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  • Writer's pictureAlana Taylor

How to survive the first week as a parent

Surviving the first week as a parent can be both exhilarating and challenging. Here are some tips to help you get through it:

  1. Get as much sleep as possible before the baby arrives.

  2. Accept help from family and friends.

  3. Create a schedule and stick to it as much as possible.

  4. Don't be afraid to ask for help with feeding, changing and comforting the baby.

  5. Take breaks when needed and don't be afraid to ask for a nap.

  6. Connect with other new parents for support.

  7. Trust your instincts.

  8. Celebrate small victories, such as a successful feeding or a good night's sleep.

  9. Remember that every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another.

  10. Be kind to yourself and remember that it's okay to make mistakes.

Sleep is crucial in the first week as a parent, so try to get as much rest as possible before the baby arrives. This will help you feel more alert and prepared to handle the demands of a newborn.

Accepting help from family and friends is also important. You will need all the support you can get, so don’t be afraid to ask for help with tasks like cooking, cleaning or running errands.

Having a schedule can help you stay organized and keep on top of tasks, but be flexible and don't hesitate to modify it as needed. For example, you may need to adjust feeding times or allow for longer naps.

Feeding, changing and comforting the baby can be overwhelming, so don't be afraid to ask for help. If possible, have your partner, family member or friend assist you, or consider hiring a postpartum doula.

It’s important to take breaks when you need them, so don't hesitate to ask for a nap or time to yourself. Connecting with other new parents can also provide support and a sense of community.

Trust your instincts and remember that every baby is different. What works for one may not work for another, so don't be afraid to try new things and find what works best for you and your baby.

Finally, be kind to yourself and celebrate small victories. Every feeding, successful nap and good night's sleep is a step in the right direction, so remember to take a moment to appreciate these milestones.

In conclusion, the first week as a parent can be challenging, but with the right support and a positive outlook, you can get through it. Remember to prioritize sleep, accept help, create a schedule, trust your instincts and be kind to yourself.

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