Your friends have seen you through hellish jobs, heartbreak, and probably a few hangovers. You've been through the good and bad, and don't know where you'd be without their support. So when news of a baby throws your life for a loop, it's normal to worry about your longtime buddies getting lost in the shuffle. You’ve heard a million times that having a baby changes everything, and just hope that your friendship is the one thing that can withstand the new addition. But to keep your friendships strong after you have a baby, you're going to have to put in a little extra effort.
Granted, as a new mom you may not be able to get turnt up on a Tuesday, but you and your friends can adapt to the new normal and stay as close as ever. As long as you’re open and honest about what is possible with the demands of an infant dominating your schedule, your friends don’t have to fall by the wayside. As long as they can be flexible — and maybe change a diaper here and there — you don’t have to resign yourself to a hermitic existence until the kid starts Kindergarten. Here, a few sage tips for maintaining strong friendships once your little one turns life upside-down.