Being a new parent can be extremely difficult. You are suddenly in a world completely different from the one you lived in before, and on top of that, you are in charge of taking care of a tiny human.
The first year of parenthood is often described as the hardest, and for a good reason too. There are so many new experiences to get through during the first year and a lot of the time, you have to trust your instincts and just do the best you can.
While navigating through the first year of parenthood may be tricky, here are four things you should do during the first year:
1. Meet Other Parents
One super important thing to do during the first year of parenthood is meet other parents. Being a parent can be quite isolating. In fact, a study of 2000 parents found that 68% of them felt isolated from friends, family and colleagues after the birth of their child.
When you have a child, your life drastically changes, and the people close to you may not notice how big of a change it is and, therefore, may not understand your struggles. Meeting other parents is a great way to meet like-minded people who are in a similar situation to you.
There are many ways to meet other parents, but the best way is to join a parent group either online or in person.
Getting out of the house can be difficult with a newborn, so having people online you can instantly connect to can be a great way to ease some of that loneliness and share your problems.
2. Create Or Update Your Will
Another important thing you need to do in the first year of parenthood is creating or updating your will. If you already have a will in place, you will need to update the will to include your child.
If you do not have a will yet, you will need to create a will that includes your child to make sure they will be looked after should something happen to you.
Within your will, you need to include details about which of your assets will be given to your child and who the legal guardian will be should something happen to both parents before the child turns 18.
Being a new parent is stressful enough, and you may be thinking that trying to write a will is just going to be an added layer of stress.
However, writing a will has really never been simpler as you can conduct will planning via video so you do not even need to leave the comfort of your own home.
Webcam wills make it super easy for new parents to create a will around their already busy lifestyle.
3. Capture The Memories
Before your baby turns one, they will experience so many “first times.”
Whether it is the first time trying proper food, first bath, first steps, or even the first time seeing their family, it is important to capture the memories.
Your child will grow up quicker than you know, so you must take lots of pictures and videos to freeze the memories and look back on them in the future.
When it comes to taking pictures of your baby, there is really no limit, so it is always better to take more pictures so you have more to look back on in the future.
Of course, with smartphones, taking good quality pictures has never been easier, but instead of just keeping the pictures on your phone, why not collate them into a digital photo book, so you can see them all in one place.
4. Don’t Be Afraid To Ask For Help
As mentioned above in the article, being a new parent can be an extremely tough and isolating experience, so it is so important that you ask for help.
When it comes to raising a child, they say it takes a village, and this statement is so true. Be sure to surround yourself with people who can help you out when you need it and can support both you and your child.
Often when parents reach out for help, they only consider the needs of their children and will dismiss their own needs.
As a new parent, you are likely to experience extreme stress, exhaustion and perhaps some mental health issues.
Reaching out for help is the best thing you can do in this situation as you cannot and shouldn’t have to manage everything on your own.
Make sure that you secure your ‘village’ during the first year of parenthood, and you will likely find that things get a bit easier.