Steve’s Tips For Brand New Daddys (6-20-18)
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!
- Today’s first daddy tip has to do with your sweet little bundle's clothes. If you have a super cute outfit and you are saving it for a special occasion, just put it on him or her now! These little rascals grow so quickly that by the time your special occasion comes around the outfit won’t even fit anymore. Heck, just make sure they wear each of their outfits at least once because they might not just get a chance to wear them at all. We dressed Charlotte for daycare the other day and didn’t realize that she is already outgrowing 9 month tops. When I came to pick her up, her shirt was pretty much a crop top and she was showing some serious belly to the boys in the class. We know your muffin top is cute, but everyone doesn’t need to see it.
- Next up is a tip about how to communicate with your baby even before they can talk. Most babies can start to understand sign language sometime between 6 and 9 months. The signs for eating and drinking are pretty easy so if you do these each time you feed your baby they will begin to associate them with a meal. It might take several more months for your baby to develop the motor skills to actually sign back, but they can begin to understand. If you don’t know sign language, there are a ton of good guides online and a few free apps specifically for signing to babies. Check it out, I just made the sign for drink. (it’s just moving your hand up to your mouth like your holding a cup)
- The final tip is to give you sweet little baby a little time to digest his or her meal before playtime. Now that Charlotte is more active, we play with her a lot, but we seem to keep making the same mistake of not letting her digest her meal entirely before play time. The Mayo Clinic suggests you have your baby sit in an upright position for about 30 minutes before any playtime after a meal. The other day I made the mistake of holding Charlotte really high up in the air and bam! Spit up on my face, shirt, and floor. Good times… Good times.
And now it’s time to finish off my daddy tips with an awesome Dad Joke!
Q: Want to hear a joke about construction?
A: Too bad, I'm still working on it.
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