Being a first-time parent is not easy. You’ve never done this before, and you are full of questions. How long should my child sleep? Am I feeding my baby enough? Is he or she warm enough? There a lot to learn while trying to figure out and balance the chaos of parenthood!
If you are a first-time parent and don’t know if whatever you’re going through is normal, read on. Here we list a few questions you want to ask but were afraid of sounding silly.
1. Is postpartum depression normal?
Postpartum depression is more common than you might think. Approximately 1 out of 10 women experience some form of the baby blues although numbers vary with age and ethnicity. Some of the common symptoms of postpartum depression include:
- Unexplained sadness
- Feelings of pessimism, guilt, or worthlessness
- Loss of appetite or overeating
- Sleeping too little or too much
- Emotions such as sadness or anger
- Withdrawing from normal life activists
Those symptoms are often present in other types of depression as well, but those with postpartum depression may suffer from:
- Worrying about your baby too much
- Feeling disconnected from the baby
Unlike typical baby blues, postpartum depression can be debilitating and last unless you seek help from a qualified professional. Treatments include therapy, medications, support, etc. an can help you feeling better and enjoying the road of parenthood.
2. Am I feeding my baby enough?
The American Academy of Pediatricians recommends nursing exclusively until the child is 6 months old. A month-old-baby does not need more 2.5 to 5 ounces of milk. They will need a minimum of eight feedings per day, but as they grow, they will start drinking more at one time and don’t have to be fed as often. Every child is different and has a different growth rate, so keep in mind, some babies drink less milk than expected. Unless your child is ill or tired, there is no need to panic.
Introduce solids gradually after 6 months. You could either feed them homemade baby food or buy organic baby food blends. Does my baby need supplements? This is a question for the pediatrician to decide. They may run a few tests to look for iron, vitamin D, and other nutritional deficiencies. Based on the results, they may or may not suggest supplements. In general, a well-balanced baby food diet must have adequate fat, carbohydrates, protein, and essential micronutrients.
3. How do I give my child the best start in life?
Although this is a very big question, a good place to start is your child’s food intake. Adequate nutrition is very important especially during the first 1,000 days of a child’s life. This is the time of rapid growth, and any nutritional deficiencies at this stage can have a long-term impact. There are plenty of studies that prove organic baby food is a healthy choice because children are more vulnerable to harmful chemicals present in pesticides and fertilizers than adults as their immune systems are still developing. Knowing what goes into your baby’s food is important when deciding what’s best for them.
Iron is one of the most important minerals for your baby’s growth. This power nutrient not only develops the protective layer of fat around the nerves in the brain but also encourages proper cognitive development.