Hi, I’m Steve and I’m a new Dad who has learned a lot of things over the last several months and I want to pass along some knowledge to you!

Each week I will be giving you some new tips for first-time parents and one spectacular Dad joke!  So let's get to the tips!

  1. Today’s first daddy tip is for all of those parents whose babies are reaching for your phone or iPad nonstop. Charlotte always wants to play on my iPad, so I downloaded a couple of baby apps for Charlotte to play with the other day and she loves it. But, when you give your baby your iPad, they go nuts and are touching everything they see on that screen. She would constantly end up at the purchase screen in the app store and you don’t want that. So I figured out that you can lock your device on a single app and your baby won’t be able to do anything else. Even if they tap on an ad in the game, it won’t exit the app! Find out how to do it in a blog I wrote on how to set up your iPad and iPhone to be baby proof.
  2. The next daddy tip has to do with baby gates. Once your little one starts crawling around the room, you’ll need to start putting up baby gates, or other makeshift options which I discussed in last week’s Daddy Tips. Well, my piece of advice on these room blockers is for people who also have pets. Take some time before your baby starts crawling, or even while you’re still pregnant, to get your pets used to the fact that they may be blocked from entering or exiting a room. My dog hates when he can’t get into a room and he will bark or cause other general ruckus. We are still getting him used to them and we wish we would have started to train him sooner. So get your pets as used to it as possible, or you might have a very angry pet.
  3. The final Daddy Tip is to buy little reusable freezie popsicle thingies for your teething baby! I’m not sure exactly what they are called, because I threw out the box, but they have tons of different kinds you can buy online or in stores. You put either blended fruit or baby food into them and pop them into the freezer and they turn into little popsicles. If Charlotte is being fussy because her little teeth hurt. Awww poor girl. We just give her one of these. And she’s loving life again! It’s a fantastic natural teething remedy and the only thing we use!

And now it’s time for an extra spooky Halloween dad joke!

Q: Why is everyone going to think I'm rich this Halloween?
A: Because I'm handing out a 100 Grand to every trick-or-treater!

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