Many men are daunted by the prospect of becoming a dad to a new person who is about to be born into the world. The child is going to be depending on you for everything for at least the next 18 years. At least mom-to-be had time during pregnancy to bond, but you have no idea what you need to be doing to ensure that once the baby is finally born, you are doing the best for them. Here are some suggestions for what you do to take the strain out of being a father of a new born baby.
- Start to influence your baby now, when they are still in moms tummy. There are many things that you can do; talk to them, sing to them, read to them, play them an instrument anything really, so long as you are communicating with them. There is evidence that this works your baby can hear you and when they are born, you will not be a complete stranger to them because they already know your voice. For you, you are simply getting your brain to register that there will be a baby arriving soon who needs you to love and care for them.
- Get information. There are plenty of books out there for new dads an you can get two or three that are good to help you prepare. Be careful of overdoing though there is such a thing as too much information. Read with your partner so that you are always both on the same page.
- You should be involved with your partner, making it easy for her. If she is happy, chances are that she will have a happy baby, and happy babies are easy to take care of. Help around with the chores, do errands, cook for her and run her bath.
- Do the shopping. You will be required to help with your baby once he/she is born, so it makes sense that you help with buying things that you will be using. Once the baby is born, the items will not be unfamiliar and you will have an easier time.
- Talk to other fathers, especially those who have made a success of fathering. They had the same fears that you do, but they overcame them. Find out how they did it. This is important because it tells you that you are just like all other new fathers its scary but it works.
As a new father, you dont have to be perfect. Just be there thats half your job done, and you learn the other half as you go along.
About the Author:
This guest post was brought to you by Jack. Jack has personally experienced the emotions surrounding the event of becoming a father and has written articles sharing his experiences. Many of his articles can be found on babyseats.com.au