In response to our popular Advice from a Mom to a Mom, read below for advice for Daddies!
Advice exclusively for a Dad from a Dad.
**The below steps only apply for the first month.
If baby is fussy:
Do the following in order for at least 1 minute each, stop when baby is no longer fussy:
- Check diaper.
- Ask wife when baby was last fed, if greater than 3 hours ago, feed the baby.
- Burp the baby.
- Hold the baby in a horizontal position while sitting.
- Hold the baby in a vertical position while sitting.
- Walk around while holding the baby in a horizontal position.
- Walk around while holding the baby in a vertical position.
- Put baby in a swing.
- Play music or talk to the baby.
- If lights are off, turn one on so the baby can see things.
** It will happen, at some point you will become frustrated and annoyed that you can’t soothe your fussy child. Put the baby down in a swing or crib or pass baby back off to the wife.
If wife and baby are fussy:
- Take the baby and both of you get the hell out of there, go to a different room out of sight and sound.
- Go through fussy baby steps above.
If wife is fussy but baby is not:
- Take the baby.
- Put baby in a swing or crib.
- Talk/listen to wife.
- Good luck, may the force be with you!
If wife and baby are fine:
- Do the dishes.
- Make the next meal.
- Take out the trash and diaper pail.
- Water plants.
- Clean part of the house.
- Run errands.
** While you are running around doing these things, squeeze in a few things you want to do.
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The information contained in this article is provided for informational purposes only, and should not be used as a substitute for the advice of your physician or licensed health care provider. You should consult your physician or licensed health care provider before engaging in any exercise activity described in this article to determine if it is right for your needs.