenting mistakes so hopefully you can stop yourself from making them too. 


1.  Worrying about every little thing and assuming the worst. 


Many new parents panic about things like spit up, coughs, bowel movements, appetite... pretty much a lot of things a baby does. It's normal to worry since you've probably never had to take care of an infant before. But this may be bad for the child since they can sense the anxiety. It also gets in the way of enjoying your baby's first year and the memorable moments that come along with it. Most babies are tougher than you think. 


2.  Not letting others help you. 

You want to make sure everything is done properly and the way you want it, so you end up doing everything yourself. But sometimes accepting help is not a bad thing. It takes some of the burden off of you and gives you time to relax and recharge, even it if it's only for a few minutes.


3.  Neglecting your spouse.

The baby can take up a lot of your time and attention, but don't forget about your other relationships, especially the one with your significant other. Make sure you set up some quality time with each other, even if your child tags along. Maybe try to go out for a cup of coffee, grab quick bite to eat or take a walk around the block. Your happiness will have a positive affect on your baby and your relationship.


4.  Spending too much money.


Many parents want to buy everything new for their first child. But don't dismiss a hand-me-down, they can save you a lot of money. You can get things like clothes, toys or even bigger items from friends who have older children. Also, try to avoid buying multiples of everything. Most find that they end up having too many items because they were worried that they wouldn't be prepared once the baby arrives. It's not the end of the world if you forget something... you can always send your husband on a trip to the store later.


5.  Comparing your baby to others.

It's normal to share milestones with other parents, especially if they're your friends or family and have babies around the same age. But don't worry if your little one is a slightly behind or faster in development compared to other babies. Remember that every baby develops at their own pace.


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