December 24, 2020
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Being a single father could be even more overwhelming but we assure you that, at the same time, it is quite rewarding. You may have confusions regarding if you are doing things right, if you are feeding your baby enough, if they are sleeping enough, when they need to see the doctor, and so on. Taking care of your newborn as a single father may not be easy but we are here to guide you. Here are a few tips and tricks we have compiled for you that would allow you to navigate through the first few months smoothly.
The First Few Weeks
It is absolutely likely to be confused about your baby’s needs. Do not worry, though. Just as mothers are blessed with an inherent motherly instinct, so are fathers with their paternal instinct. After the first few weeks, you’ll discover that you are doing an incredible job!
Let’s check a few of the needs of your little angel, one by one:
It is usually advised that newborns be breastfed, however there are other options too! Alternately, you may give your little one an infant formula. Remember to avoid cow milk. If you are unsure about the formula, consult your doctor or your maternity nurse. Newborns need a warm bottle and hence, you would have to check the temperature of the bottle on your wrist before giving it to your baby.
Traditionally, a father was not socially constructed to clean and change a baby’s diaper. However, it’s time to do away with societal gender norms and know that single fathers can do it all too! Believe that you may not get it done overnight but you will get better at it eventually. It takes some time to figure out but try to find out the right brand of diapers for your little one. Moreover, be sure to choose the right powders and lotion, as well. If you have friends or family with kids, you can seek their recommendations or ask them to guide you to put on a diaper. Otherwise, YouTube and Google always come to the rescue of any novice.
Bathing your little sunshine would involve caution and precision. You will have to ensure that the water is just at the right temperature, which is not too hot or not too cold. Remember to support your baby’s head.
Ask For Help
You are already doing great, but you will learn that when you seek help, everything will seem much easier. You can seek assistance from a close friend or relatives to guide you. It is not easy to manage housework, a job and a newborn all alone, and you will find that many would be willing to help you out.
Spend Time with Your Baby
Between taking care of your newborn as a single father, being the bread-earner, taking care of the house, you may be flustered and not have enough time to appreciate the little beauty you have. Hence, try to take that time out. Sing to your little angel, play with them, talk to them, let them know that you are always there for them.
Many believe that a child would always need both the parents for stability. It may not be necessarily so. All you need is to be there for your little one, so that their emotional, social and physical needs are met. You can always seek help from your close ones or consult childcare, if available.
Your Sleep Schedules
One of the advantages of shared parenthood would be the naps. But now, in order to get your share of rest, you must try to sneak in whatever sleep you can manage when your baby naps. You may want to invest in a comfortable bassinet or a baby swing which rocks back and forth gently so that your baby falls into a peaceful dream world while you get a chance to rest your eyes, too.
Plan Your Finances
With taking care of your newborn as a single father and managing everything around you, it may be challenging to give your little one the attention they need from you. Remember, they need you now more than ever and this should be prioritised. Hence, you may want to a have helping hand in managing the other chores. If your profession requires you to travel, ask your family or close ones to help out.
As mentioned before, it can seem daunting in the first few weeks. After the initial blues are over and you fall into a routine, you will find out how great you are at taking care of your newborn baby. Find time for yourself and the things you love regularly. It would help you focus on your mental well-being, as well. You are superdad, we believe in you!