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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

I’m a New Parent. What Kind of Parenting Classes Should I Take?

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Wouldn’t it be nice if your newborn baby came with an instruction manual? Unfortunately, though, he or she doesn’t, and you are forced into parenting whether you think you’re ready or not.

The very first thing you have to realize about parenting is that nobody will ever do it perfectly. Parenting is all about learning, making mistakes, and simply doing everything you possibly can to raise your child to be a respectful and knowledgeable individual.

Although you are going to learn from your own parents as well as your own trial and error, there are many parenting resources available to help you along the way. Many community colleges, park districts, and YMCAs offer a variety of parenting classes to help new parents become a little more educated in child rearing. So if you’re a new parent, here are a few classes you should definitely consider participating in before or after your child is born.

Baby CPR

Your child’s safety is extremely important, and it’s always better to err on the side of caution. Babies cannot be treated like a toddler or young child, and if they are ever choking, you cannot administer normal CPR to a baby as you would to someone older. For this reason, it’s a good idea for you to take a baby CPR class. This class will teach you how to notice signs of choking in a new baby as well as teach you the proper way to perform CPR. Knowing this information can help you save your child’s life, and while you hope you will never need to use it, it’s always a good idea to know how to do it just in case.

Post-Baby Relationship Class

Your relationship with your significant other is going to change after your baby is born, whether you want to admit it or not. Many couples often find themselves arguing more often after the baby is born, resulting in custody battles. Some argue about different parenting styles while others argue about not having any alone time anymore.

In order to keep your relationship thriving even after baby, you should consider taking a post-baby relationship class. This class will allow you to not only see your relationship through your significant other’s eyes, but it will also teach you how to effectively communicate and get your relationship back to normal after your baby is born.

Basic Parenting Classes

While some parenting classes focus on specific topics, such as CPR, others are more general in nature. These classes teach you the basics of having a baby, such as how to correctly swaddle a baby, change a diaper, and feed a baby a bottle. These classes will also teach you some basic safety for a baby, such as how a newborn baby should sleep, how to properly use a car seat, and what foods/drinks a baby should avoid until his or her first birthday. While you may already know some of this information from other family members, it’s still a good idea to take one of these classes just to refresh your skills.


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