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Dad’s Guidelines for Survival

by Maxine
Posted August 4 2011 12:32pm
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While the first few weeks with your new baby may be a rollercoaster of emotions and responsibilities, Dad, the following are some proven ways that can help you cope.

  • Consider taking parental leave from work.
  • Accept or seek help from family members and friends.
  • Share your needs, fears, desires and feelings about the birth of your baby with Mom.
  • Discourage visitors politely, if any of you are too tired.
  • Guard against unhelpful or unwanted advice
  • Make time with Mom to strengthen your relationship.
  • Be sensitive to Mom's physical and emotional needs.
  • Help with the household chores—keep an inventory. 
  • Nourish Mom if she’s nursing—bring her snacks and drinks.
  • Make sure Mom takes time for herself (that is, offer to take the baby for a walk while she takes a bath).
  • Make some time for yourself.


Are you a dad? What tips can you add to our list? How did you survive the first few weeks with your new baby? Leave a comment below and let us know!

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