Being a Parent
Adjustment to Parenting
It is common to feel unsure or anxious when there is a new addition to the family of 2 adults. Remind yourself that your role and responsibilities in the family will be different and you need to work together as a couple. Try and plan a few special times together both prior to, and following, the birth. These don't need to be extravagant, simply have a coffee together, or get a takeaway meal (but don't eat it in front of the TV!). With a new child you will have to expect changes in your current day to day routine.
You can’t always control the circumstances that life throws your way, but you can control how well you take care of yourself. Being healthy is important both for you and your child. For further information see our Healthy You Healthy Baby section.
Increased Need for Support
Don’t be afraid to ask for help and support as taking care of a new baby and having broken sleep can be exhausting. Identify who you can call on for advice and support and discuss it with them prior to birth. This will help your peace-of-mind that your support person will be ready and able to provide that support when you need it. Make a plan for how you can deal with busy times in the household such as meal times, bath and bedtimes, appointments, chores, busy work times and time out for you. This can assist with letting you know when you might need to call on your support. Don't forget to connect to and use resources in the community such as Ngala Parenting Line, Community Nurses etc. Enlist services for support including nappy service, on-line shopping and cleaner if and when the budget allows.
Ngala Books & DVDs
For families of children aged 0 to 18
if you need further assistance contact the Ngala Parenting Line.
Call 9368 9368 or Country Access 1800 111 546
8am to 8pm, Monday to Sunday or
Request a call from the Ngala Parenting Line online
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When: 30 Mar, 9:30am
Birth to 4 months: A 5-week series of workshops for parents with a newborn baby. Each workshop covers a wide range of topics about you and your new baby and provides the opportunity to meet and connect with other new parents in your local area.