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 to be sure to tickle the heck out of your baby as soon as they become ticklish.  Not only do baby laughs sound super cute and hilarious.  But you also get to see them smile and they aren’t old enough to tickle you back so you always win the tickle fight.  Unless of course, your wife thinks it’s fun to tickle you even though you’ve told her over and over that you hate it and that your brother used to do it until you cried and every time she does it, it reminds you of that and brings back bad memories from your youth, Brittainy.  Don’t tickle me, Brittainy, I hate it!
  2. Sorry, got a little sidetracked there.  OK, the second tip is a bit more on the serious side.  Now that the weather is warmer outside, be sure to be mindful of taking your baby outdoors.  The American Academy of Pediatrics doesn’t have a specific temperature when you shouldn’t take babies outdoors, but they do say to keep an eye out for signs of heat exhaustion like faintness, tiredness, nausea, vomiting, or hyperventilation.  Britt and I always try to make sure that Charlotte is out of direct sunlight, and we have her wear her cute little sunhat.
  3. The final tip of the week is to help your baby stay clean and smelling sweet.  You aren’t supposed to bathe your baby every day, but you’ll still need to do some washing on your non-bath days.  And you’ll especially need to look out for their fat rolls. Baby’s have more rolls than a buffet, and they get little bits of nasty trapped in them.  Charlotte is a chunky little baby and she is always getting drool and other gunk in her little fat rolls on her neck and arms. Avoid that weird baby funk and get in there with a wet washcloth on non-bath days. Oh, Charlotte looks like you got more baby gunk in your little fat rolls.

And now it’s time to finish off my daddy tips with an awesome Dad Joke!

Q:  What do you get when you cross an elephant and rhino?
A: Elephino

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