You probably think that you don’t have any experience of being a mum or dad and that you are going to have to learn everything from scratch. Well, there probably are a lot of new things you will need to know and you will be on a steep learning curve, on everything from nappy changing to the correct position to lay your baby to sleep.
But there’s a lot that you already know, but you don’t realise that you know it. The most important things that a baby needs are love and security and you can love a baby without having to learn anything. Security means that you make sure your baby is fed and cuddled, and you will find that you already know how to cuddle, and organising the feeds is a variation on other things you have had to organise in other areas of your life.
Yes, almost all parents are terrified at first about how tiny and fragile a small baby is, but once you are living all the time with a baby, who is part of your family, you soon learn how to hold them and after while you can’t remember why you were worried.
So, being a parent is a combination of new learning and old experience, and if you can’t help being worried, just remember that all the other new parents you know are going through exactly the same experience.