10 Essential Tips for New Parents: From Diapers to Sleep

By Nikitha Patel|4 - 5 mins read| March 07, 2024

Soon going to be a super parent? Becoming a parent for the first time is a journey of countless sleepless nights, constantly putting your little one’s needs over yours, and exhaustion. From excitement to anxiety, we’re sure you must be feeling a whirlwind of emotions. But guess what? You’re not alone in this journey. Every new parent goes through it, and there are a lot of questions that you might come across. 

This comprehensive article will let you explore some of the most essential tips about caring for your newborn. Read below to find out.

10 Newborn Tips Every New Parent Must Know

From learning to stay patient to understanding your little one’s feeding schedule, here are a few tips that will help you in your parenthood journey. 

Stay cool and calm

The parenthood journey can be described as a rollercoaster of emotions, and sure enough, it is. With lots of ups and downs—managing work, household chores, and then caring for your baby—it is important to learn to stay calm and patient.

There might be occasions when your newborn might be crying inconsolably. This is where you need to remind yourself that you’ll learn to figure out everything gradually over time.

Diaper Duty

Endless diaper changes are a part of the parenthood journey, and your baby will need a staggering number of diapers every day. Thus, make sure you have a stock of diapers, wipes, and diaper creams ready to avoid any last-minute hustle.

Secondly, it’s important to get yourself comfortable with changing diapers while not forgetting to clean them thoroughly and then applying diaper cream to avoid diaper rashes.

Sleep Smart

Though newborns sleep for most of their day, their sleep schedule is quite unpredictable, which can make the parents routine hectic. Thus, setting up a bedtime routine where you could signal your baby that it was time to go to sleep will help you a lot.

Besides, a warm bath, a gentle massage, or a bedtime story are some activities that can help you prepare an environment for better sleep.

Feed Right

It doesn’t matter whether you’re breastfeeding or bottle-feeding; feeding time is a special time for a bonding experience with your newborn. Similar to sleeping demands, a newborn’s feeding schedule is also unpredictable, which is why it is important to understand their feeding demands with indications such as crying, rooting, or sucking motions.

Safety is important

Newborns are little explorers right from the beginning. Thus, babyproofing is another significant aspect when it comes to ensuring your newborn’s safety. Securing the furniture, covering all the electrical outlets, and keeping all the hazardous objects out of the reach of your little one are some of the things you must take care of.

Cracking Your Baby’s Cry Code

Whether it’s hunger, discomfort, or the need for attention, a baby’s cry can signal a lot of things. Thus, it is important to comfort and reassure your little one as an immediate response to their crying. Swaddling, singing, or rocking are some of the effective soothing techniques that can help you calm your baby and address their needs.


There’s indeed nothing like the warmth of cuddling with your little one. This not only improves bonding with your newborn but also helps release good hormones in your and your baby’s bodies. Whether it’s cuddle time during feeding or diaper changes, taking out time for  snuggling always works.

Interactive Playtime

Establishing a great bond with your newborn right from the start is important, and what’s better than engaging in interactive fun time together? Simple activities like peek-a-boo or tummy time will not only help develop a cherishing bond with your little one but will also add to their overall development. 

Don’t forget self-care

Due to hectic lifestyles and countless responsibilities, most parents do not realize the importance of self-care for them. It is important to take breaks and relax yourself away from your daily duties.

Meanwhile, you can ask your family members or close friends for help, or you might even set up a ‘me time’ regularly. And self-care is what is needed to become the best parent you can be.

Nurture your relationship

Becoming a parent can certainly put a strain on your relationship with your partner. And several responsibilities make it more overwhelming to set aside time for your partner. Thus, don’t forget to go on date nights or spend quality time together while simultaneously making space for open communication as a couple.

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Nikitha Patel

Last Updated: Thu Mar 07 2024

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