The idea of getting a baby and welcoming a new member of the family is always thrilling. The idea of the little laughs, the bright eyes and the little kicks makes a mother long for the arrival of the baby. Once the baby comes, the little nothings still make the mum’s heart cheerful, but the whole parenting task is so demanding and tiresome.
You will be required to dedicate so much time to make sure that you take good care of your baby. But when does having a baby get easier? If you have a newborn, I am sure you are already wondering about this question. Read on and get to learn if it does get easier at some point or if it doesn’t. And if it does, at around what time will it be all easy for you?
Reasons why Newborns can make life somehow difficult
Before we get to know whether it gets easier at any point of parenting newborns and at which stage it gets easier, let us get to know what facts make the newborn stage very hectic for the parent(s).
Irregular sleeping patterns
Normally, everything is easier said than done. In theory, newborns should sleep for at least 15 hours every day. The 15 hours is inclusive of 5 hours daytime naps and 10 hours nighttime sleep. This rarely happens. Most of the times you will have to get your baby to fall asleep since your newborn can barely do that by herself.
After spending time getting the baby to sleep, the chances are that she will have a nap that lasts only for 20 minutes. You will barely have time to sleep since you will have to be careful enough to keep watching your baby every time especially if she takes extremely short naps.
Erratic eating patterns
The tummies of newborns are very tiny. For this reason, you will find your baby needing to be fed several times during the day and at night. This is another aspect that will keep you awake. The cry of a hungry baby cannot be ignored.
The task of taking care of a newborn and a sibling
Considering the demanding needs of a newborn and you still have to take care of her sibling is not a walk in the park. You will have to put in an extra effort to ensure that both of your children are well taken of.
Change of routine
Bringing a newborn home is likely to cause you shock since there will be a sudden change in the normal routine for the couple as well as other family members. Every person in the family will have to make a compromise on the schedule she was already used to.
The little but disturbing cries
The task of taking care of a newborn is challenging. You have to be hands on every other time and no doubt, you are always doing your best. Hearing your baby crying will distress you even more knowing that you have put in so much effort to see to it that your baby is comfortable all the time.
So, does having a baby ever get easier?
The good news is that it gets easier. With every milestone that your baby makes, know that you have been doing an exquisite job and that it will not be too hard to raise your baby after every significant milestone.
Significant Milestones When Having a Baby Gets Easier
At the 4 weeks of age when baby can differentiate between day and night
Once an infant is born, she can barely recognize day from night. This is an indicator that your baby will finally start sleeping for a longer period of time at night. Work the magic by dimming the lights in the room to make it easy for your baby to take longer naps at night.
You will certainly have it easy since you will also have some time to sleep and take a rest from a long day taking care of the baby.
3 months when the baby can hold the head up
Within the first few months, you had to carry your baby using both arms to support the head and the neck which is not strong enough. This means that you can only hold your baby and do nothing else.
At the age of four months, your baby will attain an extra milestone where she can hold her head up with no need for support. This way, you can comfortably hold your baby with one hand and get things done with the other free hand.
At the age of 4 months, your baby can sleep longer throughout the night
This could be the most awaited age by mums. If the baby sleeps longer, mummy will also have the luxury to sleep for a longer period of time. It could be a good 10-12 hours of sleep throughout the night.
But for some, having their baby sleep for a good 5 uninterrupted hours is also a thing to celebrate. The longer your baby sleeps during her infancy period, the easier it will be for both of you to survive the early months of parenting.
6 months when your baby can fall asleep without the need for your help
Getting your baby to sleep is quite tiresome. You have to shush, rock and swing your baby for quite some time before you are sure that she has fallen asleep. It gets worse when you are about to lay the baby on the cot to get some sleep, and she just wakes up with a cry. At six months, your baby can easily fall asleep by herself.
And in case she wakes up in the course of the night, the baby is old enough to put herself back to sleep without the help of mummy. This is when sanity starts reigning in your life again. You can be glad that things are now back to being normal.
You now have the answers to the question “when does having a baby get easier.” Once you get a newborn, do not be sad thinking that it will be all hectic. The right time shall come when you will look at your baby’s smile and know that the first few months of real struggle trying to put up with the little angelic being were worth it.
Feel free to make a comment on the article and let us know at what age you found the task of parenting your infant easy. Where you need clarification, feel free to make an inquiry and I will give an answer as soon as I can.