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Advice for New Parents

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Having a new baby is one of the hardest core things you'll ever do. To say nothing of pregnancy and childbirth, caring for a newborn, especially for the first time, stretches you to the boundaries of your will and abilities, not only physically, but emotionally as well. If you're doing it alone, it's terrifying. So I'm here to give you some real advice. Not the practical, everyday stuff, like using cloth diapers for burp cloths and stocking formula coupons, but the stuff that will help you keep sane.

1. You are Not Alone

Not even when you're parenting alone. Not even when the drama that can accompany childbirth should be its own soap opera. Not even when everybody that you thought would support you walks away. There are a lot of online groups that are a toxic cesspool of judgement and negativity, so be discerning when joining these groups. Furthermore, don't be afraid to cut out the people that make this process more stressful for you. In a group that berates you for using formula? Boom, gone. Have a friend who puts you on blast for buying the 'wrong' stroller? Blocked! There are always more people to reach out to, and if you're willing, you can even reach out to public programs for support. Postpartum depression is very real, so be sure to utilize that help if you need it!

2. There's More than One Way to Raise a Baby

There's a ton of debate about the costs and benefits of certain child rearing practices. But really, the best advice you'll get is from your gut and you child's doctor. Sometimes, these two sources won't agree. In many cases, they should. But when it comes to what soap you use, which baby toys to buy, and what baby food to serve, it all comes down to what works for your family and your baby. As long as they're safe, happy, and healthy, you're doing fine, and don't let anyone tell you otherwise!

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