New Dad Basics
We asked some of the new dads here at NFI for their advice. Check out how these dads are adjusting to their new role and get their advice for new dads:
Know That it is Normal to Have Fears. Most first-time parents will tell you that they do not feel ready for this new direction in their lives. And honestly, no one is ever 100% ready. (Pssst, mom may be feeling the same way, too!)
Get On-the-Job Training. Feed your baby with a bottle or get up at night and bring your baby to mom to feed. Bathe your baby, change diapers, rock and soothe, and/or sing to your baby. These activities will help you connect physically and emotionally with your child.
Ask Questions and Do Research. Don’t be afraid to ask! Take advantage of help available through your spouse, friends, family, doctors, nurses, other experienced dads, etc.
Be a Team. The more you work as a team with mom, the more you will be able to experience the precious little moments with your child. Not to mention, sharing the load might help with getting some extra sleep!
Enjoy the Moment. Time flies by when you have a child. Be sure to take every opportunity to cherish time spent with your baby. It is important to spend some time every day (apart from TV, Internet, work, outside commitments, etc…) with your baby.