Everything has finally settled down, you’ve left the hospital and there were no complications. Life couldn’t be better now that you have the little bundle of joy in your arms. That’s when it hits you. You’re a parent now. You are in charge of this little person, and you hold their fate in your hands. This is more responsibility than you have ever had before. It would be easy to panic at this point. Are you really ready? Can you handle this? The simple answer is, yes you can. You’re going to be a great parent, but there are a few things you should keep in mind.

The first thing is that babies have been around for thousands of years. There have been tons of parents who were much less qualified than you, and yet their children turned out just fine. Babies are adaptable creatures that will let you know when you’re doing something wrong.

This ties into the next important point to remember though, your baby is a little human being. It has it’s own opinions, though they are very basic. It will like certain things and dislike other things. They’ll make their opinions very clear very early on, learn to adapt to them and know when they might just be tired or hungry, and when something is going on that they really don’t like.

This can be gained through experience though. And, it will be. There may be times when you feel like you aren’t qualified, when you wish you could get some more sleep, or when things just aren’t going right. When that happens, step back. Take a deep breath, and remember that everything will be okay. The most important thing is that you have this wonderful bundle of joy in your life, and he or she will grow up much quicker than you’re ready for. Savor the time while you can!