For many new Dads, learning how to cope with a crying infant is a new challenge that requires some unique skills that will develop with ingenuity and practice. The best way to approach the situation is remind yourself that crying is the only way your newborn has to communicate, and it does not necessarily mean something is wrong or that you are a lousy father. In other words, do not take it personally but adopt a resposible attitude. Learn to distinguish the types of cries your newborn makes to help you come up with the most effective solution to hush up the baby and restore peace and quiet.
There is absolutely no experience on this Earth that can compare to seeing your first son or daughter and holding him or her in your arms. Becoming a father for the first time may be the most rewarding and frightening experience a man will ever have. The experience is rewarding because you know that this small human being is a part of you. The child will be one of the few people on the planet who the father will genuinely love. The experience is also frightening because you have absolutely no idea how to care for such a helpless and defenseless living creature. The days and weeks following the birth of the child will most likely allow both of these feelings to grow as you begin to love the child and uncover his or her personality.
Believe it or not, there was once a time when fathers gave very little thought to their relationships with their kids. Relationships, and the emotional attachments involved, were seen as the mother’s territory. Fortunately, those days are over and today’s father wants to build a close relationship with his children. The question is: how?
Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a new father like the thought of changing a baby’s dirty diaper. Have no fear, because there are only four responsibilities for a dad to remember when tackling this dirty deed.