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Dadhood 101—Top 7 Tips for New Dads to Navigate Their New Role

Dadhood 101—Top 7 Tips for New Dads to Navigate Their New Role

First of all, congrats, dad! You’ve officially assumed one of the most rewarding, bewildering roles in your life, and you’re about to shape the existence of another little earthling. Your new title of "dad" comes with so many different responsibilities, it can be overwhelming to embrace this new parenting role without a hitch. Sure, hitches, glitches, and errors are all a normal part of being a dad, but it’s also good to know what to expect and how you can brace yourself for being a parent. Here are a few tips to help you adjust to your new role and enjoy it with all your heart.

Find time for hands-on bonding

Studies have confirmed the importance of skin-to-skin contact with your baby. Much like your newborn benefits from feeling her mother’s chest immediately after birth, you—as a dad—should aim to provide as much physical contact as possible with your her from day one. It's an essential, biological way to connect with your child, bond properly, and find a comfortable routine. 

Learn the routine

Truth be told, every baby has a different routine, but your doctor will help you understand those essential needs—how often you need to feed, bathe, change her, along with other basics. All of these details will help you create a daily routine with your partner and divide your responsibilities fairly so that you can both get enough rest, restore your energy, and enjoy your new baby.

Sing, read and talk to your bundle

In addition to holding your little one, there are other ways to connect and bond with your baby. For starters, you can read bedtime stories, spend time talking to your child, and even sing and play an instrument if you have such skills—it’s all for the purpose of introducing diversity into your routine and bonding. 

Time for a college fund

In the US, student loans have become one of the major causes of debt later in life, preventing young people from purchasing homes and growing their independence. To put it in perspective, Americans have accrued $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. This is a lesson parents from all over the globe can pick up—you can start saving as soon as possible to invest in your child’s education later in life. 

No matter where you live, it's the right time to start planning for a college fund. Look into your state's 529 plans, and talk to a money manager. 

Protect your family's wellbeing

As a dad, it's important to take precautions to ensure the future security of your family. We never want to think about something terrible happening to ourselves or our partner, but being prepared can help with peace of mind. By obtaining life insurance, you'll protect the future financial health of your family.

Find time for self-care

Even though you’re not breastfeeding and you haven’t given birth to your child, it goes without saying that being a dad is a source of bliss as well as a challenge. Being sleep-deprived, managing household chores, and learning the baby’s routine is all very strenuous—but still no excuse to neglect your own health and wellbeing. 

As soon as you can, try to reintroduce a few workouts per week, and manage your stress with meditation and other techniques to improve your quality of life while you support your partner.

Invest in your relationship

As soon as the baby comes, you and your partner will likely devote every ounce of energy towards caring for your newest family member, which is only natural. That, however, can cause stress in your own marriage or relationship, lead to conflicts, lack of connection, and breakdowns in emotional support. Do your best to prevent such a scenario by investing time and energy into connecting with your partner on an intimate and emotional level. 

There’s a sea of useful tips for dads out there, and they’ll all come in handy at one time or another—from instilling the right values in your kids, all the way to mastering the art of diaper-changing. Take things one day at a time, and try to savor every minute of growing into your new dadhood role. 

Mia Taylor is  33 year old blogger who writes about beauty, fashion and travel. She had always been passionate about fashion and over time she had developed a style of her own.  Mia loves to mix and match and get inspire girls with her advice about outfit and accessories. She loves telling a story about her travels, providing beauty tips with readers.

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