New Fathers: the importance of helping out
Helping out with your newborn not only gives your partner a break, it also helps strengthen the bond between you and your baby. Check out what you can do below.
Importance of bonding with your baby
Helping mum out
Tips for helping out when baby arrives
1. Get involved in the baby's routine
Changing nappies, handling bath-time, playing with your little one or soothing your baby to sleep are great ways to bond with your child, while also giving your partner some much-needed downtime.
Before your baby is born, it can be helpful to speak with your partner about what roles each of you will take. Perhaps, after she’s fed the baby, you will put them to bed; consistent routines such as this can benefit you and your partner just as much as your baby.
When a new baby comes onto the scene, things can tend to get quite chaotic, quite quickly. When the household chores start to stack up, it can become a source of tension between you and your partner.
Taking on a greater share of the chores can make a big difference, or you could even look at outsourcing some of it to a cleaner if your budget allows.
3. Being positive and supportive
Supporting your partner emotionally can be the biggest help of all for a new mum. Staying positive and supportive during difficult periods is tough. Nothing puts stress on a relationship quite like the unique surge of hormones, and sleep deprivation that a newborn brings.
Complimenting your partner on what a wonderful mother she is can help boost her confidence, so take every opportunity to tell her how great she’s doing.
Encouraging her when she’s upset or overwhelmed can also give her some comfort. When both parents are supporting each other, it makes for a much happier household.