New parents are set to take part in one of the most important moments, if not the most important, in their lives when they have children. After nine months of carrying a child, mothers, and partners alike, are tasked with working together to give the best care to provide their child with everything he/she needs.

For first time parents, this can leave even the most well-read parents apprehensive, as they navigate a whole new world of parenthood. Following these tips for healthy parent-child relations can be a great tool to ensure that newborns thrive and new parents do more than survive:

  • Breastfeed your baby for at least six months.
    Newborns should be fed breast milk exclusively during their first six months. Breastfeeding is beneficial to newborns because breast milk contains antibodies that protect against illnesses and infections, such as ear infections, stomach viruses, childhood leukemia, Type 1 and 2 diabetes, and asthma.

  • Get adequate rest.
    Although asking a new parent to get rest seems like a paradox, it is good when parents can set sleeping schedules and sleep when their baby sleeps. When parents receive the rest they need, they can take better care of their child.

  • Spend time with your child as much as possible.
    Parents can promote closeness with their child through bonding. Bond with your baby by taking part in skin-to-skin contact, eye-to-eye contact, speaking to your child by voice and through gestures.

  • Share your time with your child with a limited number of adults.
    It is crucial that young babies have the opportunity to bond with their parents without a large number of adults present.

  • Have a comfortable relationship with your pediatrician.
    Pediatricians are a great point of contact to answer any and all questions that new parents will have.

  • Get your baby vaccinated.
    Choosing to vaccinate your child during his/her most vulnerable years is a wise choice. Parents should follow a vaccination schedule and vaccinate babies in a timely manner.

  • Do not go to crowded public places with your newborn baby.
    Avoid crowds with your newborn, especially in the winter during cold and flu season.

  • Do not smoke.
    Smoking poses great risks to newborns. It can weaken their lungs, makes them more prone to ear infections, and doubles the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

It is normal for parents to develop some fears and anxiety about raising their first child. Parents should be assured that taking on a new and exciting endeavor, such as childrearing, will come with challenges and triumphs. As parents begin to set routines and work together using tips for healthy families, they will find greater ease in nurturing their newborn child.