2000 nappy changes and 1700 feeds take their toll says new study - as if we didn't know
It's certainly not news to us, but a new study commissioned by Aviva has shown that most new mums and dads spend the first 12 months of their baby’s life feeling stressed, confused by conflicting advice and isolated.“The arrival of a new baby signals a complete change in lifestyle and, while the first year of a new baby’s life is one of the most special, it’s also one of the toughest times for parents,” Aviva’s Louise Colley explains. Yes, we guess you could say that!While contending with 2,007 nappy changes and 1,789 feeds, it seems two thirds of new parents are anxious that they’re not caring for their baby properly. Four out of five parents have trouble with conflicting advice coming from family members, books and the internet, the survey also said. Could we add strangers in the supermarket, friends, old co-workers and any other passers-by to the list of people handing out conflicting – and unwanted – parenting advice, please!?So what can you do when you’re feeling overwhelmed or the stress starts to kick in? Talk to other new mums and dads in the same boat as you, and share your feelings – MFM’s forum is open 24/7, and if you need advice, you can ask for it in our dedicated Baby tell me how... section.
2,007 nappy changes and 1,789 feeds- is that it? Ive had and still do have days where it feels that many!!
and as for strangers in the suppermarket and every other passer by DO not get me started, the 'advice' i recieve daily is unreal! got told by the old lady who helps at toddlers to rub gin on lolas gums when she was teething, that teething gels a rip off!!
Yes it's stressful,it's a lot to get used to.Your life changes completely,and your time's not your own,neither's the money.Baby always comes first.I think other halfs seem to take a while longer to get used to that and add to the stress a little.
Personally I don't listen to advice I haven't asked for.If well meaning complete strangers "give advice" I just try to be polite,but it doesn't mean I have to pay any attention to it.Everyone's an expert it seems.I'm sure they mean well.I think it's ten times worse when it comes from in laws and outlaws cos you don't want to to insult his Mum and say she did this wrong or that so you're not doing it that way.Personally I don't care but I think a lot of us don't want to upset the MIL.
That said though,I wouldn't think of any of my babies' first years as being stressful.They quickly become such a big part of your life that you forget they ever weren't there.
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