Preparing to Become a First Time Dad

Typically here on the blog, most things are directed towards women, right? I guess the main reason for that is that I AM a woman, so I know that world well! Don’t get me wrong, there are lots of posts on various DIY projects that many a guy would appreciate, but I don’t know that I’ve ever spoken directly to men. SO. Here it comes! Are you ready?!

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Getting ready for the arrival of your first baby is equal parts exciting and overwhelming. Between all of the preparations, thoughts of sleepless nights and overwhelming joy of being able to meet your baby, it’s enough to make anyone feel a little dizzy. As a first time dad, there are a few things you can do to properly prepare for the arrival of your bundle of joy. Check out these top tips for new dads!

Do Some Research

How many diapers do you need and in what size? What’s the right way to put the car seat in the car? What’s the right temperature to heat a bottle to for your baby? These are all normal questions to have, and taking initiative and conducting some research will not only give you some peace of mind, but it will help you to be as prepared for your baby as you possibly can. 

Once you’ve done your research, put it into action. Buy the diapers. Put the car seat in the car. Create a cheat sheet for yourself and your wife for when you’re prepping those midnight bottles. You will thank yourself later, and in addition to that, it’s a great way to score some points with the mom-to-be!

Stock Up

There are so many things that you need for your little one, and making sure you’re well stocked before they arrive will provide a tremendous amount of peace of mind. In addition to those diapers we just mentioned, be sure to get a good amount of baby wipes, bottles and formula if necessary, and plenty of baby clothes.

You will also want to be sure to have some of those larger items ready to go- make sure the nursery furniture is all put together. Put batteries in the baby swing and white noise machine. Make sure you have a baby carrier all set – this men’s baby carrier is a great option.

Be Involved

Be as involved with the pregnancy as you can. When possible, accompany your partner to her doctor’s appointments. If you find her frantically organizing a closet (hello, nesting) offer to help. Look for little things that you can do around the house to alleviate some of her stress. Taking out the trash or offering to make or pick up dinner are small acts that can go a long way in helping her to feel less overwhelmed and more capable of making it through the pregnancy. Ask her what you can do to help her out.

Be Her Advocate

Birth brings with it a lot of decisions that need to be made. Talk with your partner ahead of time about what your plan is for the birth, visits from family and friends, what kind of celebrations you want to have once the baby is born, breastfeeding vs. bottle feeding, and other baby-related choices. Making the choices together is sure to bring the two of you together.

Once the choices have been made, be her advocate and stand up for those decisions. When the doctor asks what the birth plan is, be a part of the conversation. Understand that people will want to come and see your baby, but stay firm to whatever plan you came to together in terms of visitors and celebrations. Hold her hand as she starts breastfeeding.

Stay Patient

Pregnancy can be a tricky business. Between the aches and pains, major body transitions and general stress, your partner will find herself in need of some patience. Do your best to remain understanding as you take on the adventure of pregnancy together and listen to her when she’s worried about something. Rub her feet. Understand that your lives are going to be forever changed once this baby comes, and while that is very exciting, it can also be very overwhelming. A little patience will go a long way!

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