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March 11, 2024 3 Min Read

Beyond the Nursery: Essential Steps to Prepare for Your Parenting Journey

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Whether you’re just starting and you’ve found out you’re pregnant or raising older kids, parenting is a wild ride. 

With the most important considerations in mind, you can enjoy the moment, keep things running smoothly both now and moving forward, and reduce the risk of any potential surprises.

That’s what we’re talking about today, covering some of the best ways to get and stay prepared on your parenting journey, no matter how far along you are.

 

Diving into Parenting: Understanding Its Depth

Parenting is a deep-sea dive—it’s rewarding, but it also demands preparedness, planning, and learning.

Getting used to the idea of ‘You’ to ‘You, the parent’ is like molding clay – it needs time, patience, and a sprinkle of creativity. Here are some quick tips to lend you a hand in this artistic journey.

Embrace the Change

Consider this – your life is not switching lanes; it’s embracing an expansion. Your existing routine likely needs some tweaking to accommodate your new VIP—your baby. Accept the changes, embrace them, and let the transformation shape the super parent in you!

Learning is Key

From baby nutrition to sleep patterns, a little knowledge can go a long way.  

Books, blogs, online videos, and courses can all help you learn the basics of parenting. There’s a wealth of information out there to accommodate the style of parenting that appeals to you.

That said, don’t risk burning out. 

You don’t need to read every book under the sun to become a good parent. You’re a winner if you pay attention to your child’s needs, seek balance in your life and theirs, and approach each situation with as much love, compassion, and patience as possible.

Simply use educational resources to help prompt you and put you in the direction you want, or get ideas for solving problems.

Communication and Expectations

Coach Sue Ellen Sweeney offers three pieces of advice to couples as they prepare for parenthood:

  1. It’s important for the couple to assess their communication in the partnership. Are both individuals able to identify and communicate their feelings and needs? Can they resolve conflict in a way that helps each of them learn and grow in their love and connection with each other?
  2. Expecting couples should plan how to manage and organize their time, prioritizing time for self, couple and baby bonding time, and REST.
  3. Identify positive supports to ease some of the additional demands of parenting and family life. This also involves setting clear boundaries with well-intentioned family and friends.

Connect with Other Parents

Who better to guide you through the wild ride of parenting than fellow riders? 

As much as we learn from our own experiences, having an outside opinion from someone who can see, hear, and connect with your situation can be helpful.

 

Stepping into Your Newly-Minted Role: Key Initiatives

Basics aren’t Basic

First, equip yourself with the parenting ABCs — nurturing, nutrition, changing diapers, child safety, and more. Because, let’s face it, parenting isn’t all about adorable onesies.

Work on mastering the basics and addressing basic needs, and you’re well on your way to a stress-free life (at least more so than if you didn’t). With the essentials taken care of, you can focus on the more important aspects of your day.

Practice makes perfect!

Functional is Fashionable

Consider your home and the space your child has to live in.

Trendy Pinterest-inspired decors are cool, but remember, kids need functionality. 

Room temperature? Check. 

Comfortable sleeping space? Check. 

Easy access to baby essentials? Double-check!

Storage is your best friend for your child’s room, and you’ll always want to ensure everything is on hand and accessible. 

Additionally, as your child grows, you’ll need to ensure they can access their toys to entertain themselves and nurture their independence. 

Once again, master the basics, and you’ll do far better than trying to incorporate the fancy things you’re told you need.

Understand, Don’t Underestimate

We hear time and time again that communication is the key to any relationship, and the same goes for you and your baby or children.

Your role as a parent is like gardening—you plant the seeds, nurture them with love, provide the proper nutrition, and witness them grow beautifully. 

And these key initiatives? 

Just consider them your gardening tools. Let’s dive into the noblest responsibility you’ll ever have – raising a tiny human!

 

Wrapping it Up: Onwards and Upwards!

There you have it, the inside scoop on transitioning into your exciting new role as a superhero parent. 

Remember, embracing the evolution, igniting the learning zeal, and establishing connections with the parenting fraternity can go a long way. So, stay prep-savvy, keep exploring, and don’t hesitate to ask for help – parenting is a team sport! 

Here’s to loving, learning, and laughing on the rewarding journey that is parenthood!

 

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