It’s natural for first-time parents to feel anxious: You’re new at this and haven’t had a chance to gain confidence in your abilities. You’re also not alone in feeling anxious, for many a parent was once in your shoes.
Take a deep breath, relax and don’t worry, you’ll be fine. Here are some suggestions to help allay typical new parent fears:
1. Doing something wrong.
As long as your child is loved, you are on track. When doubting whether something you’re doing is or isn’t the best route, seek the advice of someone you trust.
2. “Breaking” the baby.
“What if I fall while holding the baby?”…“What if baby bumps that soft spot on her head?”…”What if I pull his arm too hard when putting on his onesie?” Be assured that babies are stronger and more resilient than you might think. By treating your child with gentle love, chances are that you will not do something that will seriously or permanently injure your baby.
3. Inadequate baby-proofing.
You’ve likely taken steps to baby-proof your home. Have faith that you are doing everything you can to keep your child out of harm’s way. As a double-check, ask experienced parents, the pediatrician, and the hospital staff in neo-natal.
4. Not having enough money for baby-related expenses.
Kids are expensive, there’s no denying it. To help ease worries, spend some time working on your family budget and finding ways to cut expenses. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s 2014 Expenditures on Children by Families report, a baby born in 2013 will cost $245,340 on average to raise to age 18. The figure can seem daunting, so focus instead on your child being priceless, and affording you priceless joy.
5. My child’s future.
Try as we might, we cannot see into the future, but we can plan – whether for a first birthday party, buying a home with a yard, giving a child a higher education, paying for a glorious wedding, or budgeting for a rainy day.
One way to plan for your child’s future, no matter where the path may lead, is with the Gerber Life Grow-Up® Plan1. It’s like having a combination safety net, nest egg, and lifetime pass rolled into one – by providing financial protection, cash value that grows over time, and life insurance coverage for up to a lifetime – no matter your child’s health, hobbies or occupation at any point in time.
1 Policy Form ICC12-GPP, Policy Form Series GPP-12