The baby shower is in full swing! The mommy-to-be is opening outfit after precious little outfit amidst a chorus of "Oooo's" and "Ahhh's" from the guests. The car seat and stroller combo even received applause! You smile as she picks up a small, slender package, because she has no idea it contains something that will become invaluable in the days to come.
For many of us, our pets are our first "children," soaking up our love and attention as valued members of our families. But everything changes when a new baby arrives. This can be a rough adjustment for our beloved canine family members. Here are some tips to keep in mind to help your fur baby accept and adapt to the new baby, and all the changes a new baby brings.
When you think of baby shower gifts, the first things that come to your mind are practical things - baby clothes, pacifiers, the works. But those things are consumable goods. The diapers will be depleted; the baby clothes fit one month and are too small the next. One thing that can't be exhausted? Knowledge. For your next baby shower, why not consider gifting the soon-to-be-parents with a course from our experts at NewbornCourse?
Though the Internet is filled with simple articles on pregnancy and baby care, our courses offer doctor-reviewed lessons and tips for ensuring the healthiest environment for parents and babies. With 24/7 interactive and video content, learning about childcare is easy and fun.
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Friends who are or are planning on being parents will share your joy. There will, likely, be excited conversations of future outings, playdates, and sitter referrals.
His body may not distort or tell him he needs to eat some crazy food combo that even you raised an eyebrow at when it first popped in your head, but your partner in this life long venture became a parent at the moment conception occurred, too. Keeping him involved from day one is going to strengthen the unbreakable bond between father and child as sure as the bond between mother and child grows stronger as your baby grows inside you.
Changes brought on by pregnancy are a lot to comprehend. What was once a normal routine is now changed for the safety of your baby, and that means your exercise routine, too! What exercises can I continue to do while I'm pregnant? What exercises should I avoid? We've got our top and most important do's and don't's for working out while pregnant!
DO talk to your healthcare provider before starting exercise. While exercise is generally safe and actually beneficial for pregnancy, the Mayo Clinic states that there are some complications where exercise should ultimately be avoided. Best way to know if you're a good candidate for exercising? Talking to your doctor first.
DO continue to exercise, but NOT at the same level you did before you were pregnant, says WebMD. Go by what feels comfortable and don't push yourself too hard.
DO start exercising (once you have your doctor's approval), even if you didn't exercise before you got pregnant. An NPR article discusses a JAMA review regarding a former notion that starting exercise for the first time during pregnancy was dangerous has now been accepted as a myth.
DON'T ignore warning signs that you are over-exerting or unsafely exercising. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, these changes include vaginal bleeding, dizziness or faintness, shortness of breath, headaches, weakness in the muscles, painful uterine contractions, pain or cramping of the calves, and vaginal fluid leakage. If you experiences these or any other changes, you should stop all exercise and see a healthcare provider immediately.
DON'T do crunches after the first trimester, warns Fit Pregnancy. This can cause dizziness or nausea by suppressing a major blood vessel. Talk to your doctor for safer alternatives for a core workout.
Adapting to pregnancy is difficult, but with your healthcare provider's guidance, continuing or even starting exercise is helpful and may even relieve symptoms brought on by pregnancy. So get moving, for both of you!
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As a new dad, your time is going to be at a premium. At Newborncourse.com, we understand that. So let's get to it.
- Consider FMLA
In the United States, the Family Medical Leave Act entitles you to take unpaid leave without risk of losing your job. Some forward-thinking companies offer paid paternity leave. If yours does, take advantage of that without a second thought. The time frame when your child first enters the world is one you can never get back. If at all possible take the time off work to be there 24/7 with your partner and child in the beginning. It's important for bonding with baby, for your relationship with your partner, and for your own mental health.
- Ask for and accept help from friends/family
Recognize that there will be times when the demands outweigh the possibilities. You may become overwhelmed, particularly in the beginning. This is a time to lean on family and friends, many of whom want nothing more than to be there for you. Allow them to do that. You'll be a better man for it.
- Forgive yourself
No one walks in to the fatherhood game knowing everything they need to know. Building your skill set as a new dad parallels learning a new skill set for any job or hobby. It takes time. And along the way, when you're just getting your feet, you will drop the ball. Don't beat yourself up over it. Learn from it and move forward.
- Connect with other new dads
There is no need to feel alone. Whether online or in real life, connecting with other men who are experiencing the same things you are is incredibly helpful. Seek them out. You'll be glad you did.
- Enlist the help of a professional
When you have a newborn with special physical needs, an adopted child with psychological issues, or a blended family where one or more members are not coping well with the change, waste no time in enlisting the help of a professional. Depending on your situation, that may mean family counseling, guidance from faith leaders in your own spiritual community, individual psychotherapy for one or more family members, or an entire cadre of specialist physicians. The key is to know when you're out of your league as far as physical or psychiatric issues.
To get the basics covered, educate yourself before baby even comes home. Our courses will ensure that you're equipped to deal with the common challenges that come with caring for the newest addition to your family.
- Make your relationship with your significant other a top priority
Your relationship with your significant other can take a major hit when a new child enters the picture. Don't let it happen. Make regular "dates" and keep them. Understand that one of the greatest favors you can do for your child is to demonstrate for them when a healthy, loving, adult relationship looks like.
- Take a step back when you need a break
Don't be afraid to step away for a few minutes when you need it. That might mean getting out of the house for a few hours while your spouse or responsible older child cares for baby. Take yourself to lunch or a movie, meet for coffee with your best friend, go shoot some hoops at the park. A change of scenery, even for a short time, can rejuvenate you and leave you feeling better equipped to be the great new dad you know you can be.
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