Being a new mother is an exciting time in life, however, it can also be a time filled with anxiety and stress for those who feel uncertain about their parenting abilities. There are many things to keep in mind and keeping track of all the details and debates surrounding proper baby care can be disorienting.
Knowing where to turn when you need some help is essential for being a good parent. Whether you look to your family physician, family and friends, or Nutricia Careline, there are many sources of advice and support available for new parents. If you have a newborn and you need to know who you can trust to find reliable advice, you may need some guidance on finding such sources.
To this end, let’s look at where and how new mothers can find trusted advice for caring for their children and themselves.
Your Family Physician
Family doctors are a great resource for advice on how to care for a newborn. Whether you consult with the doctor who is going to or did, assist you with giving birth or a specialist such as a lactation consultant, these professionals typically have years of experience in their field. Having helped many new mothers and their newborns to thrive in the early months following birth, they are sure to have the experience-based advice that will put your mind at ease.
If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s well-being or proper care, always consult with your physician first.
Family And Friends
Those members of your extended family, as well as your circle of friends who have already had children, will be able to provide useful advice for your new situation. Whether it comes to traditional remedies for how to soothe a crying baby or tips for how to navigate your relationship with your partner while both of you are sleep deprived, you will likely hear many useful and amusing stories that will help you in a positive way.
However, be sure to treat some advice with a grain of salt. It is usually best to stick with scientifically based advice, for example, and not some of the more esoteric solutions proposed by non-medical advisors. To be sure, if you solicit baby advice from family and friends, you are likely to find that much of it is contradictory. As such, apply the pieces of advice that are useful and seem to work well and politely ignore the rest.
Even though the internet houses just about every wild and ridiculous theory on childcare in existence, it can be a surprisingly useful resource for new parents. While exercising good judgment in your selection of sources, you should be able to find actionable advice that can improve the care you provide for your child.
Verifying advice across multiple credible sources is a good means of ensuring that it is sound. Try not to look too closely at childcare forums where anyone is free to offer advice on any topic. These will only confuse or mislead you from more effective courses of action.
Seek Support When You Need It
Each of the above sources of advice are great resources if you need support as a new parent. It can be difficult to think clearly if you are sleep deprived and sometimes you simply want some reliable answers to your childcare concerns. If you are still expecting, take the time early on to learn more about basic infant care. In all cases, make sure that you have the advice and support you need to ensure that your child grows up happy and healthy, ideally, while you remain sane in the process.