Fatherhood is a beautiful thing for a man but not that simplest thing in the world. Learning how to be a father has never been so easy. There are frequently asked questions from new dad to be. Here are some guidelines and tips that will help you face first time fatherhood.
Preparing for labour and delivery
When your partner is delivering a baby, it is quite natural for a father-to-be to feel anxious. There are classes offered by many maternity hospitals for a father-to-be regarding labour and delivery. Visit the delivery area, labour room and learn about pain relief measure to be taken for a mother to be. In this way, you can be supportive of your partner.
How much does my baby eat
Your baby’s stomach is very small, so a very less amount of food ingested. Feeding amount varies during the first few days of life. For example, a one-day-old baby has a stomach the size of a marble and will hold only a teaspoon of food. After ten days of life, the size is about an egg, and your baby can feed up to 4 tablespoons. After feeding your baby should be content, and it’s essential to make your baby burp after feeding.
How many dirty diapers to expect
After the 1st day of life, a baby should have at least one wet diaper. The number of wet diapers increases to 5 to 6 after the first week and so on. Dirty diaper depends upon whether the baby is breastfed or having formula milk. One dirty diaper per day from day one which increases to 4 -5 during the 1st week is generally accepted. After this, a breastfed baby will have 1 to 12 small stools per day.
How to swaddle your baby
You can ask your nurse how to saddle your baby or read about it in articles or hospital magazines. You can also make a baby burrito with a blanket that will stimulate cosiness of the womb and help your baby sleep.
Where should your baby sleep?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies should always share their parent’s room as it will help for frequent breastfeeding when the baby is close. Your baby should not sleep in your bed and should always lie on his back to prevent sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
These are a few tips for all fathers-to-be that will help in experiencing wonderful fatherhood.