What to Know About Preparing for Fatherhood
Becoming a parent is just about the most life-changing experience anyone can go through. While dads don't experience the joys of pregnancy, they still have plenty of major life changes to get ready for.
To keep your nerves in check before the big day, these tips from the dads of the internet provide what you need to know about preparing for fatherhood.
Changing Table Mats Are a Necessity. Puppy Pads Work in a Pinch.
Self-Care Looks a Little Different After Having Kids
Having Towels Around Is Never Not Helpful
New Babies Put Your Entire Life Into Perspective
Wearing Your Baby Is a Boss Move on So Many Levels
If You Don’t Want To Learn to Swaddle, There’s an Alternative That Works Just as Well
The Parenting Books Never Mention That Baby Heads Are Weapons of Mass Destruction
As a New Dad, Becoming a Poop Scientist Is Entirely Normal
If You Think You’ve Been in a Messy Relationship, Just Wait
Babies Will Spit on Your Expectations. Give Up on Them Now. (The Expectations, Not the Baby.)
Preparing for Fatherhood Means Learning to Watch Netflix 10 Minutes at a Time
Stealth Poops Are a Thing
Check In on Your Partner, and Check In on Yourself While You’re at It
Master the Art of Opening Jars With One Hand
A Soothing Spotify Playlist Works Wonders
Stock up on Bottles. Doesn’t Matter What Kind.
If You Like to Hang Out in Parked Cars, You’re Ahead of the Curve
There’s a Technique to Not Getting Peed On
Maintain a Healthy Sense of Humor
Change Diaper First, Chat Later.
This Pro Tip Will Probably Come Back to Haunt You
Take All Parenting Advice With a Grain of Salt. (Or the Entire Jar)
Dark Humor at the Ob/Gyn Is Ill-Advised
There Really Is No Way to Avoid the Stench of Diapers Entirely
Bringing a Blanket in the Car Is Highly Recommended
Parenting Rules Are More Like Guidelines
Sometimes, Dads Have to Take One for the Team
Planning Meals in Bulk Is a Sanity Saver
Words Uttered on Two Hours of Sleep Don’t Count
'Dad Bods' Are Welcome. Encouraged, Even
Preparing for Fatherhood Can Come In Many Forms
New Dads Can’t Really Stock up on Sleep, but It Doesn’t Hurt to Try
The Time for Household Maintenance Is Before the Baby Arrives
At This Point, Googling Is an Essential Parenting Tool
The Small Moments Are Bigger Than They Seem. Treasure Them.
Couch Selection Is a Matter of Utmost Importance
When You’re a New Parent, Survival Is an Indicator of Success.
When Prepping to Become a Dad, Don’t Be Scared.
Fatherhood Is Hard. Venting Is Encouraged.
If AC/DC Soothes Your Six-Week-Old, No Judgment Here
Laugh Crying Happens to the Best of Us. Just Go With It.
If You Think You’re the King of Self-Sabotage, Just Wait Until You Meet You 2.0
Just Be Yourself! Only, Well, Better.
Newborns Are Basically Just Feeding, Sleeping, Pooping Machines
Part of Preparing for Fatherhood Is Taking Care of Yourself
Supporting a Newborn’s Head Is Harder Than It First Appears