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The "Mommy Knows Best" Myth

Depending on which parenting books you've read and how your parents raised you, you won't always agree with your partner on how to best care for the new baby. But remember: The two of you are helping each other raise a child. If you find yourselves butting heads over little issues -- such as how to hold the baby when he's crying or which outfit to dress him in -- back off every now and then, suggests Gottman. "Realize that there's more than one way to burp a baby," he says. "If you really feel your spouse's approach is unsafe, direct him to your pediatrician."