AD| When you have a baby, everything changes in an instant. Your whole world revolves around this little bundle of love and joy, and all you want is to make sure that you can give them the world, but as a couple, you might not make time for each other. Of course, those first few weeks of parenthood aren’t all sunshine and rainbows, having a newborn is tough. It’s a big adjustment and it can take its toll on your relationship.
You’re both overjoyed at your new addition and you love them more than you ever thought possible, but you are also both completely overwhelmed and exhausted, which is perfectly normal. However, it’s important to try and ensure that as well as caring for your little one, that you are also making time for each other.
It’s not always easy to make time for your partner when there’s a new baby around but the fact is that it is important to continue to nurture your relationship and have quality, one-on-one time with your partner. The question is, of course, how can you go about doing that when you have a newborn in the house?
Create little rituals
You may not have hours and hours on end free to spend with your partner anymore, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot create a few little rituals that you do day in, day out allowing you to spend a little quality time together each day. This could be as simple as waking each other up with coffee and sitting and chatting for a few minutes while you drink your coffee each morning, for instance. Or, it could be practising 10-minutes of yoga together each night before you go to bed. It’s about making time to create rituals that form a regular part of your day.
Have at-home date nights
You might be stuck at home but that doesn’t mean you can’t have date nights together. Plan mini date nights where you can spend some much-needed quality time together as a couple. You may only have a couple of hours while the baby is napping but that doesn’t matter, take advantage of every second that you have available to you. If you can’t manage a movie night because you never make it through a whole movie, opt to stream a television series instead via your Amazon Firestick – its biggest benefit is its wide range of options for streaming television and movies.
Take joy from the little things
When it comes to your relationship post-baby, it’s important to take joy in the little things. Appreciate every moment that the two of you get to spend together, and take full advantage of it. Whether it’s taking a short stroll together while your little one naps in their pram, it’s sitting together for a few minutes talking, or it’s snuggling together in bed after a long and exhausting day, learn to take joy from the little things.
Becoming a parent is the most extraordinary thing, however, it can take a toll on your relationship. So knowing how to make time for each other once the baby has arrived is extremely important.
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