Being a Parent
Being the parent of an infant is a very special experience.
You are the center of your baby’s world. Your love
and care give your baby the security she needs to develop
loving relationships and reach her full potential.
Your baby needs time to get to know her parents. And you
need time to get to know your baby. The bond you form
with your baby is the foundation for the love and guidance
she will need from you as she grows.
With the birth of a new baby, family ties are more important
than ever. Children benefit from the love and attention
of many caring adults. And you benefit from the support
of family and friends.
Your Relatives and Friends
You want to share your baby, but you also
need time to get to know her. Ask for help with
chores and errands so you can be with your infant
as much as you can. And don’t be afraid
to tell friends and relatives when you’ve
had enough visitors.
When Baby Makes Three
Having a baby can change the relationship between parents.
Both of you may be tired and irritable. You may have
less time for each other and be less interested in sex.
And you may not always have the same ideas about parenting.
Try to be patient and flexible. Spend time together
enjoying your new baby. Talk to each other about how
to handle crying, sleeping and other baby care issues.
Things You Can Do
Where to Find Help
What About Siblings?
Prepare your children for the
new baby and let them share in the excitement. Teach them
to be gentle with the baby—but never leave an infant
alone with a young child.
Make sure each of your children feels loved and special.
Try to keep routines for older children. Don’t start
child care or preschool for a sibling now. He may feel
the new baby is replacing him.
If you are helping to raise your grandchildren, you
may want to find a support group or grandparent
resource center. For
information for grandparents, visit www.aarp.org/