BOUNCE BACK PARENTING
Having a baby is supposed to be one of life’s most wonderful experiences but when you’re living life as a new parent, coping with everything from nappy rash and 4am feeds to a long night with a colicky baby, it might be hard to believe that you’d ever chose to do it again. With one-child families predicted to be the majority within a decade1, could it be the case that the stress of the first six months, the sleepless nights and colic, could be to blame? Infacol, Britain’s Number One Colic Remedy2, asked mums whether their experience of infant colic had made them think twice about having another baby and the results are surprising! Despite the emotional roller coaster ride it seems most new mums bounce back, with almost 90%3 agreeing that their previous struggles with infant colic had absolutely no impact on their decision to have more children. So why are more mums than ever choosing to stop at one? One popular theory is the increasing cost of parenting, with the average cost of raising a child to adulthood being estimated at £307k4 with almost £10,000 of that spent within the first year alone. But the fact of the matter is that, although 74%5 of mums agree that the first six months of parenthood are the most stressful, around 30%6 of mums are pregnant with their second child within just 18 months of having their first!
“As parents see their first-born growing and hitting their milestones – from their first tooth to starting nursery – the stress of the first six months starts to melt away,” explains GP Hilary Jones. “It’s a phenomenon that I call ‘bounce back parenting’: before long parents begin to relish the challenge of doing it all again! It can be hard to remember this when you’re sleep deprived and caring for a colicky baby at all hours, but you will bounce back too!”