Parents find first year stressful

2000 nappy changes and 1700 feeds take their toll says new study - as if we didn't know

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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.

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“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!?

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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.

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