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New daddy’s new duties

  • Being a dad isn’t a child’s play. Trust us, your life will get upside down. This new addition to your family will even make you go crazy, but just for a few weeks. Becoming a father changes a man’s life completely. Don’t get scared. Being a father is the most wonderful feeling a man can ever experience. Bringing a tiny person in your life and taking care of him, seeing him grow is life’s best moments. But at the same time, it is essential for you to be prepared for this new role.

    Get ready to spend sleepless nights: Once you step into the shoes of new daddy, the primary change that comes into your life is the sleepless nights. A newborn baby sleeps all day and all night, but 1 to 2 hours at a time. That means you will have to get up every time the baby wakes up. Furthermore, midnight diaper changing, and playing with the baby at 12 AM to soothe him when crying will become your part-time job. But all this will be temporary, until your baby gets 3 months old and starts taking 5 to 6 hours sleep at a time.

    Be your partner’s Support system: Giving birth to a child is physically as well as emotionally stressful for a woman. It is your duty to be there as her support system. Work as a team. Help her out with household chores such as grocery shopping, laundry, dinner preparations etc. Be patient with her. Give her hugs and kisses regularly to appreciate her. Let her know you love her and be there for her always.

    Share the responsibilities: Parenting is a full-time job. So, make sure you do your part. Take an active participation in bathing and feeding baby, changing his/her diapers, putting him/her to sleep or even sing her/him a song. Keep a check on your working hours and if possible restrict it. Take out some time for baby. This may give your partner a break to relax. Use this chance to bond with your tiny tot. And, you will discover the joy in fatherhood.

    Sex would be the last thing in the mind: Your partner has gone through the delivery process and medically advised to stay away from sex for around 4 to 6 weeks. Apart from this, the physical changes she has gone through during and after pregnancy may restrict her emotional capacity for sex. But you can always cuddle her. This is the right time to deepen your relationship with your partner. Also the addition of the new member in your family will keep your partner so busy that you would hardly get any time to spend with her.

    Fatherhood will definitely be the best change you experience in your life. A baby will teach you the true meaning of unconditional love. Whether you are an expectant father or a new daddy, your life might have already changed to some extent. Relax and take your time to adjust to the new changes and responsibilities. And, soon you will start enjoying being a father.

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