Relationship with friends and family

Having a relationship with friends and family can be beneficial for you and baby. Not only does your support system grow, but so does baby's. Let's dive in!

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Staying close with your non-parent friends

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Staying connected to your non-parent friends in the toddler years

How friends and family can help out, even when apart

Helping your nonparent friends get to know your toddler

Should I make my child hug relatives?

Helping your toddler bond with grandparents and other relatives

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Making parent friends

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Helping your partner feel closer to baby

Keeping your relatives involved in your toddler’s life when they live far away