There’s a lot of information about the importance of parents bonding with their baby and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Try not to worry if you don’t feel as close to your young baby as you’d like to. Most parents find that with time and a few gentle tips, a close bond happens without trying too much.
Humans are social beings and for women particularly, connecting with others after giving birth is really important. New mothers especially, benefit from the emotional support they gather from other mothers who are going through similar experiences. You’ll find you share a common currency, e.g., your babies, which will help you to find other ways to connect with parents.
Most people have heard about postnatal depression, but did you know that Dad’s get depression too? It’s called ‘paternal depression’ and it’s a common experience for men.
Up to 1 in 10 Dads will experience it either during the pregnancy or after baby arrives.
It’s important to recognise that feeling anxious, sad or overwhelmed at times is a co...