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Hi Guys, a friend has an eight week old who is fractious. she is suffering from anxiety, and doubts herself. She is an amazing mum. Other than tell her how amazing she is and listening, how else can I help?


Posted by coastalkaryn, 9th August 2016


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  • Being a supportive friend is the best thing you can do.


  • Being an understanding, caring ear to listen is great. If you could, maybe give her a break from baby, let her enjoy some ME time. But honestly, just being there would be helping


  • I think what you do is good; just listen and tell her she’s doing great is very important. A fractious child who’s difficult to settle can be taking a lot of energy and draining. If you want to do more you could maybe offer to look after her little one for a hour or so and she can do something for herself.


  • Just listen – I got so bloody sick of people telling me their stories, and offering advice.. My son slept for 2-3 hours in 24 hours for the first four months of his life. It was a nightmare. You do doubt yourself. Show her our responses to your question… The only advice I remember is from my cousin “it is stages not ages with babies and children” This still is my mantra!


  • You are a good friend in trying to help and in this stress related society it can be very hard to cope . My sister in law ( on hub side ) has two children who has anxiety and in her case genetics are part of it as she is a sufferer herself and is always finding it hard to make decisions etc. If your friend has a serious case, perhaps suggest if she would like you to go to a doctor with her as she may need a psychologist to help her with coping skills especially if her worries are intense which can affect her sleep. decision making , diet etc.. I am sure she appreciates your help and hope she gets the right support .


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