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being a good dad to a newborn
Being a good dad to a newborn: Babies do not come out of the womb equipped with a guide for new dads. They can turn your entire world upside-down. For a mom, the first five years of a baby’s life can be very disorienting. Routines can become difficult to establish as things change constantly. You start to wonder if your life will ever be the same again. A little help from others who have been there can make it easier to survive the first time dad life. Being a good father to a newborn means working to establish routines and dealing with safety concerns, sleep schedules, nutrition, and nutritional requirements.
This is not as difficult as it sounds. However, it takes effort, strategy, and some context to navigate. Here are some survival tips for dads.
A schedule is a great idea for dads to start setting up long before their baby arrives. An organized schedule that is baby-led can make the difference between a child who sleeps well and one that is difficult to manage. Parents can’t force a schedule on their child and hope it sticks. Waiting for your child to establish their own routine in terms of sleep, eating, alertness, and sleeping is the trick. They will usually have something in place by the 3-month mark. They’ll then abruptly change their mind a month later. This is normal and acceptable. Parents should follow their child’s lead and stick to the schedule that the kid has set.