10 Tips for New Dads
Let me just say, that these are tips based on my own experiences as a new Dad. They won’t work for everyone, but hey might work for you.
If you’re also a Dad, then please add your tips, tricks, and valuable advice in the comments below. I’ve got a lot to learn!
- Bring a pillow to the hospital. If you’re staying overnight, the nurses only look after the Mum.
- You’re going to see and smell terrible, terrible things. The first few baby poos are like tar (I’ve heard Vaseline helps).
- Sleep when your baby sleeps – or try to nap between making sure your baby is still breathing.
- Everyone, I mean every single person will ask – how old is she/he? And What’s his/her name? Just smile and answer them.
- Old people and strangers will try and touch your precious new, and temporarily clean baby. Feel free to politely decline. “Oh she’s a bit I’ll, best not to give you anything.”
- After 4 months, look up ‘Sleep Training’ and get through 3 days. It’ll change your world.
- Look after yourself. Lift weights to train for holding an increasingly heavy human for long periods.
- Take turns. You’re in this together, so while she sleeps, you’re up. That includes through the night.
- As soon as you’re able to leave the baby for a few hours with someone you trust, go on a short date. Even just for a coffee with your partner.
- Get a tough phone case. Your baby will want to play with it, bite it, drop it and smash it.
Bonus: 11. The baby will cry and scream in public, especially on the bus, train or plane. Most parents will sympathise and be fine with it. Don’t spare a thought for anyone who isn’t. They’ll get over it shortly after your baby does.