What were we thinking!

Information, resources and reassurance for new parents navigating the highs and lows of life with a baby

The birth of a first baby is one of the biggest life transitions an adult will experience. Major life changes are always accompanied by mixed feelings and most parents feel under-equipped for the tasks of infant care and managing a household with a baby.

This website contains information about common experiences in the early months of parenthood and some effective ways of thinking about and managing them.

All information on this website is drawn from up-to-date research and the experiences of many parents of new babies. We hope that you find the site helpful as you learn to live with your first baby.

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www.whatwerewethinking.org.au content was developed with funding from the Australian Government and the Jack Brockhoff Foundation. The authors have sole responsibility for the content of the website.

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This site is not a substitute for advice from your family doctor or another health professional.

If you feel sad, worried, or irritable most of the time, then it is important to talk to your family doctor.


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The hospital taught us how to wrap our little girl. The first three weeks were OK and she seemed to like being wrapped.

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Give things a go

Bedtime between 6 and 9pm for the first eight weeks sometimes proved challenging to settle Penelope in a short time frame. Some nights we could spend two hours in and out of her room re-settling.

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Getting to know you. Or not.

Who am I?  I really can’t tell anymore.  I used to be able to talk to anyone, about anything.  But now, it’s like I’ve had a lobotomy.  The part of my brain that had the social graces to be interested in the lives of strangers has been removed and replaced with, well nothing...

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