24 May How to Prepare for the Birth of Your Child as a Father
Whilst fatherhood is not rocket science, it is not always straightforward either. Here are the tips you will need to get ahead of the game of being a good Father:
- Attend prenatal appointments together – be prepared and ask questions.
- Practice fear release exercises – write down what worries you and make a plan to conquer that fear
- Cry it out – Men do need to cry – find a quiet corner and mourn the end of one type of life and then prepare to move on to the new one ahead
- Hold a baby – don’t wait until you have your own baby to hold one – you will be scared of breaking him
- Practice your childbirth preparation – breathing techniques are going to be rough if you are only doing it for the first time in labour
- Create your partner’s birth plan together with her
- Pack your bag – labour may be a long process so have a few essentials at hand
- Pamper yourself – do something that helps you unwind. Watch a movie you enjoy, allow yourself an hour of uninterrupted reading time, go visit a friend. But be sure to return the favour to your other half. Allow her to do the same whilst you watch your baby.
- Know it could all go sideways – be ready for changes to the plan and don’t freak out
- Have everything ready for your baby at home – car seat, a good supply of nappies and wipes and some frozen meals
- Accept that to worry is normal – speak to others who have been through this for moral support
- Make a support network of other dads who all understand what you are feeling.
Above all cherish every moment – your baby is small for such a short time and before you know it he will be heading off to school!