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Month 10

month_10You and your partner spent a significant amount of time preparing to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. As your baby grows older, you realize now is the time where the real preparation takes place—learning to parent.

You and your partner spent a significant amount of time preparing to welcome your bundle of joy into the world. As your baby grows older, you realize now is the time where the real preparation takes place—learning to parent.

If you find yourself questioning even the smallest details about how you care for your baby—such as “Is she sleeping too much or too little?” or “Am I doing something wrong?” now is the time to erase these self-doubts. While it is not always easy to have confidence in your parenting skills, knowing that you always want to do what is best for your child can help.

In addition to believing in your parenting skills, there are a number of ways you can boost your knowledge. These include:

  • Books—It’s important to choose books from reputable sources. Ask your healthcare provider if he or she has any recommendations. Select from medically based sources and try to purchase the most updated versions when possible to ensure you get a broad amount of the latest information.
  • Classes—Hospitals, churches and other civic organizations offer classes for both new moms and dads that help develop parenting skills as well as help you create a network of support with other new parents.
  • Online resources—In addition to this newsletter, visit our online health library for reliable source information about common concerns for baby as he or she grows. Nonprofit organizations such as the Nemours Foundation, March of Dimes and La Leche League all offer reliable, researched health information.

Trust Your Instincts

As a parent, you will find there is a wealth of information available that offers valuable advice to help you develop your parenting skills. However, only you and your partner have the power to make decisions that are best for your child. Consider all the information you read and apply accordingly, based on your wishes for your child.

TIPS

  • Time spent with baby can include exercise, too. Walk or jog with your baby in an appropriate stroller, and start pointing out the sights and sounds of the outdoors to him or her. Check into “mommy and me” yoga classes, too!
  • Breastfeeding requires extra nutrition for you and baby. Because breastfeeding requires energy, you’ll need to eat about 200 more calories a day than you did during pregnancy. If you’re not breastfeeding, you’ll need to consume about 300 fewer calories a day than you did during pregnancy.