While most mothers-to-be are well prepared for motherhood before the baby’s arrival, it could be a nerve-racking time for the fathers-to-be. On the occasion of Father’s Day, Bhavya Sharma, from Urbanclap.com, shares some tips on how men can prepare themselves from fatherhood before and after the arrival of the newest family member.
1. Be handy around the house
An infant in the house means changing your routine as well as your home set-up. Babies are delicate and curious about new sights and sounds, so it is important to baby-proof your house. Hire professional carpentry or interior services to figure out how you can protect against awkward, sharp furniture edges and create a happy, fun zone for your little bub to grow up in.
2. Get a handle on finances
A new baby means factoring in expenses for a whole new person. Between hospital costs and baby stuff – there is a ton of stuff to keep in mind. So plan your finances well before the baby comes in and budget for everything you and your partner could possibly need before your little one.
3. Do your reading
Pregnancy, birthing, breastfeeding, infant care – parenthood is a brand new world that you are going to have to face and it is important you are well prepared and are supporting your partner every step of the way. Thanks to Google and a whole bunch of parenting books and magazines, you have enough resources at your service to research and gear up for being a great Dad. So start studying!
4. Childbirth and baby care classes
These days, hospitals offer special classes for first time parents to help them cope with the challenges of parenthood. From simple yoga and breathing techniques that can help during labour to more detailed sessions on how to look after your infant – there’s plenty you can learn from the experts. Don’t hesitate to ask questions, no matter how silly you think they sound. Enroll for couple sessions and learn the ropes of parenthood before the baby arrives and inflicts sleepless nights on the both of you.
5. Bond with the bump
While mommy-to-be spends every single second of the pregnancy with the baby, it is important a father-to-be also spend some quality time with the bump. Talk to the baby through the belly, feel the kicks and don’t forget to pamper your partner.