Perhaps the pregnancy was planned, perhaps it wasn’t. Perhaps it happened quickly, or perhaps you tried for a very long time to get pregnant. No matter what, becoming a parent is probably one of the most life-changing events that a man or a woman can go through – no matter how prepared you think you are. Suddenly it’s not just about you, it’s about your child. Suddenly the freedoms and choices that you had and could make are now compromised. Suddenly you start to look at the world a little differently. And it’s all because you’re suddenly a parent.
It’s not easy being a new parent, and there is a lot to learn. Many first time parents think that they should naturally know how to cope with everything a newborn can throw at them, but that’s expecting too much. While many aspects of parenting will come naturally (and you might be surprised at just how much you do know), there is also a steep learning curve to negotiate. As your baby grows and develops, so will you as a parent. As time goes on you’ll become more and more comfortable in your role as a parent and, eventually, you’ll wonder if it had always felt so natural.
It’s often said that babies don’t come with instruction manuals, and many new parents suddenly find that taking care of a newborn baby is full of anxieties, frustrations, joys and questions. Hopefully, some of the questions can be answered here.