So there are tons of tips that Fathers will have if you are going to become a new Dad. I have decided to ask many of the Dad and Mom bloggers out there for their top tips for Dads! Here they are in order of the response that I received back!
(This post will be updated as I get more tips from all of the Dads and Moms out there!)
1. To calm a baby down when he’s crying, sling him over your shoulder and walk around. This “sack of rice” method worked wonders for my two kids.
2. When you see random toys for sale at the bargain bin (like 99 cent cars), buy a dozen or so and keep them in the glove compartment, your work bag, etc. Nothing like the distraction of a shiny new object when tantrums occur in inconvenient places like the bank or a nice restaurant. I used this trick when I flew with my then 2-year old son across the world. I gave him a new car every few hours. Best 10 bucks I ever spent
3. Tolerate a little bad to get the good. What I mean is, if you have to throw a mess of cheese (bad) on broccoli (good) so your kid eats some, then so be it. Better to get the good stuff in than keep the bad stuff out.
4. Laugh. It’s never as bad as you think.
5. Netflix. I discovered my favorite show Dexter when my daughter was born because she’d keep me up all night. Watching an entire series in two nights makes the sleepless nights more bearable.
- Jim www.busydadblog.com
1. Don’t expect sex from your wife a few weeks after she gives birth. Need a little more perspective than that? Imagine someone taking your nut sack and trying to separate each testicle and tuck each one behind your ears. Would you still want to get busy? I didn’t think so.
2. Invest in a good pair of ear plugs, because you’re gonna need them. And the number one reason you’re gonna need them is not because of incessant crying from your newborn. It’s to drown out the insults and exclamations of hate that will likely come from your wife’s mouth. And no, she really doesn’t think that you’re a complete and total asshat. She’s just overwhelmed, exhausted, and may I reiterate that either her cha-cha was nearly split in two or she had her stomach muscles sliced open while delivering your kid. Suck it up and take it like a man.
- Mary www.mommyologist.com
1. Coffee is a MUST. I don’t care if you don’t like coffee now. Grow some and buy a ton of coffee because it is liquid gold for both you and the mother! Want to save some cash too? Learn to drink coffee black. Everything is the best in it’s purest form, right?
2. Learn to do everything that you do now, in about half the time and at times when you might not want to do them. Either you will need to give the baby 100% of your time and energy for a lot of the day, or the baby is asleep for nap time.
3. Sleep when the baby is asleep! I cannot stress this enough! My Wife has not perfected this yet. Sleep is a precious thing and when the baby is asleep, that’s your signal that you should be asleep too.
4. To go along with what Jim said about Netflix, it is a great tool for the baby too! I know not many movies are on there for adults but there are TONS of kids shows. I couldn’t believe how many episodes of Sesame Street were on there. Spend the $8/month. It’s worth it.
- Craig www.daddysbroke.com
That’s it everyone! Sorry I couldn’t bring you more tips from other bloggers out there. The other bloggers that I emailed probably thought I was spam or such a newbie on the block, that they didn’t want to waste the time. If I get any more tips from them in my email, I will update this post as I get them.
Don’t be afraid to e-mail me with questions that you have when it comes to being a new Dad. If you have question about being a new Mom, go ahead and ask my wife at www.chillmommy.com She will help you out greatly!
Have a great day everyone!