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6 Important Duties That New Fathers Must Complete

Expectant fathers have the privilege of experience the joy of bringing a new life into this world without morning sicknesses, food aversions, physical discomforts, and labor during childbirth.

However, even without going through the unavoidable circumstances of motherhood, fathers are expected to uphold their roles as new parents.

The effects of being a father can help bring happiness to your baby. Hence, fatherhood shouldn't be underestimated. Here are six essential duties new fathers need to complete:

1. Changing Diapers

New babies are peeing and pooping machines! It's amazing how these tiny humans produce so much waste. New parents find themselves needing to change diapers every two or so hours.

We estimate about 12 diaper changes in a single day. The good news is that as the days get by diaper changes become less frequent, but that doesn't change the fact that you will still need to plow through lots of diapers.

As an expectant father, you will have to learn how to change a diaper the right way. This will come in handy, especially when your wife is recuperating.

2. Burping the baby

It is common knowledge that babies often get gas while feeding, especially in the air. Burping helps your baby get the air bubbles out.

To successfully feed your baby with a milk bottle, you are encouraged to burp him after every bottle you feed her, as well as after the mother feeds him.

We recommend burping even more for those with babies who fuss and spit up a lot during feeding.

3. Giving the baby skin-to-skin contact

Leaving the warmth of the warmth and suddenly being exposed to the real world can be stressful for new babies. Skin-to-skin contact with the baby can help comfort and calm the baby.

It is also believed to stabilize the baby's heart rate, blood pressure, and respiratory rate, as well as maintaining the baby's temperature, all of which decrease the baby's crying.

This will also be an excellent opportunity to bond with the baby. Skin-to-skin contact with the baby is not only benefits the mother but the father as well. We recommend that you learn how to do this and use this skill as soon as the baby arrives. to

Tip: a few weeks after the baby is born, spend time holding him in just a diaper with your shirt off.

4. Calming a crying baby

For the sake of your sanity, you need to learn how to calm your baby when he cries. Whether your newborn cries a little or a lot, learn how to calm a crying baby determines how easy or difficult the new dad's experience will be.

5. Use crying remedies

If the baby is well-fed, has no fever, no physical discomforts, has been burped, doesn't have a wet, soggy diaper, but still can't stop crying, it's in your best interest to know some of the crying remedies.

Sometimes it could be that your baby is experiencing some kind of undiagnosed crankiness. Some of the crying remedies include:

  • Sticking a pacifier in his mouth
  • Swaddling
  • Placing him in a motorized swing
  • Take the baby for a drive
  • Running the vacuum

6. Hold a baby correctly

The last thing you want to do is drop your newborn just because you didn't bother to understand how to hold a baby.

We recommend taking the time to learn safe ways to hold a baby, such as lap, belly, shoulder, football, chair, face-to-face, hip, and cradle holding.

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Whatever hold you prefer to use, the most crucial thing is correctly supporting your baby's neck, bottom, and back.

These skill-sets will help both you and your baby become more attuned to each other's presence. To learn more about this, visit childmode.com.

. The Healthy Moms Magazine

Written by Kyle Colbert for The Healthy Moms Magazine and legally licensed through the Matcha publisher network. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@getmatcha.com.

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