As much as you may have anticipated your baby, the daily grind of caring for a newborn can become challenging. A newborn doesn’t have patience to wait his turn, and he doesn’t understand that you’re tired in the middle of the night. Stay the course and parent your newborn with patience and love. Before you know it, your tiny baby will be walking and talking.
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Take care of your own physical and emotional needs, even when you have a newborn who needs you. Nap, go to bed early or sleep late whenever you can to ensure you get as much sleep as possible. Take some time every day -- even if only for a few minutes -- to rejuvenate yourself. A walk around the block, a few extra minutes in the shower or reading a chapter of a book can give you a few minutes every day.
Realize the purpose of newborn crying to understand your baby. A newborn uses crying to communicate because the baby has no other way to do so, advises the Valley Pediatric Medical Group website. A baby uses crying to tell you she’s hungry, too cold, too warm, tired, overstimulated, bored, angry or uncomfortable.
Strive to watch your baby carefully to see her cues before she cries. For example, when you notice that your baby is showing signs of tiredness, such as rubbing eyes or yawning, you can put her to bed for a nap before she becomes so overtired that she cries for an hour. When you notice her rooting and sucking her fingers, you can feed her before she becomes so frantic with hunger that she has to settle down first before eating.
Respond readily to your baby, but understand that there may be times when you cannot stop your newborn from crying. During the first few weeks of life, a newborn often cries for no understandable reason, regardless of what you may do to soothe her.
Pay attention to symptoms of postpartum sadness, realizing that this is a normal issue after labor and delivery, advises the Children’s Physician Network website. Postpartum sadness may manifest itself as sadness, anxiety, tiredness and weepiness. If you feel postpartum sadness, seek support from your partner and family -- often just receiving some extra help and support can ease these feelings. Postpartum sadness should ease by about one month postpartum.
Share the care of the newborn with someone else -- a spouse, a partner or other close family member, advises the Woodinville Pediatrics website. By having another person you trust who knows how to care for the baby, you can feel supported at the same time as you feel the division of responsibility, making newborn care feel a little less stressful and overwhelming.
Place the baby in her crib and seek help immediately if you feel that you are losing your patience with the baby. Feelings of frustration and anger to the point where you have thoughts of harming the baby require immediate intervention, according to the Mayo Clinic website. Call a friend or family member and get help as soon as possible -- you may need professional intervention, or you just may need some relief from newborn care.