Focus on the Family

Practical Tips for Parents-To-Be

Seasoned parents have a wealth of "been-there-done-that" advice to offer. Read on for encouragement — a gift from them to you.

by Carol Heffernan

Expectant parents often spend months preparing for the arrival of their baby. There are parenting classes to attend, parenting books to read and plenty of steps to baby-proof the house. Then, as soon as the baby is born, there's a whirlwind of activity and unexpected change.

Many new parents underestimate the intense helplessness and stress that accompany this life stage. What's more, according to the American Psychiatric Association, some 85 percent of new mothers display symptoms of mood disturbance, ranging from the blues to postpartum depression. The good news is, most new moms and dads receive support from family and friends that's sure to help ease the transition. With that assistance often comes a deluge of parenting advice. Take a look at these suggestions designed to help your household run more smoothly during those irreplaceable days, months and years.