Take an active role in the birthing process
Some dads can feel helpless during the delivery process, so it’s recommended that dads get involved! Dad’s can play the coaching role by taking birthing classes and helping their partner develop a birth plan. Birth classes can also help dads to know what to expect during the labor process, as well as the first few days after the baby is born.
Becoming a father is not the end to your social life
Having a baby does not mean an end to your social life. It might take a little more effort to plan time with friends, but definitely possible. What many dads discover is that, though their life will never be the same after having a child, their life has taken on new meaning.
Practice in preparation for caring for your baby
Caring for the baby is usually seen as a female role. However, your ability to care for a child improves with practice. If you have a friend or relative who has a baby, and have him/her show you how to pick up the baby, put the baby down, change his/her diaper, and give the baby a bottle. The more you perform these tasks, the more comfortable you will be in caring for your child.
Work on the relationship with your partner
Having a new baby in the picture can be very stressful and will dramatically change your relationship with your partner. The best way to work on your relationship is to schedule time for yourselves. Set aside time when the two of you can talk and be intimate, with the fewest amount of distractions.
Get your finances in order
One of the biggest concerns for new dads is figuring out how they will pay for a new baby. The cost of having a baby can be difficult to manage, but the best way to handle the new expenses is to make a budget that figures in the cost of diapers, food, child care, etc. Additionally, every new parent should consider getting life insurance, in case you are suddenly not there to care for your child.
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Compiled using information from the following source:
“Five Common Fears About Fatherhood”, Mama You (Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy), AMA March of Dimes. (2005).