You've probably heard the phrase "a baby changes everything" more times than you can count. The unsolicited advice about what a baby does to your schedule, body or sleep cycle has become white noise at this point.

But, as you align all your birth-plan-ducks in a row and pack that perfect hospital bag as if Marie Kondo herself was your doula, it's normal to have some nagging curiosity about how this baby may impact your relationship, especially if it's your first child. With 67% of couples experiencing a decline in relational satisfaction after bringing their baby home, is there hope for a smooth transition into parenthood? Yes! But, unlike heartburn and waddling, it doesn't come naturally as the pregnancy progresses.


Here are 10 ways you can start now to prepare your relationship for a baby:

1. Share memories

Your baby will think your life began the day they were born. But, with each 3am feeding, you'll be reminded how differently your life looked prior to their arrival.

Take some time to grieve the loss of your freedoms along with your partner. Reminisce about crazy times you had together, and encourage one another that this is yet another fantastic stop on your lifelong adventure together.

2. Show gratitude

Thankfulness is never overrated. Gratitude redirects our mental energy towards recognizing the positive amidst any circumstance. It also helps prevent partner resentment, a common relationship monster that shows its ugly head as couples shift their roles and expectations. Getting into the habit of appreciating your partner will help you feel more grounded on the days you feel overwhelmed.

3. Prioritize self-care

It sounds counterintuitive to address your own needs in an effort to nurture your relationship, but it's incredibly effective. Knowing your needs and addressing them in healthy ways eliminates the "why can't you just read my mind" thought from taking over. When you care well for yourself, you have the wherewithal to give from a full cup—something you'll need loads of when it comes to the selflessness of parenting.

4. Make small connections

Feeling close to your partner can no longer be contingent upon how many romantic dinners, Netflix binges, or strolls on the beach you might take. When nap times and feedings take precedent, it can be difficult to know when to prioritize time together.

Instead of waiting for the next getaway, implement tiny moments of connection into your new normal. Take one minute to write a sweet text, five minutes to fix them a snack, 10 minutes to just cuddle on the couch—it all counts.

5. Have a sense of humor

They say timing is everything when it comes to humor, and relationships are no different. Finding some silliness in the journey to parenthood will help you fend off the anxieties that come with learning something new. The reality is that neither of you has ever met this new little creature before, so there should be plenty of material for fodder. There's nothing like some inside jokes to keep you on common ground.

6. Stay short-sighted

While every day can have moments that seem to last forever, this phase is temporary. Today's challenges will not be the same two weeks from now, so pace yourself knowing that it's okay to complete a day having the feeling that you survived, even if it feels like "nothing got done."

Reminding one another that you're on this rollercoaster together can help you remember how fleeting this season is.

7. State expectations

We already expect too much of ourselves. Social media bombards us with ideas of organic meal prep ideas, Pinterest-worthy housekeeping, and making sure your baby knows sign-language, violin, and funds a start-up before they even wean. When it feels like you must do it all and anything short is failing, remind each other that you are enough. State now what you expect your relationship to look like after baby, re-evaluating your expectations with each new learning curve parenthood brings as your little one develops.

8. Split responsibilities

There's no easy way to say this, but there's just going to be more to do. More laundry, more food, more management of all the things, and the mental energy that it takes to stay on top of it. You shouldn't have to do it alone, so stop trying. Allowing your partner to truly step into roles that may not be their strength is part of growing closer. It takes trust, empathy and patience to ask for help and appreciate the effort that's extended.

In other words, your partner may not load the dishwasher the way you want them to, but having them do it can save your time and mental energy.

9. Stay teachable

Humility is the precursor to progress. You can't grow if you don't learn, and becoming a parent is like taking the fast lane to maturity. Communicating "how-tos" can often become condescending, so it's important to dialogue about decision making openly. Remaining on the same side of an issue will help couples build teamwork instead of resentment.

In other words, try looking at each problem from a shared perspective. For example, "How will the baby bottles get washed each night?" versus "Here is the proper way to wash baby bottles," and work towards the same goal.

10. Slow down

Newborns slow life down in the best way possible. Time will warp between feedings and get lost among survival mode. The overwhelming responsibility of caring for a new human can become mundane if you aren't used to this new pace of life.

