Are you planning to start a family? Or have you simply become one and are unsure how to deal with everything?
We’ve all been there. It’s a trip filled with both perplexity and frustration.
However, if you know what to expect and how to handle situations, it can be the most enjoyable and unforgettable experience of a man’s life.
Here are some parenting tips for you:
Preparing for Delivery
Yes, the woman is the one going into the labour room. But it is memorable for you to be with her when this is done. It gives you a chance to offer emotional support and at the same time, be among the first to see your baby come alive.
Schedule a tour of the labour room with your doctor. It makes you relate to the environment and smell of the room.
Get Involved from the Beginning
At least for the first week, a dad is expected to be with his wife, helping her with nappy changing and bathing. This will save you future frustration as you would have had some experience doing these things.
During the first few days, a baby’s stomach is very tiny. On Day 10, the size of the baby’s stomach is about an egg. You need to know this in case you will be bottle-feeding the child. Only a little feeding is required. If the child after feeding is fussy, try patting the back gently while bumping the baby.
They Need Sleep
Babies need about 16 to 20 hours of sleep in a day, at least for the first five months. During this period, they are active sleepers. So, it is not unusual for them to frequently wake up crying. You may want to leave them for a few minutes before rushing to pick them up. They are likely to sleep back when not disturbed.
Learn Your New Baby Cues
Babies can’t talk yet. They instead express their wants and needs using cues such as finger or body movements including facial expressions. They also make sounds. You need to pay close attention to all of these. If there is a strange cue you can’t read meaning to, ask your wife.