Welcoming a new baby into your family can be exciting. It can also be a little hectic and confusing. As a new parent there is plenty to learn about when taking care of your newborn. New families can use all the support they can get. You can ask for help, both at the hospital and at home. Click on More Information for local programs and resources that can help even the most nervous parents feel confident about caring for their newborn.
Get Help Putting Nutritious Food on the Table
Caring for a new baby includes many important items such as a crib, car seat, stroller, and baby supplies. It may be a financial struggle for some families to afford nutritious foods such as fruits and vegetables and other healthy foods. The good news is there are many food assistance programs to help with the grocery budget. Click on more information to learn about the benefits from food assistance programs and how to apply.
Staying Mentally Healthy
Caring for a newborn can bring a wide range of emotions such as anxiety, sadness, overwhelmed, and tired. Staying mentally healthy is important for every parent. Mental health is one of your greatest assets. It helps you focus, overcome obstacles, and stay well. Here are some ways you can stay mentally healthy after pregnancy from the National Child and Maternal Health:
- Ask for help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help from family and friends, whether it’s caring for the baby or doing household chores.
- Make time for yourself. Do something for you, like getting out of the house, or taking a hot bath without interruptions. If you can, have your partner, a family member, or babysitter watch the baby regularly and go visit a friend or run an errand.
- Rest when the baby rests. Sleep is just as important for you as it is for the baby. Sleep when the baby sleeps, during naps, and at night.
- Do something you enjoy. Whether it is reading a book, or watching a favorite movie, take a bit of time each day to do something you enjoy.