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Every dad knows that changing diapers, folding the baby's laundry, and taking our share of the night shifts are some of the best ways to help Mom out. But here are a few other things you can do that'll make Mom's life a whole lot easier.
It used to mean something different before we had kids. Now, ensuring that your fridge is stocked with bottles full of milk or formula is one of the best things you can do as part of your regular dad routine. This way, when Mom (or you) needs a fresh bottle (or "baba" in our household), all she needs to do is open the fridge and pull out a full bottle. No more opening gallons of milk or washing bottles out or trying to refill an empty bottle one-handed. Dad took care of it already.
Take that early-morning walk
No matter how much you try and help during the night, Mom still shoulders most of the burden, especially if she's breastfeeding. Which is why it's important to give her as much sleep as humanly possible. So get up, get the baby dressed, and take him or her for an early-morning walk. Not only will it give Mom that extra half hour or hour of sleep, it'll also give you uninterrupted time to bond with your baby. And Mom will wake up feeling refreshed, rejuvenated, and super grateful for her partner.
Fold Mom's laundry
Often when we have new babies, we're so wrapped up in putting their needs first that we often neglect our own. This is why almost every parent you know has at least one story about the day he or she forgot to eat anything. And considering that child-rearing can be a very, very dirty business, you can help Mom out by washing, drying, folding, and putting away her laundry. Because who doesn't like being welcomed by a dresser full of clean, folded laundry?
So what we dads can do now (just as we always can and should) is to be the best possible partner Mom needs, to have her back as much as we can, and to do our part to make her life as easy as possible.
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