New Parents: 7 Tips to Keep Your Relationship on Track!
Article revised on 31 January 2018
Nothing shakes things up like the arrival of a new baby! Babies may be tiny, but they sure do take up a lot of space, don’t they? Meeting a baby’s needs is a full-time job. If your daily routine is baby focused, never forget that the family structure is based on the parents’ relationship, so it’s important to keep it strong. Finding time for romance is a challenge, but maintaining feelings of closeness and intimacy is definitely doable. Here are a few tips on how to keep the flame alive and be an even better team:
Share your joys, disappointments, expectations, needs, fears… to keep your relationship healthy!
2. Be patient and understanding
You and your partner may not get back on the same page, at the same time, with regard to sexual desire, separation from the baby, need for intimacy, etc. Respect each other’s needs and move together towards a compromise.
3. Don’t forget the little things
Make time for some kissing and cuddling, tell your partner you hope he or she has a good day or a good night, compliment your partner, etc.
4. Restore intimacy
The baby may have taken over the family nest, but your home must continue to be a place where you are comfortable being intimate. Take back the space where you feel at ease as a couple.
5. Time for two
Leave the baby with someone you trust, and go out on a date! If it’s too difficult to be separated, take advantage of the baby’s naptime to spend some quality time together.
6. Accept help
Some friends or relatives may offer help with housework, babysitting, meal prep, etc. If so, say Yes! It will lighten your load and give you some time for yourself.
7. It’s not all about the baby!
It’s normal that you would want to talk a lot about your new baby, but conversations can be about other topics, as well: work, friends and family members, news, etc. You’re not just a parent!
Movies for Mommies (and Daddies)
Are you and baby getting cabin fever? Perhaps it’s time for an outing! Many cinemas now offer special screenings for new parents with babies. They come with soft lights, a change table, room for strollers… Take advantage of this opportunity to get a change of scene while keeping the baby with you. Contact the cinemas near you, or visit their website to find out more.
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