Letter to new parents
Dear new parents,
Having a new baby is one of the biggest events in your life. There will be days when you feel like your heart will burst with the love you have for this new little person. There will be other days when you might question why you thought it was a good idea to become a parent in the first place. You will get bombarded with contradictory parenting advice and become overwhelmed. This is all normal. When you are in the throes of caring for a new baby, please remember these few things:
There is no such thing as “perfect.” You can never be a perfect parent, nor will you be able to read a book or website and learn all that you need to know. Such a book or website does not and will never exist. You will make mistakes and learn as you go. You will make changes and adjust as you grow as a parent. You will do the best that you can. Give yourself permission to make mistakes.
Have patience. This stage, phase, or situation that you are in is just for a short time. Your baby will grow and change a little bit each day and you will too. Feedings in the wee hours of morning, colic, teething irritability, and tantrums are just phases that will pass. This doesn’t mean that you can’t do anything to help make these phases a little easier, but just remember that a little time helps too.
Trust your instincts. Don’t second guess your instincts when it comes to what is best for you and your baby. When you get conflicting advice, don’t assume someone else is right and you are wrong. No one else knows your baby and his/her needs like you do. Trust yourself and do what you think is best for yourself and your child.
Someday you will look back on this time with fond memories and a happy heart. You’ll wish you could do it all over again and you wouldn’t change a thing. Your child will tell you that you were the best mom in the world and you’ll agree.
Moms who’ve been there
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