Baby Predicaments

Many parents face problems after the birth of their baby and many common problems can be easily sorted out. Sometimes it is just a matter of talking things through and communicating effectively with each other. Other times the problem may be more serious, such as postnatal depression, and you may need to seek assistance from a doctor. Whatever your baby dilemma is this article aims to address some of the most common baby predicaments that parents face. It is important to remember that you are not alone and many parents face the same problems as you do.

Some of the most common baby predicaments described below, though many are dealt with in greater detail within our guide:

Problems establishing breastfeeding

Problems establishing breastfeeding can happen quite suddenly and can be down to various reasons, including improper latching, the baby having an infection and their mouth being painful, teething, your baby being distracted by noises or activity, or there can be cases where the milk tastes differently due to the mother taking certain drugs or foods. If suffering such a problem ask your midwife or doctor for advice.

Breastfeeding VS Bottle feeding

Many mothers are encouraged to breastfeed due to the immense benefits that it holds for both mother and baby. However, there may be reasons why you cannot breastfeed or you may simply prefer to bottle feed. Follow what is best for you but if you are able to breastfeed then it is the most recommended option. Many women also find problems establishing breastfeeding which can put them off, however try to persevere and seek guidance from a midwife.

Tackling problems with your relationship

Often relationships with your partner, family and friends can be put under strain and problems can arise. If you are experiencing problems with the relationship with your partner try to talk things through with them and you may find that your concerns will be put to rest. 

Problems with postnatal depression

Postnatal depression affects many mothers after birth and it is important that, if you do feel that you are suffering from postnatal depression, you should try to visit the doctor. Talking about your feelings with your partner can also aid to overcome the depression. Mothers who suffer from postnatal depression will develop many problems, including trouble bonding with their baby

Encouraging your baby to talk, crawl and walk

Though each baby will differ in how quickly they reach each ‘milestone’ there are certain things you can do to encourage your child. To encourage talking, singing, speaking aloud and even singing can help your child develop the necessary skills, with most children babbling by the age of six months. To encourage crawling, ensure they are dressed comfortably and there is sufficient space available, many start to crawl at around seven months. To encourage your child to walk, help them to stand by holding them at around nine months or so to help strengthen their muscles, they are likely to stand themselves up holding onto nearby objects at around 10 months.

Working mums

Working mums who find that they cannot strike the right balance between work and time with their baby can often feel helpless. As a working mother you may incur problems such as feeling guilty or problems balancing out work life with motherhood. Just remember that many mothers go to work and your baby will not love you any less if you do. You will be providing for your child and that is what matters most.

Problems with your baby’s health

It can be a worrying time when your baby falls ill, though you must not try to panic. Health problems such as colds and ear infections are common illnesses amongst children and unless you are extremely worrisome that your child has had the condition for too long, or that they are falling ill too regularly it is not necessary to visit a doctor. However, if you seriously feel that there is something wrong then it is best to have any concerns you may have addressed by a medical expert.

Problems with your baby’s sleep

If you do experience problems with your baby’s health or sleep you could seek advice from the doctor, who will be able to further advise you according to your specific health or sleep related problem. 

Insufficient help with the new baby

Often not having enough help around the house can lead to problems such as depression and feeling lonely. Many friends and family members will be happy to extend a helping hand so why not give them a call. 

Feeling lonely after birth

Having a baby is supposed to be a joyous occasion, but then why are you feeling quite so low? Adjusting to caring for a baby 24 hours a day on your own can be a shock to the system, especially if you are used to being busy at work. Being alone at home can take the fun out of being a mum, something often left unspoken by most mothers. Try finding other mothers to enjoy time with through groups in your community, get family and friends to help out, be free to communicate your thoughts and feelings, get outside and away from the house and do not be afraid to seek help if you are having trouble.

Financial problems after the baby

Many mothers worry about their finances and how they can afford the necessary expenses of looking after their baby. There are many grants available that can help mothers seeking financial assistance. 

Baby’s first birthday dilemmas

You may have your heart set on giving your baby a grand first birthday but your partner may want a small and simple birthday. The key to making the day really special is to agree to disagree and work on a compromise. Perhaps you could arrange two parties to keep both parents happy!

Wanting another baby

Many women who have had their first baby may want another one but their partner might not be ready. It is important to discuss this issue with your partner and try to enjoy the time with the baby you already have and who knows, another baby may come sooner than you think.

Menstrual Problems after the baby

Many women experience problems with their periods, such as a delay in menstrual periods, or some women don’t have any periods at all. This problem can last for up to a year or more and it may be due to breastfeeding. It is important not to worry too much as it is quite normal for problems to occur with your cycle after birth. If you are concerned, you can discuss it further with your doctor who will be able to better advise you. 

The list of common baby predicaments covers a range of problems and most of them can be sorted out through effective communication.  Many of the problems that parents face need to be discussed and in some cases problems may need to be referred to medical professionals.

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