Do your best to not define your productivity by how much gets done in the day. Instead, encourage one another to rest, channel your energy into your self-care, your sleep and your new favorite pastime of staring at that sweet babyface. This a season to receive help, order in meals and delegate needs to your support system.

As you ease into your new normal, be gracious and patient with your partner. Soon enough, you'll be shifting out of survival mode and begin to adapt to life as a family. Nurturing your partnership will not only ensure an easier transition into parenthood, but it will also truly expand your ability to embrace all the sweet moments this milestone has to offer.

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Like the Puj hug hooded baby towel, aka the handiest, softest cotton towel ever created.

Safely removing a wet, slippery baby from the bath can be totally nerve-wracking, and trying to hold onto a towel at the same time without soaking it in the process seems to require an extra arm altogether. It's no wonder so much water ends up on the floor, the countertops, or you(!) after bathing your little one. Their splashing and kicking in the water is beyond adorable, of course, but the clean up after? Not as much.

It sounds simple: Wash your child, sing them a song or two, let them play with some toys, then take them out, place a towel around them, and dry them off. Should be easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, right?

But it hasn't been. It's been more—as one of my favorite memes says—difficult, difficult, lemon difficult. Because until this towel hit the bathtime scene, there was no easy-peasy way to pick up your squirming wet baby without drenching yourself and/or everything around you.

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Motherly editors’ 7 favorite hacks for organizing their diaper bags

Make frantically fishing around for a diaper a thing of the past!

As any parent knows, the term "diaper bag" only scratches the surface. In reality, this catchall holds so much more: a change of clothes, bottles, snacks, wipes and probably about a dozen more essential items.

Which makes finding the exact item you need, when you need it (read: A diaper when you're in public with a blowout on your hands) kind of tricky.

That's why organization is the name of the game when it comes to outings with your littles. We pooled the Motherly team of editors to learn some favorite hacks for organizing diaper bags. Here are our top tips.

1. Divide and conquer with small bags

Here's a tip we heard more than a few times: Use smaller storage bags to organize your stuff. Not only is this helpful for keeping related items together, but it can also help keep things from floating around in the expanse of the larger diaper bag. These bags don't have to be anything particularly fancy: an unused toiletry bag, pencil case or even plastic baggies will work.

2. Have an emergency changing kit

When you're dealing with a diaper blowout situation, it's not the time to go searching for a pack of wipes. Instead, assemble an emergency changing kit ahead of time by bundling a change of baby clothes, a fresh diaper, plenty of wipes and hand sanitizer in a bag you can quickly grab. We're partial to pop-top wipes that don't dry out or get dirty inside the diaper bag.

3. Simplify bottle prep

Organization isn't just being able to find what you need, but also having what you need. For formula-feeding on the go, keep an extra bottle with the formula you need measured out along with water to mix it up. You never know when your outing will take longer than expected—especially with a baby in the mix!

4. Get resealable snacks

When getting out with toddlers and older kids, snacks are the key to success. Still, it isn't fun to constantly dig crumbs out of the bottom of your diaper bag. Our editors love pouches with resealable caps and snacks that come in their own sealable containers. Travel-sized snacks like freeze-dried fruit crisps or meal-ready pouches can get an unfair reputation for being more expensive, but that isn't the case with the budget-friendly Comforts line.

5. Keep a carabiner on your keychain

You'll think a lot about what your child needs for an outing, but you can't forget this must-have: your keys. Add a carabiner to your keychain so you can hook them onto a loop inside your diaper bag. Trust us when we say it's a much better option than dumping out the bag's contents on your front step to find your house key!

6. Bundle your essentials

If your diaper bag doubles as your purse (and we bet it does) you're going to want easy access to your essentials, too. Dedicate a smaller storage bag of your diaper bag to items like your phone, wallet and lip balm. Then, when you're ready to transfer your items to a real purse, you don't have to look for them individually.

7. Keep wipes in an outer compartment

Baby wipes aren't just for diaper changes: They're also great for cleaning up messy faces, wiping off smudges, touching up your makeup and more. Since you'll be reaching for them time and time again, keep a container of sensitive baby wipes in an easily accessible outer compartment of your bag.

Another great tip? Shop the Comforts line on to find premium baby products for a fraction of competitors' prices. Or, follow @comfortsforbaby for more information!

This article was sponsored by The Kroger Co. Thank you for supporting the brands that supporting Motherly and mamas.

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