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Helpful tips for new parents:

We all know being the parent of a newborn infant is filled with many rewards and precious moments as you watch your baby grow and develop.
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Date: July 10 2012
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It also requires large amounts of energy and good humour, which can be difficult sometimes if you are feeling tired and overwhelmed. Tresillian shares some helpful tips for new parents:

Important points to remember

  • Parenting is a learnt skill – most parents learn on the job
  • Be kind to yourself – remember you are new at being a parent
  • Start each day afresh even if the day before things had been difficult
  • There are lots of supports available to help you in your new role – a great place to start is the Child and Family Health Nurse, they will know what is available in your community for new parents
  • Think positively, be practical and stay in touch with the outside world
  • Try to retain your sense of humour.

Don’t forget to care for yourself

  • Take time out each day to do something you enjoy – this may be a walk in the park, swimming or reading a book for 30 minutes
  • Try to make friends with other new parents – share babysitting or cups of tea
  • Try to limit the amount of housework or home maintenance you need to do (especially in the early weeks of parenthood)
  • Learn some quick relaxation techniques to use when things get difficult (see below)
  • Try to sleep or rest when your baby is asleep
  • Take care of your physical needs by eating well and exercising regularly
  • Think about the help you need around the house – list this on a piece of paper – so when people ask if they can help you have lots of things you can ask them to do
  • Join a new parents group – this allows you to meet other new families in your community
  • Arrange regular child care by a grandparent, friend or in council operated occasional care
  • Take care to avoid heavy lifting or placing strain on your back by twisting when lifting your baby or baby equipment
  • Be efficient when cooking make extra meals that can be frozen for the time when you are feeling too tired to prepare a meal
  • Talk about your feelings or concerns to a sympathetic listener – this may be a friend, parent or health professional
  • If you are feeling lonely or isolated ask your Child & Family Health Nurse if they can arrange a volunteer home visitor to come on a regular basis

Caring for your Partner

  • Plan time together
  • Arrange a night out
  • If a night out isn't possible – think of activities that you can do as a family e.g. a picnic in the park or a walk around your neighbourhood
  • Identify and ask your partner about the things you can do about the house or to help with the baby – write a list and put it into action
  • Find time to have a conversation together about your feelings, relationship and needs.

For further help:

Visit either your local Child and Family Health Centre or local doctor.

Call Tresillian Parent’s Help Line on (02) 9787 0855 or 1800 637 357 (Freecall outside Sydney)

Speak to a Tresillian Nurse on-line at Tresillian Live Advice

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