Parenting is no easy task. Whether it is your first born or your fifth pregnancy, each child brings along with them a set of unique problems and skills. And especially when the parents are celebrities, all their parenting techniques and procedures are carefully scrutinized.
But parents to be, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, have a pretty creative way of dealing with their baby’s first month on planet Earth.
The couple plan on doing ‘one month of silence’ during the baby’s first month at home.
In a recent interview with Fit Pregnancy and Baby, Nikki Reed revealed that she wanted a month of silence with her baby after she gives birth.
‘We’ll take the baby’s first month for ourselves. After the baby arrives, we’re doing one month of silence. Just the three of us, no visitors, and we’re turning off our phones too, so there’s no expectation for us to communicate.’
Although the thought behind this idea is creative and well-intentioned, it might be a bit unrealistic.
Aside from the fact that grandparents, aunts, uncles and many other relatives want to meet and hold the baby, it is not so practical for other less affluent couples to do the same.
New parents simply can’t just shut themselves off from the outside world. They have work, family, and many other tasks to deal with that involve the outside world and of course their cell phones.
And on top of that, what about all the help the new parents will surely need? Advice from grandparents and uncles. Nannies that can help with the changing of diapers. Nutritionists that can help mom and dad stay in shape and energized.
But Nikki says that the first 30 days are important. She and her husband want to stay present during those integral first few months.
Nikki said: ‘you don’t get those first 30 days back. And we want to be fully present.’ Although spending quality time with your child and your loved one is important, it is also unrealistic to expect that new parents will not require outside help. And let’s not forget the grandparents who want to see their little grandchildren!