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…are only some of the ingredients but that’s not all of them.
Some days you’ll be a hit and on the others, you’ll miss. That’s okay.
On day one you’d be too scared to touch your baby’s ultra-soft skin and one day, you wouldn’t let go of your little human.
From baby talks to shushing noises, fatherhood changes a man. Like baldness. But better. Much better.
It’s not tough. It’s not easy. It’s about doing everything that’s right for your family with patience. And when you feel like you’re losing it, these tips will come in handy for new fathers.
1. Stock Up Aloe Vera & Coconut Oil
It doesn’t matter if your baby has a rash or not. Use pure aloe vera gel or cold-pressed coconut oil every time you change your baby’s nappy and your child won’t get one.
2. Keep Your Baby At An Angle
Whether you’re changing them, whether they’re sleeping, being held at an angle is good for their digestion.
Imagine if you ate all your meals until you’re full and immediately lied on your back. We bet you’ll feel a little uneasy too. The angling of the baby helps them digest resulting in less fussiness, less gas and less vomit.
Pro tip: Wear outfits made of organic and comfy fabrics. PJs and T-shirts are the best attire. It’ll be good for you and even better for your baby.
3. It Takes A Town To Feed The Baby
It’s true, no one can take care of a baby’s nutritional needs as well as a mother—be it through breast milk or formula. But a father can always help his partner with feeding.
While breastfeeding, dads can provide comfort by assisting with research, troubleshooting and lactation snacks. Pay extra attention to your partner in the beginning days.
When it’s time for the bottle game, fathers that take night shifts for feeding are real heroes.
Just make sure while approaching your baby you keep the lights dim and the interaction minimal. Before putting the baby down again, make them burp.
And do it all very quietly.
4. Schedule, Divide & Conquer
Are you a ‘going with the flow’ kind of a guy? Yeah, those days are over man. Babies are on schedule. So you too need to have a schedule for everything and stick to the timetable.
Assign tasks because you can’t do it all alone, neither can your partner. It’ll make things a lot easier.
5. Sleep Is Everything
A baby requires 16 to 20 hours of sleep per 24 hours for the first five months. But they don’t know the difference between night and day, as the cycle inside the womb was very different.
Parents need to teach them about the days that are bright and active and the nights that are dark and quiet.
Parents should also know that babies sleep on a fast-paced 20-minute cycle. They’re active sleepers. So when they make a noise every half-hour, you need to fight the urge to pick them up.
When they have trouble sleeping, swaying, jiggling or a quick car ride can calm them but long shushing noises will put them back to sleep as it is essentially white noise.
Baby’s crib should be warm and comfy, free of blankets, bumpers or toys.
6. Spend One On One Time With The Baby
…Bath time, a walk on the terrace or just playing with the toys together, some alone time with your baby is very important to establish a bond. These memories will become great stories in future. Like your mom has a lot of stories about you doing weird stuff.
7. Embrace Sex
The general rule is that you can start again after six weeks of delivery. But for some people, it takes longer to fully recover. Keep an open mind, stay in the mood and of course, stay awake.
If your partner doesn’t feel ready, give her more time. Take it slow. Be gentle. Choose romance over pleasure. And use lube.
Are You The Best Daddy Yet?
You can’t be a perfect parent but you can be a cool daddy, just take care of few more things.
Buy clothes with zippers instead of buttons. Always remember that you’re parenting your kid, not babysitting. Don’t ask, just do the work that is at hand.Click as many pictures as you can with and of your baby.And remember to take care of yourself.