In all honesty, the preparation for fatherhood can never be fully completed. But being a father is an incredible feeling that every man ought to experience in life.
You might be waiting for the day you will be a father, or could still be dealing with the shock of having finding out your partner is having a baby.
But either way, we have some tips for you to being a great father to your child(ren). Here are 10 ways of becoming a great father.
1. Begin Your Own Research
Even though you might not be the one having a child inside you, it does not mean you are not part of the pregnancy and birth experience.
Do some research on your own. Find out how to why and try to understand the morning sicknesses and the heartburn. There are plenty of books written by fathers and expectant fathers, read up.
When it is time for the baby to arrive, knowing how to care for the child and the mother in advance, makes the entire process a lot easier.
2. Stay Healthy
Before the baby arrives is the best time to work on your personal health. If you smoke and consume alcohol on regular basis, try to quit.
Increasing your partner to excess smoke during pregnancy creates high chances of congenital heart disease in newborns.
Do not forget to work on your eating habits. Eat well and eat healthy. Also form the habit of visiting a physician or doctor on regular basis.
3. Discuss Parenting With Your Partner (You Are A Team)
Constantly discuss with your partner about they type of parenting you both would want. How do you want the baby fed? How do you want the bay sleeping? If you both work, who would you love to carter for the baby? These are pretty much important questions that should be answered before the baby arrives.
4. Link Up With Other Good Dads
Not everybody has or had a good relationship with their father. So you would want to do better for your child(ren). If your dad was a good one, you could pick up from where he stopped.
If you were not opportuned to get a good father, learn from other dads. Make new friends who have been dads before you and get familiar with the challenges of being a better father. You could also find groups online, religious gatherings and even from the hospital.
5. Meet Appointments Whenever You Can
Following your partner for prenatal is one way to get psych about the pregnancy. It wold be great seeing your child on ultrasound and finding out the gender on time. This enables you know what to prepare for and expect.
You could also be presented with the opportunity of asking your own questions first hand.
6. Know And Embrace Your Place In The Preparations
During pregnancy, there are a lot of things to be get ready in place for the comfort of the baby and even the mother.
You could even create a bed space before birth, open an account, researching childcare, learn how to install the baby cot or car sit. Go back to the first step and make research about things you need.
7. Act As A Bouncer Or A Communicator When The Need Arises
It is very important that you decide swiftly on certain major things. Things like who you want to witness the birth or at what point would you want guest visiting the baby.
Even if family of friends question your decision, always learn to stand up for you and your partner. If you decide on the whole world coming to visit, it’s great. But if you do not want to place a limit guest, let them know on time.
8. Learn To Share Responsibilities
Sharing responsibilities during pregnancy is great, but do not let it end when the baby comes. Let that habit continually stay with you.
Your role in taking care of the baby is not underestimated or left out. Even though it is the mother’s duty to breastfeed, that is not the only way to care for a child. You could learn how to change diapers, bath the child, feed them or even wash baby clothes. The list goes on.
Both you, your partner and the baby needs enough sleep. Always find time to get some sleep whenever you can. While your partner is busy with the baby, take time to sleep and also ensure she sleeps while you are with the baby. It keeps you going.
10. Know That You Are As Important To The Baby As The Mother
Be rest assure that as the child grows old, there will be places where you might feel left out of his/her life. But note that you are also important to them.
Note that not always being at home with your child(ren) does not make you a bad father as long as you are trying to provide for your family.
Your presence in your child(ren)’s lives are never to underestimated so learn to always do your best to be a great and wonderful dad.
Do not wait till the child is grown, the earlier you start, the easier for you. Do not forget to drop your comment if you enjoyed reading this.CLICK HERE TO COMMENT