That precious bundle of joy has just arrived and there is all kinds of excitement that you and Daddy are experiences. There are also concerns that you may face. The best thing that you can do right now is just learn as much as you can about the baby and you are well on your way to smart parenting.
You may find out specific problems and concerns about the baby right after he is born. It is best to not only go off instinct but to also ask the pediatrician as much as you possibly can.
Part of smart parenting is making sure that your child has all necessary items that they will need at home. Everything from diapers and cream to clothes. There is also the necessity of security in making sure that your child is being taken care of in a safe environment.
Make sure that the crib is properly assembled. You may also ask a specialist to check once you have it set up. There are other safety precautions that you need to consider before your child gets older and in his toddler years.
Smart parenting may include whether or not you may nurse or bottle feed. This is a very personal and important decision. Make sure that you know all of the advantages and disadvantages of it. It is proven that breast feeding is the best for a baby’s over all health. However, not all mothers can or are willing to nurse. Of course, that choice is totally up to you. Baby’s health is extremely important and also a big part of smart parenting.
Securing a future for your child even as an infant is smart parenting as well. For instance, something may happen to you and you would want your child to be cared for. Setting up an insurance policy on yourself and your spouse is securing his future. You may even consider opening a savings account to start saving for college.
Keeping doctor’s appointments and regular check ups are essential for the well being of your baby. Making sure that he is all up to date on shots and physical check ups are a great sign of smart parenting. Make sure that you keep in regular contact with his doctor so that you can share all of the things that go on with your new baby.
Once you have recovered, choosing the right child care provider can be a big risk. Make sure that you know all of their credentials and also get references. It is part of practicing smart parenting skills. Don’t be afraid to ask questions and make sure that you don’t just go with one person.
You may even want to use a day care center. Sometimes that is not always a wise choice, however it may be your only option. Be sure that you are aware of the risks and illnesses that your baby may encounter. Bleach is used in most day care centers and is an extremely dangerous chemical. So know that when you are looking for someone to care for your baby.
Babies do not come with an instruction book. Practicing smart parenting skills start with you and taking care of your health as well. What good is a parent that is sick? Make sure that you get your regular check ups as well. Think positive, parenting can be as fun as you want it to be.