How To Not Get Rattled: 8 Tips for New Parents

posted: 02/22/16
by: Fabienne Demmerle
Destiny and Sal with baby Capri
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Destiny and Sal with baby Capri
Destiny Moniz

Parenthood is challenging--mentally, spiritually and physically-yet so rewarding. TLC's four "Rattled" couples shared these tips from their personal journeys as new parents. Watch "Rattled" on Tuesdays at 10/9c.

Destiny and Sal

Breastmilk heals.
If you are a breastfeeding mom and your baby has a bad scratch on their face (as most newborns do) dab a bit of breastmilk on it. It will clear up in no time! ?

Gripe water (an OTC liquid that contains sodium bicarbonate and herbs) saved my life on so many occasions. If your baby has hiccups that prevent them from falling asleep, or they're crying out from stomach has pain, try gripe water! It instantly works and your little babe will feel so much better!
Kristina and Jason with baby Lincoln
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Kristina and Jason with baby Lincoln
Kristina Wilson
Kristina and Jason

Have a plan
: One thing that keeps our incredibly busy family going is a very specific plan during the week. We get up at the same time and do everything in the same order each day. Basically, we know that a very clear schedule keeps the students at our preschool from transition meltdowns and so we apply the same principle to ourselves. Let's face it, no matter what your age, no one likes a messy transition!

Be willing to break your plan: No matter how much you plan, you can never predict that enormous blowout 5 minutes into your road trip. Be flexible at all times.
Mars and Doug with Baby Sofia
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Mars and Doug

Don't be too hard on yourself.
All parents make mistakes.

Know that you are your child's biggest hero!
Gardner Quad Squad with Ashley and Tyson
Tyson Gardner
Ashley and Tyson

Take everyone's advice with a grain of salt
. Always go with your gut instinct for your own child. No one knows your child like you do and you have your parental instincts for a reason. Listen to them.

Have faith! Have faith in God. Have faith in yourself. Everything works out!