After baby arrives Daddy might be wondering what he can do to help. He might think that as a Mother that you have everything handled, which you most likely don’t, but if you want to lessen your load and have Dad be a part of the process check out some of the tips below.
Baby Care – While you’re feeding baby Dad can become the master of burping and diaper changes. He can give baths, clean your breast pump equipment, and keep the diapers, wipes and onsies stocked. There are numerous options that apply to baby care that will enable your hubby to help you while you’re mastering your new baby.
Laundry – Your laundry will not wash itself and you will be surprised at how quickly it piles up when you have a baby. You will just have completed a load and then there will be another that awaits you but if hubby can wash a load or two, fold them, and put them away you are in good company!
Making Meals – You have to eat! Breakfast, lunch and dinner shouldn’t consist of take out all the time because it can quickly get unhealthy for both you and baby. Meals don’t also have to be anything extensive. No one is expecting a 10 course meal. Keep it simple with, spaghetti, lasagna, salad or some of these easy options. (aj recipes)
Taking Baby – Yes your hubby can also take the baby! Why babies need their mommy’s they also need their daddy’s. And if mommy hasn’t been able to shower, sleep, or use the bathroom mommy won’t be at her best. So any time that your hubby can give you a break and take the baby for a while so you can even brush your teeth it will be a huge help! I know that taking a shower when I first had my son felt like a luxury and I didn’t want to get out!
Recruit Help – Rome wasn’t built in a day. And chances are if you’re a new parent you’re still trying to figure out how everything works anyhow so it’s ok to ask for help. Ask your mom, dad, in-laws, and friends with kids. Whoever you thing will be able to help you out during this new time in your life.
Be Patient – Learning how to be a parent and take care of a child is a lot and doesn’t happen overnight. It’s going to be just as difficult for Dad to learn what his role should be as a new father so try not to be too hard on him and appreciate that he is trying to help out where he can. Just remember to make sure to tell him what you need help with so you’re not doing it all yourself.
If you have any other suggestions of how hubby can help let me know!