Busting New Parent Myths: A Humorous Guide for Fashionable Moms and Dads

Taking Time for Yourself After Having a Baby Debunking 6 Common Myths About Parenthood

6 myths about having a newborn and how taking a break doesn’t make you a bad parent.

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As a fashion-loving parent, you had this image in your mind of what it would be like to have a baby. You know, like those Instagram moms effortlessly posing with their bundles of joy, looking flawless and serene. But reality can be quite different, leaving you feeling surprised, upset, or even guilty. Well, fear not, fellow fashionistas! Let’s debunk some of these new parent myths and set the record straight so that you can enjoy your newborn without any guilt, worry, or self-doubt.

Myth: Bonding with your baby happens immediately

Ah, the magical connection between parent and child. Some parents swear they fell in love the moment they laid eyes on their little one. But for others, the reality is quite different. Let’s face it, not all babies are picture-perfect at first sight. They might be puffy-faced, crying little creatures who don’t evoke feelings of instant attachment. And you know what? That’s totally normal! It doesn’t make you a bad parent, darling. The love you long for will blossom over time, with every interaction and precious moment shared with your newborn.

Myth: You’ll enjoy every minute of being a parent

Oh, the joys of parenthood! Well, truth be told, being a parent is a rollercoaster ride of emotions. Yes, there will be moments of pure bliss that’ll have you floating on cloud nine. But, my fabulous friends, there will also be times—many times—when you won’t exactly be feeling the love. Late-night feedings, sleep deprivation, and constant attention can drain the joy out of parenting. And don’t even get me started on the anxiety of doing everything “right.” But fret not! Feeling this way is entirely normal. Embrace those moments of dissatisfaction and despair because, darling, you’re new at this! Seek help if needed, for postpartum depression is as common as a little black dress nowadays. Remember, there’s no shame in reaching out for assistance when the parenting gig gets tough.

Myth: Breastfeeding comes naturally

Ah, the miracle of breastfeeding! It’s like nature’s runway show for new moms. But let’s get real here; just because you have breasts doesn’t mean everything will go smoothly from the get-go. Sure, you hear tales of women who effortlessly nurse their babes in the delivery room. But for many, it takes time for this skill to become, well, second nature. So don’t beat yourself up if it’s not a perfect fit on the first, second, or even fifteenth try. It can take weeks—possibly with the guidance of a lactation consultant—for you and your little one to find your rhythm. And remember, darling, there’s no shame in embracing bottle-feeding if that’s what works best for you.

Myth: You’ll be able to manage it all on your own

Who needs a fashion squad when you have a newborn? Well, every glamorous parent can use some assistance! There’s no shame in admitting that you’re not a superhero who can do it all. Sure, some new parents might juggle like pros, but let’s face it, darling, there’s no prize for handling it solo. So don’t hesitate to ask for help from your partner, family, or friends. Heck, even that stylish neighbor or paid help could be a lifesaver. Trust me, you’re not alone in feeling isolated or disconnected from the world. Find your tribe, my fabulous friend, whether it’s through local playgroups or the wonders of social media. And don’t shy away from seeking support from friends, partners, or therapists. Remember, a walk in fresh air looking fabulous with your baby can make all the difference.

Myth: It’s bad to need a break from your baby

Let’s face it, being a parent is like living in the world’s most exclusive nightclub—all-consuming and never-ending. There’s always something to do or think about, and spare moments are as rare as finding a designer handbag on sale. But darling, it’s perfectly acceptable to crave some me-time without any mommy or daddy guilt! Taking a break doesn’t make you a bad parent; in fact, it’s essential for your sanity. Even a few minutes in a different room can do wonders for your well-being, so rock that solo time and recharge yourself to slay another day of parenting like the fashion icon you are.

Myth: You’re doing something wrong if your baby cries

Ah, the sound of a crying baby—a melody that sings the chorus of parenthood. But fear not, fabulous moms and dads, for this does not mean you’re doing something wrong. Babies cry, and boy, do they cry. It’s how they communicate their needs, their likes, their wants, and their feelings. So, my stylish friends, when your baby bursts into tears, pat yourself on the back because you’re responding like a pro. Every wail is an opportunity for growth, understanding, and learning to decipher what your little fashionista truly craves!

Excerpted from “Bite-Sized Parenting: Your Baby’s First Year” by Sharon Mazel (BenBella Books, September 19, 2023). Reprinted with permission from BenBella Books.

So, my darlings, let me remind you that being a new parent is like rocking the latest fashion trend—sometimes fabulous, sometimes challenging, but always rewarding. Embrace your journey, lower those unrealistic expectations, and strut your stuff through your baby’s first year with confidence. Remember, you’re a fashion-forward parent destined to make your mark in the parenting world.