Tips For Expecting/New Dads
TIPS FOR EXPECTING DADS
Fathers have an important role to play, of course after the baby is born, but during pregnancy as well.
Dads who play an active role during pregnancy lowers moms’ stress levels. And lower stress means a healthier environment for your growing baby. Dads who are involved during pregnancy are more likely to remain involved once the baby is born—with great results. Kids with dads who are involved in their upbringing tend to do better socially, emotionally, and academically, and are more confident beings.
So here are some tips for all the Expecting Dads-
1) Talk, read, and sing to your baby-to-be.
Babies can hear during the second trimester of pregnancy, and recognize voices in the third trimester—including yours!
2)Attend doctor’s visits as much as you can.
During Ob/Gyn checkups, you will be able to see your baby’s growth and development—including his heartbeat. These opportunities to track your baby’s development help you both begin to feel connected to your little one even before his birth day.
3)Try a class for expectant parents.
Classes will help you prep for parenting (diaper changing, feeding, keeping baby healthy and safe), as well as cover strategies for how to co-parent with Mom.
4) Support healthy habits.
Your encouragement helps mom eat the right foods and avoid smoking and drinking during pregnancy. For example, research shows that your support makes it easier for Mom to begin and continue breastfeeding.
5) Be there for labor and delivery.
Both moms and dads naturally worry about the labor and delivery process. According to me, having your partner in the delivery room surely reduces anxiety and pain. And for dad's too, meeting their baby right after birth is an experience that changes them forever—and helps them bond with their babies.
Just like we say that Motherhood is a lifetime job, Fatherhood is too. A dad's responsibility doesn't end with the birth of the baby.
Share responsibility for the baby- New dads can do almost everything new moms can do: Change diapers, give baths, share stories, and take your turn walking and soothing when the baby is crying. Sharing these responsibilities right from the start gives you a chance to get to know your baby and builds a strong foundation for your relationship with them.
Pay attention to your baby’s cues- Over time, babies develop their own ways of telling you want they need—through a particular cry, look, or movement. By spending time caring for and playing with your baby, you’ll start to decode their cues.
Would love to know how your partner made your pregnancy journey easier! Comment down below your stories.