If it’s your first child, you’re learning how to be a parent together. You’re learning how to interpret the baby’s needs. If you already have a child or more than one child, you’re adjusting to caring for another baby in a busy household. You’re navigating the emotional rollercoaster together from highs to lows and back again. On top of that you’re most likely sleep-deprived.
You might be experiencing unexpected differences in how you each want to care for your baby. Perhaps one of you believes in breastfeeding in public and the other doesn’t. Or one believes the baby should be left to settle itself, while the other wants to rock the little one to sleep. Perhaps you’ve never discussed these issues before. Bringing them up now can sometimes cause conflict and tension. And if other issues are in the mix, such as financial stress, issues at work, social or physical isolation, or issues with extended family, we know that it can add an extra layer of stress to your relationship with your partner.