Life changes

Being a parent changes your life a lot.

You may:

  • feel a great responsibility for the baby, who is dependent on you for food, care and love;
  • feel insecure and scared about the baby’s emotions and needs. You only get to know these little by little;
  • become short of sleep because you have to get up at night;
  • have difficulties breast-feeding (women);
  • worry about the future;
  • have to give up previous habits and hobbies;
  • have to plan your activities carefully.

Social life

Your social contacts may change. For example, you may:

  • want to spend a lot of the time with your baby;
  • get to know new people who also have children;
  • move and get new neighbours;
  • have to plan more in advance: some contacts may become less intense.

Both the mother and father of the baby experience changes.

Changes are normal. It takes some time to get used to the new situation.

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