Before Your Baby Is Born

Take time to think about being a Dad...

Take some time and space to think about your role as a Dad; how you might see yourself as a Dad to a newborn baby through all the stages from early childhood and into the teenage.

Use the following questions to get you thinking:

  • When you think about being a Dad, how do you feel?
  • So far, what have you done to prepare for your new role as a Dad?
  • What would help make you feel more prepared to care for your baby?
  • Have you chatted about becoming a Dad with your parents, your partner's parents or friends with babies?
  • What are the things that may have hindered your preparation?
  • What could you do to change this?
  • What do you think will be the main challenges for you after your baby is born?
  • Is there anything you can do now to help you be better prepared for those challenges?

Be Prepared

In the early days, being a Dad can be a bit of an emotional roller-coaster.

Having some idea of how to hold, settle and bath your baby will give you the confidence to enjoy your baby from the first moments of meeting each other.  In fact your baby may already recognize the sound of your voice.

Being a dad can be a lot of fun, with you and your baby having a great time getting to know each other and, like any other relationship, it takes time. Like most other important times and events in your life, it's about the journey. Enjoy it!

View the following links for more information:

The Journey Begins: this page looks at becoming a Dad.
Nutrition and Recipes: Eating well is really important and is the basis for a healthy family life.
Tips on managing and developing your relationship with your partner.
Getting to grips with that laundry!
Be back care aware with all that baby equipment!
The first scan and meeting your baby
Preparing for those outings with Dad!

It can be helpful to be aware of the signs of postnatal depression and know how and where to get help if you need to. Men can suffer from postnatal depression as well as women. For a HSE guide to dealing with postnatal depression, follow the link.

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