30% of new parents revealed they go as long as 5 days without talking!
Worryingly, as many as 30% of those in the survey admitted they can go as long as 5 days without speaking to their significant other.
However, it should be noted that 25% believed their relationship was on the rocks before their baby was born.
“Forget the seven-year itch – it’s six months of sleepless nights that are most likely to prise apart new parents,” says Channel Mum founder Siobhan Freegard.
“Sleepless nights, less time for intimacy and added responsibility can test even the most committed relationships.”
Freegard stressed how important it is for parents to make time for each other and also find time to sleep!
“Lack of sleep during the early months, and getting used to the new-found responsibilities can pile pressure on new parents and contribute to arguments,” she added.
“Making time for each other can be just as important as learning how to look after the baby, as happy parents will naturally result in a happy child.”
Zoë Bonser, show director of The Baby Show, said “It’s disheartening to see so many couples break up in the first 12 months of parenting — one of the most exciting times in their lives.”
“While it is a wonderful period, there’s no doubt about it, it’s stressful with the change in sleep patterns, routines and responsibilities and getting used to there being a third person around that you have to care for all the time.”
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