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When Baby Comes Home, Tips For New Dad's
Baby's Coming Home!
New Dad and Baby
The experience of childbirth is exhausting even for the new daddy, the range of emotions from anxiety and worry all throughout the labor, to the complete euphoria of the actual birth of your baby really takes its toll on you and that is just the beginning.
Your new role as a dad has begun and your first job is to inform your family of the wonderful news, it is at this point in time, where you hope that you listened in the labor ward because you will get all sorts of questions fired at you, what time? What weight? How is mommy? Of course, it helps if you remember whether baby is a boy or a girl too.
If you really cannot be bothered with all of that over and over again the best way to spread the news is to phone a relative whom you know will spread the word within minutes of your call, leaving you free to get on with other things.
Welcome Home Baby
Getting Ready for Baby
After the exhaustion of labor and childbirth, the first thing you should try to do when you get home from the hospital is get some rest. You will be no use what so ever to mother or baby when they get home if you can hardly keep your eyes opened; even an hour or two of sleep can set you up for the rest of the day.
Your new family could be home within 12 hours after the birth dependant on how mother and baby came through the birthing process.
As a new dad, your job is to make sure that everything is ready for when mommy and baby come home from hospital. From ensuring that you have plenty of diapers for baby’s first few days to ensuring that everything in the nursery is finished properly and safely for baby.
Of course you need to be sure that you have prepared for mommy's needs too after giving birth to your child, your partner will need some feminine hygiene products, make sure you have plenty sanitary towels and breast pads to keep her going for a few days.
It may be slightly embarrassing for you to go out and buy such products but if it is then you need to get a grip and man up, leaking body fluids is natural especially after a woman has just given birth.
If you are unsure of what your partner will require do not be afraid to ask a store assistant, they are there to help you after all.
Finally, before mommy and baby come home you have to be sure that the house is in a suitable condition for them to come home to. Housework needs to be done, cleaning, dusting, vacuuming, washing, scrubbing and all of the jobs that need done around the home. Maybe you already help around the home but this is your chance to shine and gain some extra Brownie points.
All you need to do now is to install the baby car seat, ensure that you have enough fuel and go to the hospital and pick them up.
Daddy and Baby Bonding
Daddy, Mommy and Baby Together
It is a wonderful feeling when you, mommy and baby are all home together for the first time as a family.
For the first few days of mommy and baby being home dad has an important role to play around the home, mom is tired from the trauma of giving birth and her body is going through hormonal and physical changes trying to get back to the way it was before she got pregnant.
Although she is physically able and probably willing to help, the more that you do to help with the chores around the home the more it will help her to recover.
Dad Bonding with Baby
Helping with the baby is a must too, changing diapers is a lot easier that you may think especially if you are using disposables like Pampers or Huggies, just remember to put on plenty of cream to prevent diaper rash.
Even if mommy is breast feeding let her sleep through the night for the first week or so after baby gets home, let her express some milk into bottles for night time feeds, feeding baby is the best bonding method known.
What about Daddy?
It is natural that you will get many visitors soon after baby gets home from hospital, family and friends all here to welcome the new addition to your family, I hope that your tea and coffee making skills are up to it because you will be doing a lot of that.
When the visitors come, daddy is not really a part of the equation, they go all goo-goo eyed over baby and then get into a discussion with mommy about how her labor was, they will ask how baby is doing and how mother is coping with not a word about how daddy is or how he is coping.
The best thing to do is just blend into the background, keep the kettle warm, let them get on with it and don't worry about not being included, do you really want to hear the whole gory story of your partners labor over and over again anyway?
Being there for your partner and your baby is really what matters, it brings you closer as a family and adds to the trust and love in your relationship giving you and your family a solid start in your new life together.
Daddy and Childbirth
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