While there is a steep learning curve for new and expecting Dads, there is no need and also no way to fully anticipate everything that comes with becoming a parent. The best thing to do is to focus on enjoying the adventure, and keeping a strong bond with the new Mama, or Mama to be. It is also a great idea to sift through the excess of information and available baby items, and focus on the essentials. Read on for some helpful tips about what those essentials are, and how to choose the best ones for your growing family.
When baby is first born, he or she lacks the neck strength needed to hold up the head. Therefore, the new baby’s head must be supported at all times. Babies also love to be held and cuddled. This close contact is great for both parents and baby. Using a baby carrier allows you to keep baby close, while also keeping your hands free. Baby carriers come in a wide variety of styles and colors. Some are designed to be able to be used as a front, or a back carrier only, while others can function either way. When you are choosing a baby carrier, be sure to choose one that easily adapts to various sizes and builds of people, so that both parents can comfortable keep baby close.
Definitely test-drive some strollers in the store. Even if your wife is going to be the one pushing baby in the stroller most often, you still need to be able to push the stroller too. You need to stand beside various models and find one that you can push without bending over. Since car seats are another essential item, it is a smart idea to choose a stroller and car seat combination. This allows you to have one system for both, rather than a separate stroller, and car seat to haul around. As you examine various stroller models, test out how easy they are to collapse, and how easily they navigate turns. Also keep weight in mind, as this is an item that will be taken various places and most likely placed in and out of your vehicle frequently.
Babies have their own sleep schedules, and most likely yours will be disrupted for a while. Using a swaddler is a wonderful way to soothe your baby and increase the chances of peaceful periods of sleep for everyone in the house. The swaddlers with Velcro are simple to use, and also machine washable.
A diaper bag is a must. Be sure that you and your partner choose one that you are both comfortable carrying around in public. This means find one that has an acceptable look and feel for both of you. Keep in mind that you will need to use it to hold wipes, diapers, onesies, and other small baby items.
Your little baby will capture your heart, and will also grow very fast! Catch those precious and fleeting moments in development so that you can treasure them forever. Choose a quality camera that is easily transportable. You will always be glad that you did.
In addition to items that you can buy, remember to add in some strong support for Mama, as well as some courage and humor. Being a father is an honor, a responsibility, and a joy. Don’t worry if you feel like you don’t know it all. Prepare for the essentials, and keep an open mind so that you can continue learning and adapting as you go.