I spend a lot of time with expectant mums. I love it. The excitement, the plans, the preparation. The anticipation. It’s a very special time in a woman’s life.
But lately I’ve been thinking about the Dads. Don’t they deserve a look in? Well of course they do! In an effort to balance the books this post is about the dads-to-be, who are just as excited, just as nervous, just as smitten when their little bundle arrives. So let’s make sure they’re involved and prepared for their brand new life with a baby in tow.
Photo from a gorgeous collection at Onesies & Co
Tip #1 From the beginning, as your baby belly grows encourage your partner to feel the baby move and talk to your belly.
Tip #2 Go to as many ultrasounds and appointments together so dad gets to hear about the amazing development of your baby.
Tip #3 Communicate as much as you can about your plans for the birth so your partner feels confident, knows your expectations and can support you and advocate for you if you need it.
Tip #4 Send him to the pub. Yes really! There’s a great parenting preparation course for Dads called Beer + Bubs that operates all over Australia. Over a pot and a parma Dads learn how to support their partners through childbirth. Genius.
Tip #5 When the baby arrives encourage your partner to get hands on with the bathing, changing, soothing and settling of the baby. Sometimes new mums feel as though they have do do everything when it comes to baby . BIG mistake ladies. Ensuring Dad feels confident and capable around your new baby is essential. You CANNOT do everything and at some stage you’re going to want and need a break.
Tip #6 When you’re ready to get out and about Dads are great at babywearing! Find a carrier that fits them comfortably and they’ll love the feeling of being close to their little one. All the ooh-ing and aahh-ing of the general public seeing a bloke carrying his baby helps too. (Just love this sweet pic of Brad Pitt carrying baby Knox below.)
Check out The Baby Consultant Pinterest Board for some cute, funny and sweet ideas just for Dads.
Like to get your baby daddy ready to rock fatherhood by buying a few bits and pieces? Thought so… here’s a couple of cool Daddy bags so they’ll always have everything they need (and not have to carry your baby bag!)
And last of all, if you have any concerns about yourself or your partner during this very new and sometimes challenging phase in your life Beyond Blue has some amazing resources. In particular there’s this great handbook that includes tips and helpful advice for making the transition to parent.
How is your partner adjusting to the role of expectant or brand new dad?