Close Close
Mother and Baby

Three In Four Of Us Find New Parenthood Harder Than Expected

Many parents put on a brave face in those early months with their baby, according to a new survey

You read the baby books, babysit your BFF’s little one and do all the prep you can during pregnancy, but new parenthood is often still a massive learning curve.

A steeper one than many of us think it’ll be, according to a new study.

More than three in four new mums and dads find the first three months of parenthood harder than they expected.

The biggest challenges? Unsurprising, a lack of sleep came out tops, followed by financial strain, relationship difficulties, getting out of the house and feeling the pressure to know all the answers.

Yet despite this, 90 per cent of the 1,000 parents surveyed by nursery retailer Kiddicare admit they exaggerate how well they’re coping to put on a brave face.

More than three in four new mums and dads find the first three months of parenthood harder than they expected

The poll also discovered that 41 per cent wouldn’t accept or ask for help from family and friends because they don’t want to appear to be struggling – highlighting again that pressure to feel like you have everything covered and under control.

It’s not all about the difficulties, though. Parents also revealed their favourite parts of having a new baby.

Number one is the little things, so the smiles, cuddles and gurgles (aw, definitely!) while others including feeding, baby bath time and making new friends.

What was your biggest challenge of new parenthood? Let us know on the comments board below.

 
Related content:

Comments

No comments have been made yet.


Win an award-winning aden + anais swaddle pack
Win an award-winning aden + anais swaddle pack

Click here for your chance to win an award-winning aden + anais swaddle pack

Pampers Baby-Dry
Win a 1 month supply of Pampers Baby-Dry nappies

Enter now for your chance to win a 1 month supply of Pampers Baby-Dry nappies PLUS £100 John Lewis voucher.

Lemonade Money
It’s time to make sure your loved ones are protected

Every parent knows the importance of planning ahead; from the new school shoes, to your little one’s education, you want to fill their future with hopes and dreams. Yet are you one of the 80% of adults here in the UK that has no life cover?

Win an NCT antenatal course
Win an NCT antenatal course

Click here for your chance to win an antenatal course with NCT and make sure you're baby ready.

How to deal with nappy rash with Superdrug's My Little Star range
How to deal with nappy rash with Superdrug's My Little Star range

Nappy rash is painful for parents as well as for your baby. Read Dr Pixie's guide to learn how to deal with nappy rash…

Celebrating parenting's small wins
Celebrating parenting's small wins

As mums, we're constantly told to enjoy every moment; in reality, parenting can sometimes be challenging. That's where small wins come in...

Mother and Baby April
Subscribe to Mother&Baby

Be the best mum you can be and let Mother & Baby guide you along the way. Each issue is jam packed with REAL advice from mums just like you. Subscribe today & get a free welcome gift!

Ovulation Calculator
Ovulation calculator
Trying for a baby? Work out when you're most fertile to increase your chances of getting pregnant with our easy-to-use ovulation calculator.
Pregnant woman
Due Date Calculator

When is your baby due? If you’re having trouble remembering dates and counting up the days on your fingers and toes, don’t worry – use our due date calculator.

Get M&B in your inbox!

Sign up to Mother&Baby today and get news and advice about your body and your baby straight to your inbox every week.