Like all new parents, Teagan McCaigue has had her life flipped upside down.

The Byford mum gave birth to daughter Sophie in September and since then life has been all about the four-month-old.

“All of a sudden leaving home is not picking up your keys and walking out, it is making sure she has everything,” she said.

“Your perspective of things changes because you’ve got someone else to care about, you don’t worry about yourself so much.”

Ms McCaigue, 29, is taking part in a Telethon Kids Institute study into first-time parents.

University of WA masters student Phoebe George is doing the study to find out more about the transition into first-time parenting.

Ms George, who works with Telethon Kids Institute’s CoLab arm, said she aimed to find out more about how parents coped with the everyday challenges of new parenthood.

“It’s an exploratory study — it’s about seeing what we find,” she said.

“We are looking at first-time parenting as while it can be really rewarding and enjoyable, it can also be quite stressful and life-changing.

“We want to see how first-time parents respond to everyday challenges and rewards of this major life transition.”

Ms George said new parents faced issues such as breastfeeding, balancing work and parenthood with social lives and managing sleep.

“We are also interested in getting parents’ perspective about what support they need and where they get it, so we can help them get that support in future,” she said.

Ms McCaigue reached out to the hospital where she gave birth because she had trouble breastfeeding.

She said, in her case, that support was readily available but for many others it could be a different story.

Ms McCaigue said she hoped taking part in the study would help her learn how others dealt with issues facing new parents.

“It can be really scary and you never know what to expect. It will be good to see what other people’s experiences are.”

The Telethon Kids Institute is recruiting up to 20 first-time parents for the study. More at the institute’s Facebook page. Results of the research should be published this year.