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9 ways to become a better dad

How to become a better dad?

Stay involved

Being around a newborn can be quite an intimidating task. The excuse of being the dad won't work every time. You have to be involved actively in all aspects of your newborn’s upbringing. This means not only clicking cute pictures but also being a hands-on dad and changing diapers, burping, bathing, playing with the baby. And, handling Mommy too! Here are a few tips on how you can be the rightful owner of the Best Daddy title!

Get home in time

Office work is important. But now you have had a baby and it is your world too that has turned upside down. Get back home in time. Your wife has been with the baby whole day and would be greatly relieved when you take over. If you are going to be late, do not wait until the last minute to inform your wife.

Relieve your wife

Most new mothers have this huge sense of responsibility and put their baby right on top of the priority list. Help her by showing some enthusiasm with the baby and not just doing things as part of your responsibility. Your wife will be able to spend her free time better if she knows her baby is with someone who will take care of the baby as well as her.

Do not force your sexual urges on your wife

Having a baby is a life-altering event for a woman and sex would probably be the last thing on her mind now. Do not pressurize your wife for sexual intimacy. A little love and encouragement is what she needs after a hard day battling with cries, shrieks, burps, and wet diapers. 

Do not look at work as 'Mom-Work'

Baby work is a shared responsibility. Divide the work equally and fairly. Get involved in all aspects of baby care.  

Cherish the time with your little one

Do not crib about having to stay up all night after a stressful day at work. Time spent with your baby is precious. You will never be able to relive it. So enjoy each moment and make the experiences memories that will make you smile down the line.  

Get up at night for late night feedings

Baby’s can be quite demanding and they have no sense of time when they need to fill their tummies. So when your wife gets up at 2 in the night to feed your crying wonder, get up with her. Stay awake while she feeds the baby, talk to her about your day and about the little things in life as the baby feeds. Once the feeding is done, help burp the baby. Such small acts help in building a beautiful and loving bond with your wife and she will love you more than ever.

Don't fret

Do not work yourself up. You don't have to be the perfect dad. You just have to do your best. Babies don’t come with instruction booklets. All the advice people give doesn't work every time. You learn along the way. So relax and do your thing.

Quit smoking and alcohol

Be a responsible dad and quit smoking and drinking alcohol if you have not done it already. It is not just about you now. It can affect your kid’s health. Moreover, you have to take care of your health as a responsibility towards your kid.

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