Relationships with those around you will change as you adjust to your new role. It won't happen overnight.
Newborn babies are particularly demanding of your time and energy. Many parents find it tricky to balance everyone’s needs and deal with their own feelings as well.
When your baby arrives
Although the arrival of a baby can be wonderful, many parents don’t realise how tiring or confusing it can be. You might have negative feelings you don’t feel you should have.
If this isn’t your first child, it’s easy to forget how things were the last time.
Getting to know this little person and doing all the things to meet the baby’s needs might seem a huge task. Be kind to yourself and take it slowly.
Managing your time
When you’re tired in the early days you can end up spending all your time looking after your baby and spend time with no one else. Be careful this doesn’t develop into your pattern.
It's healthy to make time to take care of yourself and spend quality time with other adults too. It's not something to feel guilty about
Your other children
If you already have children, caring for them and your baby can take up all your energy.
It's important to:
- give your older children quality time with you too
- take time to introduce them to their new sibling
Help from friends and family
It’s okay to ask for help from people you trust and know would be happy to help. Think about what would help you most. Maybe some shopping for you or looking after the baby while you have a bath.
When people offer help, say yes.