Feeding a Baby: Breast or Bottle
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You’re not expected to have all the answers. Becoming a parent is a process. A lot of parents find that it takes time to get the hang of it.
Keep an open mind - prepare for the unexpected!
Have a basic understanding of what babies like and need
Take care of yourself. Try to rest whenever you can
Accept your feelings - being stressed and angry can be common emotions
Accept that change will be the new normal
Back yourself and have confidence in your own abilities
Trust your own instincts - don't take advice on face value
Build supports and ask for help when you need it
Making time for yourself is often the last thing on your mind or it can feel too selfish.
Giving yourself a break and looking after yourself helps you to be a better parent.
Here are some ideas, but you might like to come up with your own list!
Becoming a parent means there is less time to spend with your partner, friends and relatives. Fulfilling your need for love and support is still important though!
You may be single, in a couple, or expanding your family with varying levels of support.
It's no surprise that a new baby brings changes to the workload and new demands on your time.
Try to talk about it with the people around you and work out the right balance for your family:
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