The Psychology of Everyday Life:Love, Marriage, and the Baby Carriage


What are the biggest stresses in the first year of the baby’s life?

Despite the profound rewards of welcoming a new baby into the home, the first year of the baby’s life brings considerable stress. Probably most dramatic is the disruption in sleep. Additionally, there is a tremendous loss of personal time as an infant demands near-constant attention. Even finding the time to take a shower can pose a challenge at times. There are financial changes, as well, if a working woman stays home to look after her baby. If she goes back to work, child care arrangements must be made. Finally, parenting an infant involves marked changes in routine. Meals, social life, laundry, and many other aspects of daily life must now be arranged around child care. Eventually, parents establish new routines, but the transition period can be a time of notable stress.


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