Postpartum depression occurs in one in ten parents who have just given birth. It also occurs in one in ten of their partners. Often, postpartum depression is left undiagnosed or not seen by a doctor, so the reality is that these numbers are probably higher. For that reason, it is so important to understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of postpartum depression either in yourself or in your partner.
Welcoming a new baby to a family is an exciting and joyous occasion, but for an older sibling it can be confusing. New babies sleep and cry a lot, and they sure take up a lot of their parents’ time! Setting expectations and preparing a child for the arrival of a sibling can help to smooth the transition.
Toddlers and young children may have lots of questions about the new baby. Carefully chosen books can help them express their joy, alleviate fears and open up conversation with a child who may not yet have words to explain their feelings.
It’s no secret just how much space baby gear can take up in your home. Starting from the newborn stage of cribs, to swings, clothing, toys, gifts from friends and relatives, and everything in between, even the largest of spaces can fill up quickly. Add in all the new items continuously being brought in throughout different phases and as your child's interests change, and before you know it, your home can easily be taken over by everything baby.
It is normal for your child to feel nervous when it’s time for them to stay with a caregiver. Separation can be difficult for both the child and the parent, but your child can begin to feel comfortable, and separation anxiety will improve with these strategies.
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