Starting a new family can be a wonderful yet stressful experience. Newborns, and even older babies, can seem mysterious and taking care of them may be a little scary. Fortunately, babies are born with the skills and desire to tell parents what they need. In this blog, experienced moms (who happen to be experts) will help parents understand why babies behave the way they do and share tips to help parents cope with the ups and downs of this new and exciting time of life.
Friday, August 10, 2012
A Question for the Dads out There
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I'm a new father - we have a sixteen month old, and the next is due in February. My wife breast fed for about 13 months. I don't recall actively searching for information; my wife was proactive in her search for information, and she included me whenever she felt it was necessary. My guess is that I'm in a relatively common scenario. I'm in the target demographic for the study your question references, and I don't know how I would answer the survey questions because I didn't really do much searching.ReplyDelete
I can't think of anything I needed to know that wasn't covered in my wife's notes for me. She served as filter/distiller. What she needed to know spanned several books. What I needed to know could fit in a bulleted blog of 20-50 points. Maybe someone just needs to document those 20-50 points and make them searchable/discoverable.
The information is definitely out there, but it's largely buried within information that isn't terribly relevant to the partner - what the milk letdown feels like, how to estimate volume, nipple care, etc.
Though I'm not a father, I teach "baby wellness" classes to expectant parents and parents of infants 0-6 months. Our classes focus on how to play, handle, communicate, and bond with babies at this age. The feedback we've received from dads has been great with the most common thread being an increase in confidence with what to expect as well as how to carry and interact with babies. Often times the comments are also about not knowing what questions to ask or general anxiety about how to handle a baby that young.ReplyDelete