The most anxious time for new mothers is around five months and one week after their baby is born, recent studies suggest.
It is during this period that first-time mothers normally direct the most questions to professionals regarding the development of their babies, research from the Department of Health shows.
And this is also the time when mothers with infants can begin to feel most isolated - after the initial flurry of visits from family and friends has calmed down.
Four out of five first-time mothers (81%) said their baby’s needs changed quickly between the age of five and eight months, leaving them concerned about whether they were doing a good job.
During the same period, three in five (60%) said regular visits from friends and family dropped and more than half (54%) said their partner was less able to get home to help out.
A third (32%) said after five months they had no time for themselves and a fifth (20%) admitted they felt baby care was “repetitive and mundane”.
The study was undertaken to help with the development of NHS Baby LifeCheck, a free online questionnaire to help new mums and dads.
The website covers topics including development, talking and playing, feeding, healthy teeth, safety, sleep routine, immunisations and being a parent.
The new online tool replaces NHS Early Years LifeCheck which was launched in 83 areas in October last year.