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When Baby Comes Home, Tips For New Dad's

Updated on August 29, 2014

Baby's Coming Home!

Daddy Has a lot of work to do before baby and mommy come home from hospital.
Daddy Has a lot of work to do before baby and mommy come home from hospital. | Source

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

Baby sleeps a lot during the first few months of life, contrary to popular belief mommy and daddy do get time to themselves.
Baby sleeps a lot during the first few months of life, contrary to popular belief mommy and daddy do get time to themselves. | Source

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.

Daddy's Boy


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.


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    • Hollie Thomas profile image

      Hollie Thomas 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      What a lovely hub, and beautiful baby too!

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      Lightshare 5 years ago

      Nice article Jimmy -)

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      Penelope Hart 5 years ago from Rome, Italy

      Oh, it is so tender and so daddy...and you sound as though you do a beautiful job. It's great to share this information with other dad's and good for mommies to know how different your roles are - but equally important. Loved your Hub and voting.

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      pals002 5 years ago

      Thanks for this great hub. It reminds me of that great feeling when my 1st baby boy was born 10 months ago. Indeed the new dad should help out as much as possible as your partner recuperate from her labour. You have to be at her side too to provide emotional support as she can easily get into postpartnum depression.

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      Joana e Bruno 5 years ago from Algarve, Portugal

      Hi, Jimmy, very interesting to hear the dad's point of view, I actually never thought much of my husband view on things, when our twins were born... Truth be told I wasn't thinking much at all, as I was so exhausted, but it's very interesting to hear the other side. Voted up and interesting and sharing for all the new dads out there. All the best for you and your family!

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      Pete Fanning 5 years ago from Virginia

      Great tips here jimmy, we're just entering the 2nd trimester so I will keep this hub in mind!

      Voted up, awesome and useful!

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      Jeff Gamble 5 years ago from Denton, Texas

      Great hub Jimmy - I vividly remember the birth of my first (10 years ago) and all the insanity that followed. We finally stopped at 4, and each birth was a little bit different, but the late nights, bottle cleaning and breast pad buying always followed!

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      yeagerinvestments 5 years ago from Wisconsin

      Great hub! My son was born 10 months ago and it was nothing less than pure chaos. Rest is so crucial for both parents, but it's the father's responsibility to be the gate keeper being mentally alert is important.

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      Susan Zutautas 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      My husband tends to leave everything to the last minute. He was thankful that 24 years ago the hospitals still kept mother and baby or babies in my case in for up to a week after delivery. The day I was to come home from the hospital he was busy wall papering the nursery and putting together 2 cribs before picking us up.

      Jimmy this was a really nice hub to read and I had to laugh at your Man up comment. My husband always says that to my sons.

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      I had to laugh at your gory story remark. My husband use to get up for the night feeding that was when he had his time alone with baby. Back than bottles had to be cleaned and put into a bottle sterilizers. Formula had to be made up, they might need corn syrup put in them or whatever added ingredient the doctor wanted you to use. He always did all of that and it really helped me. He had plenty of time to get ready for baby and me to get home we usually stayed five days.

      Really enjoyed your hub and all the information for keeping mom and baby happy. Voted up and more.