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It’s 3:24 am, Junior is crying once again…you roll over and punch your husband in the arm, “your son wants you,”
Part of the turmoil (which quickly turns into desperation) of being new parents is the constant battle of who’s turn it is, or who changes more diapers, or who spends all day with the baby.
Save your relationship the trouble. Seriously…all it takes is a 30-minute sit down with your partner to suss out the details so you both have the peace of mind knowing that the other one is duing their part.
AND the self-awareness to know that sometimes you just don’t feel like it, BUT that doesn’t mean that you can blame, manipulate, or otherwise coerce your partner.
Will you guys always stick to the plan? Nope.
Definitely not…BUT having a plan, like having a budget is an essential part of being a well-working couple.
First start by ahdering to the rules, then you can freestyle.
For related reading see: 11 STEPS TO TAKE PREPARE FOR BABY WITH YOUR PARTNER OR HUSBAND
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decide who will do what baby related chores
First you’ll decide whether you’re doing breastfeeding, bottle feeding, or a combination of both.
Each different type of feeding comes with its own chores related to baby.
Make a list of all the chores and divy them up equally.
How do you plan on splitting the diaper-changing responsiblities? Some exmaples are shifts (i.e. mom does the morning and afternoon, dad does the evening and night) or perhaps the every other time method (i.e. mom-dad-mom-dad). It's okay not to always follow the plan but it helps to not condemn the other person & ask them in a loving way for help if you need it. Use the space below to concoct your poopy plan.
Who will be doing a majority of the childcare? A care center? Mom? Dad? How can you split up the time to be relatively equal. Some things to consider: how many hours each person works outside of the house, the times you'll be together caring for the baby, some free, self-care time for both parents every day. Use the space below to write out a plan together.
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What extra household chores come along with baby, who will take care of them? Think: Laundry, Cleaning Cloth Diapers, Washing & Sterilizing Bottles, etc.
Late Night Feedings
During the newborn stage babies have very interrupted sleep, and sleep issues can carry on as well if not addressed. How will you split up the late-night feedings, diaper changes, and soothing sessions for bubba? Some things to consider: who works early the next morning, who tends to stay up later, who tends to wake up earlier.
Play Time & Baby Care
Tummy time, bath time, putting to bed, and taking baby to activities. Who will be in charge of each one? Will you do some of them as a team??
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Tell us in the comments sections below…what is your least favorite baby-related chore?