If you’re here, it’s because you’re about to become a father. First, allow us to congratulate you! You’re about to embark on a life-long adventure which will be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life.
With that said, fatherhood isn’t easy. Along with your partner, you’re going to be in charge of nurturing, raising, and protecting your child. The thought of this responsibility can be scary and there will certainly be a lot of sacrifices you’ll need to make, however, with the right information and a little bit of time, you’ll learn to be a great parent.
We’ve compiled information from multiple parenting books, online resources, and our own experiences to share with you to help make your transition into fatherhood as smooth as can be.
There’s a lot of information on this page. To make things easier, you can click on the navigational links below to skips to specific sections:
Common Fears and Concerns | First Trimester | Second Trimester | Third Trimester | Finding the Right Doctor | Preparing Your Home |Planning for the Delivery | Delivery Day | Bringing Baby Home | Suggested Additional Reading | Related Blogs and Articles
Common Fears and Concerns
Simply put, becoming a parent is scary. Your entire life up until this point has been solely focused on you – your education, your entertainment, your career, etc.
Sure, some of that time has been prioritized by your relationship with your significant other, but no matter how much time and effort you put into your partner, he or she is a completely independent adult who can take care of themselves if you’re not around.
The same cannot be said about a baby. For much of their adolescent life, you’re going to have to provide them with support and guidance – physical, financial, mental, and spiritual. If you thought having a child would be all fun and games, think again.
Truthfully, many dads-to-be come to this realization shortly after their discover their partner is pregnant. After nine short months, your life is going to turn upside down and your focus will have to change from yourself to your baby.
With that in mind, it’s not hard to understand why fathers have so many fears and concerns revolving around being a parent. Here are some of the most common questions new fathers have:
- Will I be a good parent?
- Will I love the baby?
- Will I know how to raise a child?
- Do I really want to go through with this?
- Does fatherhood mean I can’t have fun anymore?
- Do I have enough money to afford a family?
- Will I break the baby?
- What if the baby isn’t healthy or has special needs?
If you’ve ever asked yourself one or more of these questions (or expressed any other fears or concerns), you’re not alone and it’s completely normal.
Our hope is, that when you finish reading through our website, you’ll not only feel more comfortable with becoming a parent, but that you’ll be a rock star at it too! If you don’t find the information you’re looking for or you still have questions, feel free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll assist you however we can.
The First Trimester
Congratulations! You’ve just learned that you’re going to be a dad. Regardless as to whether or not this is your first child, it’s important to know that every pregnancy is different and you’ve probably got a head full of questions begging for answers before the big day comes.
We’ve broken down each trimester by week to give you the play-by-play for what’s going on inside your partner over the next nine months and we’ve also thrown in some tips to help you, as a dad-to-be, prepare for the birth of your child.
The Second Trimester
The second trimester is an exciting and busy three months. During the first trimester, the only thing the egg you fertilized had to do was make its way up your partner’s Fallopian tubes and implant in her uterus.
While that’s an amazing feat in itself, in the second trimester, you’ll begin to witness the quick transformation that egg goes through: from a single embryo to the start of a tiny human that you’ll be holding in your hands before you know it.
The Third Trimester
Believe it or not, the finish line is in sight! It’s been a long road so far but you’ve handled it like a champ and you’re probably ready to meet the newest member of your family.
By this point, your baby is putting the final touches on his or her development and preparing for life outside the womb. If you’ve followed the tips we’ve provided through the first and second trimesters, you and your partner are prepared for the big day and more than ready for the next adventure into fatherhood.
Finding the Right Doctor
Finding the right healthcare provider is an important step in the pregnancy process and a bit more complicated than you might think. Did you know there are more than one kind of medical practitioner who practice baby delivery?
It’s true. In addition to traditional medical doctors, many hospitals, birthing centers, and medical clinics offer other services like midwives, doulas, OB GYN’s, and other specialized medical professionals. Do you know which your partner wants or needs? Read up with our handy guide to Finding the Right Doctor to help understand the differences.
Preparing Your Home
Take a look around your house. You might think it’s in pretty good shape right now. It may be a little messy from a few small messes or perhaps you’re a bit overdue for a laundry day. That’s okay, we’ve all been there, but ask yourself this question, “is your house ready for your baby?”
Chances are, you’ve got some work to do before your home is ready for your new bundle of joy. Don’t worry, we’ve compiled a list of tips for getting your home ready for baby.
Planning for the Delivery
The day your partner goes into labor is going to be one of the most memorable days of both your lives. Don’t muck it up by not being prepared! From helping her develop a birthing plan to finding the right hospital, there’s a lot that goes into getting ready for the big day. Good think you’ve got nine months to prepare!
Okay, the big day is here, you know what to do right? Yes … No … Maybe? It’s okay, there’s probably a lot going through your head right now. We’ve put together a list of helpful Delivery Day Tips for Dad, check them out!
Bringing Baby Home
You made it and you’re finally ready to go home with your new family. You’ve already prepared your house for your new baby, so now all you need to do is get there. We’ve prepared a few tips to help you in your transition from the hospital back to the comfort of your home.
Suggested Additional Reading
If you want some more in depth reading, check out these books, they’re full of great information to help you get prepared for baby!
- The Expectant Father: The Ultimate Guide for Dads-to-Be
- The Reluctant Father
- Home Game: An Accidental Guide to Fatherhood
- From Dude to Dad: The Diaper Dude Guide to Pregnancy
- Dude! You’re Gonna Be a Dad!
- Pregnancy for Dads (Idiot’s Guide)