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    Listening to new parentsOne thing all parents know is that nothing about parenting is exactly what you expected. So to better support and understand today’s new parents, we started at the beginning: we listened.

    Listening to new parents

    One thing all parents know is that nothing about parenting is exactly what you expected. So to better support and understand today’s new parents, we started at the beginning: we listened.

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    We’ve been good at imparting our 150 years of science backed knowledge. And now it is time for us to make space for all the parents who have been experiencing the blips, the burps, the spills, the smiles – and everything in between. Visit theparentingindex.com to find out more.

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    How to parent like a pro

    Baby on the way / in your arms, and worried you don't have a clue? (No one does, shhh.) Check out our checklists to help you win in every aspect of modern parenting. 

    Did you ever feel alone during your first year as a parent?
    yes 50%
    no 50%
    yes
    no
    It’s totally normal! Most moms say they sometimes felt lonely in the beginning too. Even when you’re cradling another human or scrolling through social media feeds with friendly faces, feelings of detachment and isolation may often creep in. 
    You have a strong community! If loneliness does creep in, try focusing on the baby in your arms, the partner next to you in bed, and friendly faces on your social media feeds. It can really help.
    Do you and your partner share childcare responsibilities?
    yes 50%
    no 50%
    yes
    no
    Life is easier together. For example, try having one parent cook dinner while the other handles bath time, then swap the next day
    That doesn’t mean one of you is a better parent. It’s tricky to maintain balance! Try divvying up the childcare tasks in a way you’re both comfortable with, and don’t hesitate to revisit your plan of attack if it isn’t working for you both.
    During your first year as a parent, did you experience lots of emotional highs and lows?
    yes 50%
    no 50%
    yes
    no
    It’s like a roller coaster, right? One minute you’re looking in this creature’s eyes with an explosion of love and another minute you don’t know how you’ll survive without exploding yourself.
    Impressive! Most parents feel as if they’re sitting in the first car of a roller coaster with all the ups, downs and free falls.
    Did you feel a sense of guilt at all as a new parent?
    yes 50%
    no 50%
    yes
    no
    Let us count the ways! For going back to work, or not going back to work. For taking an hour to meet a friend for coffee, or not getting to see friends at all… It’s easy to feel like you can’t win. The good news is you’re not alone: The majority of new parents feel guilty, no matter the choices they make. Try to remind yourself you’re doing your best, and that’s all you can do.
    We wouldn’t blame you if you said yes, but way to go for being immune to guilt during a time when it’s so easy to feel the pressure to be perfect.
    All things considered; would you say your baby is an “easy baby”?
    yes 50%
    no 50%
    yes
    no
    Sleeps through the night, doesn’t cry in public and eats when we do—if that isn’t easy, what is?
    We get it. They cry a lot, eat a lot and poop a lot. We’ll ask again once they leave for college.
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    • News Snooze:  When it’s been so long since you read the news, watched TV or scrolled through social media that you’re unaware of what’s happening in the outside world. 

    • Parentnoia: When you’re afraid to admit you’re struggling out of fear of judgement or abandonment.

    • Sleepcation: When you’re dying for a vacation away from your new baby just so you can catch up on sleep. 

    • Parental Load: When you’re so focused on feeding, changing and putting your baby to sleep that you forget to take care of your own basic needs. 

    • Cry-lence: When you no longer hear your child (or any child, for that matter) crying because they do it so often you’ve become immune to the noise.

    • Hide-and-Sleep: When you hide in another room and pretend to sleep so your partner has to deal with the baby.

    • Opinionaters: What new parents call strangers who offer unsolicited thoughts and advice about how you’re raising your child. 

    • Wonder Tears: When, despite loving your child, you sometimes feel more tearful, overwhelmed and lonely on this new parental journey. 

    • Mama Drama: When, as a mother, you can do no right, while papa can do no wrong.

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    Other parents have gone through this rollercoaster of changes too. Follow our Facebook page to find a supportive network, along with expert advice, helpful tips, and support for every stage of parenthood.

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