New Dad Basics
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. But, you'll find that when you dive in and do the job, it won’t seem so difficult, and you’ll discover the joys of this great experience. (Pssst, mom may be feeling the same way, too!)
Get On-the-Job Training. Start immediately to be responsible for various aspects of caring for your baby – even if you’ve never done it before. Feed your baby with a bottle or get up at night and bring your baby to mom to feed. Other tasks you can easily handle are bathing your baby, changing diapers, rocking and soothing, and/or singing to your baby. These activities will not only help out your child's mother, but they will help you connect physically and emotionally with your child.
Ask Questions and Do Research. If you are worried about how to change a diaper or how to hold your child, don’t be afraid to ask! Take advantage of help available through your spouse, friends, family, doctors, nurses, other experienced dads, etc. Chances are, mom has read a lot in anticipation of the baby’s arrival. She’ll love to see you doing your homework as well!
Be a Team. Adjusting to life with a new baby in the house is rewarding. Look at it as an opportunity to grow closer with mom and to bond together as a family. The more you work as a team, 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.