Parenting advice for new dads

Becoming a parent for the first time can be both exciting and overwhelming. Being a new dad can be a rewarding and challenging experience.

Lots of people will offer you new-dad advice, but the most important person to listen to once the baby arrives is your partner. Encourage them to tell you how they’re feeling and what they need, and they’ll likely do the same for you. Things won’t feel quite so overwhelming if you know your teammate’s got your back.

Congratulations on your soon-to-be-a-daddy status — and kudos for thinking about how to help your partner once your bundle arrives. Your awareness of the huge scale of the task of parenting a newborn and your willingness to do your part reflect a growing trend among new dads who were, only a few decades ago, second-string players when it came to caring for an infant.

Here are a few pieces of advice for new dads:

  1. Educate yourself: Read books, talk to other parents, and take parenting classes to learn about what to expect and how to take care of a child.
  2. Prepare your home: Make sure your home is safe for a child by baby-proofing and getting all necessary gear (e.g., crib, car seat, stroller).
  3. Be present: Make an effort to be present and involved in your child’s life. This can mean changing diapers, feeding, and putting your child to sleep.
  4. Communicate with your partner: It’s important to have open and honest communication with your partner about parenting responsibilities and expectations.
  5. Take care of yourself: Being a new parent can be overwhelming, so make sure to take care of your own needs as well. Get enough sleep, exercise, and make time for things you enjoy.
  6. Seek support: Don’t be afraid to ask for help or advice from friends, family, or professionals. Parenting is a learning experience, and it’s okay to ask for support.
  7. Have patience: Parenting is a journey and it can be frustrating at times. Remember to be patient with yourself and your child as you both adjust to this new role.
  8. Enjoy the journey: Being a parent can be one of the most rewarding experiences in life. Try to focus on the joys and special moments, and remember that every stage is temporary.

Author Profile

Adam Regan
Adam Regan
Deputy Editor

Features and account management. 3 years media experience. Previously covered features for online and print editions.


Leave a Reply