Sharing the workload of a new baby
How partners and family can help
It’s only natural to want to do everything for your baby but it’s actually a good idea to share the workload. This helps your baby to develop relationships with others and recognise the important people in your lives. And once you can get used to handing your baby over to someone else for a while, you can catch up on some activities or some sleep too. Not only that but you’ll be sharing the wonderful experience that bonding with a new baby brings.
Dad can spend plenty of private time with your baby doing activities that involve skin-to-skin contact. Changing nappies, cuddling, putting the baby to sleep, giving them a bath, or even just reading in a chair while the baby naps on his chest are all great relationship builders. They’ll give him and the baby a chance to be alone together and he can really enjoy being a dad.
It’s also good for dad to take responsibility for the little everyday chores which need doing around the house – sharing in the everyday routine is all part of coping with new family life.
Finally, enjoy time with your baby all together too! Family occasions are the perfect opportunity for your baby to experience different cuddles and to see everyone around them.