Baby Talk: How to deal with fears of first time parents

At first your baby’s cries may sound similar to you but soon you will learn to recognize the difference. (Shutterstock)
Updated 09 December 2019

Baby Talk: How to deal with fears of first time parents

  • Babies are totally dependent on their parents and care-givers for all their needs
  • Learning is on the job, but you can be prepared

DUBAI: It is natural for a first time mom (and dad) to have fears and worries about the responsibility of their brand new little baby. Babies are tiny, they are vulnerable, and they are totally dependent on their parents and care-givers for all their needs. This can seem overwhelming, and as each baby is different, it is not possible to provide a text-book of answers with each new arrival. Learning is on the job, but you can be prepared.

Common worries of first time parents:

  • Recognizing your baby’s cries

At first your baby’s cries may sound similar to you but soon you will learn to recognize the difference between a hungry cry for feed, a cry of discomfort for a diaper change or other discomfort, or a more serious discomfort such as colic or something else. An unusually high pitched cry can mean illness. You will soon not only know what your baby wants but also recognize your baby’s cry among other babies.

  • Going out of the home with your baby

It can be scary leaving the house for the first time with your new baby; the outside world can seem hazardous and contact with other people give risk to sources of infection. It is perfectly natural to feel this way but important to remember that the benefits or getting out and about with your baby will outweigh the risk with planning and preparation. Take sensible precautions with safety when you are out and ensure you have everything with you that you need including a cell phone for emergencies. Strangers may wish to admire your baby but it is reasonable to not allow others outside immediate family and friends handle your baby. Keep your first trips out short until you feel more comfortable and take someone with you if that helps you build confidence.




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  • Waking your sleeping baby

New parents are often frightened to make a noise during their baby’s nap times in case they wake. Naturally you have finally got your baby to sleep and will not want to wake them. It is best to carry out general house chores and conversations as usual because babies are used to noise from within the womb. Background noise of TV, vacuum cleaner, chatting or fans should not be avoided and your baby will become accustomed to sleeping through such noise. Loud and sudden noises will wake a sleeping baby but they should not wake because of usual household noise and there is certainly no need to tiptoe around a sleeping baby.

  • Putting baby down to sleep while they are crying

It is emotionally hard to put your baby in their crib whilst they are crying, particularly if they double their efforts as soon as you have laid them down. However it is also not idea to be in a situation where you cannot put your baby down to sleep for hours whilst you rock and sooth them, exhausting yourself and also possibly your baby. Babies can become overtired and if you have taken care of feeding, changing and winding and your baby is still fussing and crying they may need to sleep and will soon settle if you allow them to cry on their own a short while. The more used a baby is to settling themselves the better for baby and parents. Be brave and try to leave them briefly whilst close at hand and see if they settle by themselves. It is not wise to leave a baby to cry for too long and always seek medical advice if you have any concerns.

  • Handing over the baby care

One of the hardest things for a new mom to do is hand her baby over to another to care for in her absence, sometimes even if the person is her husband and she is only gone for a short time. This is natural and does not mean that you do not trust the person it means that you are programmed to be present for your baby at all times! However it is very important in modern society that you are able to leave your baby with your partner, trusted family members and friends. It is important that your baby leans to be soothed by others than yourself. It will become easier with time. Remember it is not important that your baby is wearing the outfit you would have chosen or if things have not been tidied away like you would have done, the important things is that you were able to have time away from your baby and that your baby is safe on your return.

This article was first published on babyarabia.com.  


Baby Talk: Distraction tips for busy moms with toddlers

Distraction is a great technique for busy moms with toddlers. (Shutterstock)
Updated 21 min 44 sec ago

Baby Talk: Distraction tips for busy moms with toddlers

DUBAI: Distraction is a great technique for busy moms with toddlers. Little children are often cranky and get bored easily. This becomes a problem in situations where moms are trying to get things done!

It can also be a good way of keeping children away from dangerous objects and activities. So it’s a great option for managing your child’s behavior in many situations.

Distraction using a favorite toy

We’ve all been there is a shop when suddenly your child sees something they want and will not take no for an answer. It is wise to keep a favorite toy or Teddy bear in your hand bag and bring it out at this point.

Hold the toy up and talk to it.

If you are theatrical and look as if you are listening to the toy, your child may well suddenly get interested. You can now pretend discus your child’s behavior with the toy and listen to Teddy’s answer.

As soon as you sense boredom or a tantrum coming, play their favorite game. (Shutterstock)

Distract by changing the scene

Most parents can see trouble coming. Your child has been an angel all morning but they are starting to show signs of boredom. In this case it may well be time for a trip out. Getting coats and shoes on, and taking a walk to the park or shops may all you need to do, to avoid a tantrum.

Play a game to distract your toddler

Children of all ages love games. As soon as you sense boredom or a tantrum coming, play their favorite game. This could be as simple as hide and seek; with you hiding behind a chair or getting them to hide under the blankets. The trick is to engage their minds with something they understand and gives them attention in a new way.

Learning as a distraction

Learning is a something that children are programmed to do. Even if they never went to school or had any lessons at all your child would learn. Use this inner mechanism to engage your children. Play counting games, get them to repeat nursery rhymes or say a new word. Learning is a natural process and can often turn a potential tantrum into a positive experience.