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Top 5 Things to Do

Becoming a new dad is one of the biggest changes that will happen in a man’s life, and there is plenty of help and advice available for anyone who is willing to listen. Here are some things you should do to make the transition easier.

1. Communicate with your partner.

Express your fears and concerns about being a new father and listen to her fears and concerns. Letting things bottle up isn’t good for anyone.

2. Jump right in and get involved.

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and don’t let other people do the jobs you are supposed to be doing, like changing diapers and helping with the feeding.

3. Hold your baby.

Touching and loving your child will be overwhelming, and you shouldn’t be afraid to express your love. Not only does it give your wife a break, but allows you to create a bond with your newborn.

4. Support your wife or partner.

Be there for her and remember that she is going through a difficult time too. Tell her how much you love her, and help with the housework and taking care of the baby.

5. Take your time with your child.

Life goes by very fast and before you know it, that first week turns into a first month, which turns into a first year. Enjoy all the moments bonding with your baby. Capture him or her on film and keep a journal for your thoughts and emotions.

Posted: 10/3/07