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


What impact does the new baby have on the marriage?

The birth of a baby has an enormous impact on a marriage. Just as the lives of the individual parents are permanently transformed by the birth of a child, the marriage is transformed as well. Parenthood undoubtedly brings the couple closer together; they now share the awesome and profound experience of bringing a new life into the world. Nonetheless, the arrival of the new baby brings considerable pressures to the marriage. For one, infants are extraordinarily time-consuming and the demands of a neonate can feel relentless. Secondly, it takes several months before infants develop regular sleep patterns. Sheer exhaustion can easily increase parents’ irritability and emotional volatility. The disruption in routine is also difficult on a marriage.


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