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It can be hard to adjust to having a new baby in the house, especially if you’ve never had any children before. Your sleep pattern will be disrupted, and it will be difficult to think of anything other than taking care of the baby. However, it’s very important that you remember to take care of both yourself and your partner so that your relationship and health are not compromised with the added stress.
- Make time for a date away from the baby. You can find a babysitter you trust, or ask a family member to watch your infant – the important thing is that you get out for some time alone so that you can reconnect with your partner.
- Join a parenting group in your community. This can be a great way to connect with other new parents, make some new friends, and receive help with the adjustment phase. Sometimes, all it takes is the reassurance that someone else is going through the same stressful situation. Parenting groups are a great place to find tips on feeding your new baby, and learning how to prevent common health problems as well, like constipation.
- Visit Moontomars.org. You can find helpful advice and articles that will help you learn more about your infant.
Taking care of a tiny being that can’t voice its needs is a difficult task, and having a trusted resource to read can be very helpful. As a new parent, you aren’t expected to know how to do everything! Books and online articles can be wonderful preparation for the actual event, and can become a valuable tool to lean on during tough times.