10 Parenting Guides for New Dads
Parenting guides are also important. As far as kids are concerned, a good dad is one who can satisfy their needs. A good dad changes a crying baby's diaper and plays with them when they are bored. Here are 10 parenting guides you need to know in order to be a good dad.
10 Parenting Guides or Rules to Follow
Rule 1: Take some time to familiarize yourself with parenting know-how
Read books about parenting or spend some time browsing parenting websites.
The first step to parenting is having an idea of how children grow and develop.
Mom is taking care of your child every day, so it's easy for her to witness all of the changes her child is going through. Dad, on the other hand, only has the short time after work to look after his child, so it's important that he spend a little extra time learning the ins and outs of parenting.
Equipping yourself with this knowledge will allow you to spend the short time with your child after work or on weekends to the fullest.
Rule 2: Try your best to stop going to evening business parties
The key to loving your wife and child is to see parenting as a cooperative effort. In double income families, it makes little sense for a mom to exhaust herself at work only to come home and take full responsibility for childcare. Parenting is a shared duty, not just Mom's, so you need to work together. Therefore, you should stop going to business parties after work so frequently. Increase your family time. Even if your wife doesn't have a job, when you get home from work, you will find that your wife is exhausted from a day of housework.
Rule 3: Keep a parenting journal
Parenting journals aren't just for moms. It's even better when Mom and Dad keep a journal together. One way to do this is have Mom, who has been with the baby all day, recount the day's progress, while Dad writes it all down. A parenting journal isn't just a straight record of events, it is also a way for Dad to see what's going on in his child's life when he isn't around, thereby better understanding his child. It is like the pregnancy journal you had when your baby is still in the womb. In that way, the journal can serve a very important role in bringing you and your child closer together.
Rule 4: Make your own toys
Making toys for your child is much more significant than simply going out and buying toys for them. The toys you make for your child will help teach your child character. What's more is that the process of figuring out what your child wants and needs in a toy gives you another chance to learn something about your child.
Rule 5: Divide parenting tasks
After work and on weekends, whenever Dad is at home, he should make a point of dividing up parenting tasks. For example, Mom takes care of nursing and changing diapers, Dad takes care of playing with the child and washing the bottles. After a month, you can trade these tasks off. This allows for Dad to slowly become accustomed to parenting.
Rule 6: Help your wife with household chores
Reduce the stress placed on your wife by ensuring that she doesn't always have to take care of the child while also doing household chores. This reduces the share of work she has to do and the intensity of the work, which will in hand lower the chances of her losing her temper around you or the child.
Rule 7: Hold your child more often
When you hold your child, they may start crying because they don't recognize you. This is because they have already gotten very used to being held by Mom. When your child starts to cry, do not put them down immediately, try to hold them as long as you can. When your child cries, do what your wife does and gently rock him or her in your arms, or pace back and forth, making them more and more familiar with being in their father's arms.
Rule 8: Make your child laugh before you go to work
It is common for children under one year of age to start crying as soon as they wake up in the morning. If this habit is left unchecked, there is a chance that your child will continue to act this way as they grow older. When Mom is getting breakfast ready, Dad can play with the child for 5-10 minutes. This way, your child will start every day with a smile, which contributes positively to your child's character.
Rule 9: Play with your child
Playing with your child will help get rid of a lot of excess energy. On top of this, from the time your child learns to sit and their energy level increases, it will be a lot more work for you to play with them. In terms of physical activity, children under one year of age need to learn how to take risks and how to be self-confident. Playing also contributes to learning about the world around them, which is something that cannot be neglected. Therefore, it's best if Dad is responsible for games requiring a lot of physical activity.
Rule 10: You are also responsible for feeding your child
Crying in the middle of the night is a common occurrence for children under one year of age. As is wanting to eat as soon as the sun comes up. The hardest thing about children under one year is midnight nursing. Your wife, who is already exhausted by a day of chores and taking care of the child, could be woken up at any time during the night to nurse, making it hard to get a good night's sleep. If this goes on for long enough, the lack of sleep and the stresses of parenting could lead your wife to suffer from difficulties such as depression. Midnight nursing is the responsibility of both parents and should be done on an alternating schedule.
That’s it for the parenting guides that you can follow accordingly.