Bonding With Your Spouse Post-Baby

marriage after babyMarriage after baby woe: The Captain-Lieutenant syndrome

Think just because you read What to Expect When You’re Expecting from cover to cover means that you’re the expert and your partner the assistant? Many women do, says Christensen. But that doesn’t mean it’s right—or that your husband’s happy about it.

Recognize that you and your partner are both leaders on Team Family. Encourage your husband to spend an equal amount of time on baby duty—then back off! (It’ll give you a much-needed break, plus promote dad baby bonding.) Another tip: Set aside time each week alone to talk about your current bed, meal, and play routines. If you don’t like something your partner is (or isn’t) doing, talk about it then—not in front of your baby.