A new baby brings huge changes to you and your family and whānau. Any big change can be stressful. Whatever situation you’re in, you’ll need support. The people who support you may be family, whānau, friends or others in your community. Try to build support people around you before your baby arrives. Plunket can help to put you in touch with other parents in your community.
Talking with other people about how you feel may help, and it can bring you closer to them. Your support people may have their own ideas about how to look after a baby.
It’s a good idea to agree on how to care for your baby, so that everyone who looks after them is consistent in what they do. When children know what to expect, and are cared for by loving adults, they feel more secure.