Two-thirds of parents agree that teaching their child to walk was the most rewarding step

NEW YORK – More than four in five Americans say becoming a parent is the most rewarding thing they’ve ever done.

The survey of 2,000 future parents and parents of children under six also found that 86% think their child’s milestones are more rewarding than theirs. Two-thirds of parents say learning to walk is the most rewarding step for their child and for themselves.

Parent preparation

The study, conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Stokke, also showed off several ways parents have been preparing for the arrival of their newest addition. More than two in five respondents (43%) found that becoming a role model was the best way to adapt to becoming a parent.

In addition to taking on their new role as mentors, the sponsors also prepared their homes for their new babies. Sixty-eight percent have purchased baby monitors and other home products, and 63 percent have taken to babyproofing their homes.

When asked what advice they would give to parents protecting babies or toddlers in their home, one respondent replied, “Do it slowly but methodically. Focus on the outlets and sharp angles, then as you go [the] the child grows, childproof what he can reach.

Turns out more adjustments are needed once parents bring their new baby home.

Nearly half of respondents (49%) say their least favorite part of becoming a parent are the long sleepless nights. For all the sleep lost, more than four in five (83 per cent) agree they had to change their Friday nights for at-home cuddling sessions with their baby – but they were happy to do so.

“We understand that bringing baby home is the start of a wonderful but often nerve-wracking journey and we want to help support parents and caregivers,” Stokke CEO Jacob Kragh said in a statement.

Mom and dad gain superpowers?

Many parents say they develop ‘super powers’ after having a baby, with the ability to understand ‘children’s language’ being the most common (63%). Nearly three out of five parents learn about “mom/dad reflexes” during the first two months of parenthood.

Another 53% of all parents think they’re developing “super strength,” like opening their child’s mighty little hands full of something they shouldn’t have. Moms are also the most likely to develop “eyes in the back of the head,” with 53% of women unlocking this ability compared to just 42% of dads.

More than seven in 10 (71%) say the little things are what they love most when they become parents. According to parents, kisses, hugs and jokes are what really matters in adjusting to their new parenting lifestyle.

“Providing our children with the tools, skills and mindset to support their milestones, and then seeing them achieve and master them with creativity and independence is the most rewarding feeling of being a parent,” says Yolanda Vilchez, Marketing Director at Stokke.

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