How to be a confident parent
Becoming a new parent and bringing your newborn home is the most daunting experience to navigate. Along with all the joy and love you’re feeling, it’s entirely normal to feel unprepared and overwhelmed. If you’re struggling to adjust to becoming a mum or dad, we’ve rounded up a few handy tips on how to be a more confident parent.
Listen to your mum intuition (or dad intuition!)
Motherly intuition isn’t a myth, nor is fatherly intuition for that matter—sometimes parents just know. Learn to trust your instincts when it comes to your new baby. You know your baby best, so if you feel that something is wrong—perhaps he’s sleeping more than usual, or fussier when he feeds—don’t ignore your gut feeling. Book an appointment with your healthcare professional for advice. The more you act on your instincts, the more your confidence will grow.
Build a support network
Everyone needs a solid support system. From helpful family members and understanding friends to that all-important mummy group, they can offer advice, babysitting and even a much-needed laugh! Beyond that, ensure you have a selection of experts on hand too. Qualified professionals will be able to answer any unique questions you have, easing any worries.
Ignore the myth of parenthood
It’s best to have realistic expectations of parenthood and what it is like becoming a new mum or dad. There is no such thing as the perfect parent, so try and let go of that thought. Accept that things might not go as planned, that everything is going to take a little longer (even just getting out the house), and that priorities will change. You can only do your best.
Make time for self-care
Self-care is so important, for both your mental and physical health. You’re a parent now, but that’s only part of your identity. Keep up a hobby that you enjoyed before your baby came along, whether that’s drawing, playing an instrument or a fitness class. Be kind to yourself and start switching that inner monologue into something more positive. You’re not failing; you’re learning. If you had any questions or concerns, seek advice from your healthcare professional.
Be a role model for your child
Just as you want to be a confident parent, don’t forget that it’s your responsibility to guide your baby into becoming a happy, confident child. Be a positive role mode. Enjoy fun and active playtime together—no screen time needed. And don’t forget your child is more likely to eat healthy foods and be willing to try new foods if they see you eating them. Encouraging these healthy habits early sets the stage for your child’s future development.