Baby Proof Your Marriage: 3 Essential Tips for a Strong Bond
Why would you need to baby proof your marriage?
I mean, watching your partner become a parent is one of the most beautiful and inspiring things to witness. The pure love on their face as they hold your precious baby, is enough to make you fall in love with them all over again!
This beautiful new chapter will likely bring you closer than ever before.
Well, I have to be honest – navigating parenthood can also test your relationship. Riding the “new baby high” and seeing your partner’s unconditional love is incredible!
Still, it’s vital to nourish your bond before birth. “Baby proofing” your marriage gives you a solid foundation to lean on when stressful moments hit.
Finding fun ways to connect before baby arrives is key!
Here are 3 tips you can use to help you fortify your relationship as you enter into parenthood.
Creating a Baby Bucket List
Imagine sitting down with your partner and envisioning ways to connect and cherish each other before the arrival of your little one. Like a traditional bucket list, this “baby bucket list” is made up of activities and experiences you both want to do together before birth.
Some ideas to consider:
- Planning a “babymoon:” a special getaway to relax and reconnect before the baby’s arrival.
- It doesn’t have to be an elaborate trip; even a cozy weekend retreat or exploring your own city can work wonders. By prioritizing quality time together, you create cherished memories and deepen your connection.
- Creating a relationship time capsule: a collection of mementos and keepsakes from your life before becoming parents.
- Gather concert tickets, photographs, hotel key cards, or other sentimental items that hold significance for you as a couple.
- Write little notes about the memories they represent and store them away. Revisiting the capsule later allows reflection on your relationship’s growth and reminiscing special times.
Love Notes and Shared Journals
Sometimes, it’s the smallest gestures that carry the most profound impact.
Throughout the day, surprise your partner with little love notes—sticky reminders that say, “I see you, I love you, and I appreciate you.” Leave them on the bathroom mirror or slip them into their work bag. These simple acknowledgements, when discovered unexpectedly, can bring a smile to your partner’s face and foster a sense of connection even when you’re apart.
For a more structured approach, an idea I love is working on a shared journal. It doesn’t have to be elaborate; a simple notebook will do. Use it to communicate your feelings, share emotional experiences, and discuss hopes, dreams, and plans for the future. Taking turns writing and reading each other’s entries creates a powerful connection and a beautiful keepsake to revisit in the years to come. Whether you go the sticky note route or dive into a shared journal, you are intentionally nurturing open communication and strengthening your emotional bond.
Tap Into the Gottman Institute’s Relationship Tools
The Gottman Institute, known for their research on relationships, offers a wealth of resources to strengthen and nurture your partnership. They offer a great program for expecting parents called “Bringing Baby Home,” designed specifically for couples navigating the journey of parenthood.
If you prefer a more casual approach, the Gottman Institute also offers a free app called “Card Decks”.
This app incorporates their research findings into various interactive exercises that promote healthy communication, connection, and understanding. Explore open-ended questions that rekindle curiosity about your partner’s dreams, aspirations, and personal growth. Dive into love maps, a relationship GPS that helps you understand each other’s thoughts, emotions, and experiences. The app even provides ideas for enhancing intimacy and spicing up your romantic life.
As a personal note, my husband and I use the Card Decks app and love how easy and fun it is to use.
Ready to Baby Proof Your Marriage? Let’s Connect!
Preparing your relationship for parenthood is a vital step in ensuring a strong and harmonious family foundation. While witnessing the transformation of becoming parents is truly awe-inspiring, it’s important to acknowledge that new parenthood can also present challenges for your relationship.
Remember, nurturing your connection and strengthening your bond before the arrival of your little one can make a world of difference when those tough moments arise.
Each relationship and parenting experience is unique, and personalized guidance can be incredibly beneficial. That’s why I invite you to take the next step and book a call with me. Together, we can collaboratively create a customized relationship support plan tailored to your specific needs. Prioritizing your relationship during this transformative time will not only strengthen your bond but also contribute to a loving and nurturing environment for your precious little one.
Your journey into parenthood is a beautiful adventure, and I’m here to support you every step of the way.
Schedule a call today and let’s ensure your relationship flourishes as you welcome your bundle of joy into this world.