Parenting, especially the first time, has got to be one of the biggest learning curves you will ever face.
When I had my first child, babies were almost alien to me and I had a sugar-coated idea of what being a parent was going to be like.
No amount of talk, or coaching prepared me for the change to my life and it was a real shock to the system.
Now I am a proud grandparent, but even with 5 siblings, I have seen my daughter and her partner go through exactly the same thing.
Possibly the hardest thing, for a new mum, is dealing with the aftermath of the birth, both physically and also mentally. Plus throw in a dose of sleep deprivation, hormones that are all over the place and it’s no wonder that it can all feel a little overwhelming.
One problem many of us face is loneliness after having a baby.
The first few weeks of maternity leave are exciting and when you have your baby, the first couple of weeks race by in a blur, but once the visitors numbers start decreasing and your partner has gone back to work after parental leave, being at home with a baby 24/7 can feel restrictive and you really start to miss properly interacting with people.
The longer this goes on, the harder it is to do something about it.
How to combat loneliness as a new parent
1. Join Emma’s Diary #sleeplessarmy campaign. It is a safe space on Facebook where like-minded parents and carers join forces and support one another through the crazy journey that is parenthood. I made some really close friends whilst tweeting on the night feeds when mine were babies that I still chat to regularly.
2. Attend a toddler group or baby class and sit with a mum who’s there alone and chat
3. Attend a baby swimming class, nothing bonds you more than singing nursery rhymes and bouncing your baby through the water. It often makes baby sleepy afterwards and is the ideal time to go for a cheeky coffee afterwards
4. Go to the park and chat to another mum who is there by herself
5. Buy an annual pass to a local attraction, or ask for one as a gift. You will find other local mums there at the same time and it is a great way of giving the kids an experience and meeting new people. Babies and children under 3 are often free and it gets you out of the house when maternity pay runs out
6. Talk to your partner and arrange a day out on their day off, even if it is just a walk to the park or a stroll along the beach
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