Guest Post by Erica Johnson.
I’m delighted to feature a guest post today by Erica Johnson, the Main Editor for Inner Parents and a very proud mother of two who’s passionate about the latest parenting tips & baby products. As a mum to two Erica understands the initial fear of having a baby and reassures us that babies are not as difficult as you may initially think, that kids are something you can cope with and that the products and resources available today make raising kids a whole lot easier than in times gone by.
“Babies: They’re Not As Difficult As You May Think!” Let’s get started…
If you are thinking about having your first baby or if you are expecting the birth of your first child soon, you understandably may feel a sense of uncertainty and even fear about the unknown. This is understandable given that you will be responsible for the full time care of this child for at least the next 18 years. When you think about all of the challenges that you may face during this period, you may want to run for the hills. However, parents have been having babies since the beginning of humanity, and you do not need to make this experience more complicated than it actually is.
Your Basic Instincts
You may hear other parents talk about their sleepless nights and about the challenges of getting a baby to stop crying. However, parents often learn how to share the load of childrearing responsibilities so that no parent is doing all of the work all of the time. More than that, your basic instincts will kick in very quickly so that you can learn what your child’s cries mean and how to tend to his or her needs. While many parents may complain about some of these aspects of parenting, you do not hear much about those intensely raw and precious moments when you are holding your sleeping baby in your arms in the wee hours of the morning, smelling the sweet scent of baby shampoo and holding a tiny hand gently in your own. Parenting may be hard work, but it is not without its rewards. It may be challenging at times, but it is certainly not impossible.
The Right Gear
The good news is that today’s parents have many advantages parents from even a few decades ago did not have. For example, there are now more soothing devices, bottle warmers, breast pumps and baby food pouches that make the life of a parent much easier. More than that, you can easily research gear online, and you can even order it right to your door.
Advice From Many Sources
Many parents love to share advice and words of wisdom with new parents. While you may think that the challenges that you face as a parent are unique, they may be common. Many parents may have had experiences you can learn from. You may be a first-time parent, but you are not recreating the wheel, so to speak. Everyone from your own parents to friends, neighbours and co-workers have great advice for you. You even have the added benefit of being able to search for strategies and answers online, which parents from previous generations did not have.
Becoming a parent is undoubtedly a life-changing experience. Parenting will challenge you and cause you to grow as a person in ways that you may have not have known you could grow. However, parenting is rather innate, and you will naturally know how to care for your child. You also have access to an incredible amount of gear, advice and more. Most parents will tell you that becoming a parent was the best thing that ever happened to them, and you will realise this from the very first day you hold your little one in your arms.
Thanks Erica. some good advice worth sharing. I know from personal experience that having your first children is scary and I certainly questioned how I was going to cope – but I did! It’s good that we do have so many new products to help us out and online compare and comparison sites and resources like Inner Parents are certainly something I think parents use nowadays.
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