New parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first year

New parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first yearNew parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first year New parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first yearNew parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first year

New parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first year, a survey has revealed.

That's approximately 7 arguments a day, according to a study of 2,000 new moms and dads.

The catalysts for the arguments range from who’s sleeping more to lack of sex, money worries, and housework.

Here are the top 20 reasons why new parents have 2,500 rows in baby's first year.

Top 20 reasons parents argue in the first year

  1. Who is the most tired
  2. Who should get up during the night with the baby
  3. Housework not getting done
  4. Having less money than usual
  5. One person being at work all day while the other is left alone to parent
  6. Who should be responsible for feeding, changing, burping the baby
  7. Someone not doing their fair share of the work
  8. One person socializing more than the other
  9. Lack of affection
  10. Not having time to go out together
  11. One partner not putting in enough effort
  12. Not being able to soothe the crying baby
  13. Lack of sex
  14. Whether or not the baby should be left to cry alone
  15. Disagreement over relatives or in-laws getting involved
  16. One partner not talking to the other as much
  17. Pressure to have sex when you don’t want to
  18. One partner being bored at home alone with the baby
  19. Whether the baby is sick or not
  20. The amount the baby should eat or drink.

The silent treatment


About 30% of couples admitted they’d sometimes go five days without speaking to each other after a row.

One fifth of new parents split up in the first year, while one in 10 couples separated during their first year with a new baby but later got back together.

Leading reasons for separations ranged from “total lack of communication” to lack of sex and infidelity.

“It’s disheartening to see so many couples break up in the first 12 months of parenting, one of the most exciting times in their lives,” commented Zoë Bonser, show director at The Baby Show.


“While it is a wonderful period, there’s no doubt about it, it’s stressful with the change in sleep patterns, routines and responsibilities and getting used to there being a third person around that you have to care for all the time.”

The survey was created by parenting site, and the UK’s leading pregnancy and parenting event, The Baby Show, and conducted by OnePoll.

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