In the excitement and chaos of prepping for baby, it’s easy to make dad an observer instead of an active part of the pregnancy process. This Father’s Day, appreciate the man in your life by keeping pregnancy a team effort. Having his help in shouldering the expectant load will minimize stress and bring the two of you closer together in those months before baby arrives. Here are a few ways to ensure that dad stays off the bench and in the game:
Knowledge is power
Keep dad well informed with a helpful handbook geared specifically towards the expectant father.Some of our favorites include:Be Prepared: A Practical Handbook for New Dads by Gary Greenberg and Jeannie Hayden, The Baby Owner’s Manual by Louis and Joe Borgenicht, andPacify Me: A Handbook for the Freaked-Out New Dad by Chris Mancini.
Make doctors appointments and birthing classes a couple’s activity to ensure that both of you are in the know about your developing baby and what the birthing process will entail.
In those last weeks before your baby is due, make an appointment for a couple’s massage. You’ll both enjoy the benefits of therapeutic pampering and leave feeling relaxed and ready to conquer parenthood.
Give him a place in your birth plan
One of the most popular tasks given to new dads in the delivery room is the documentation of your little one’s birth. Whether it’s through pictures or video, having a record of your baby’s delivery and the moments leading up to it is something both mom and dad will treasure.
(Click here to watch one of our favorite delivery videos made from a Dad's point of view.)