4 Ways Your Partner Can Be a Hands-On Parent Before Baby Arrives

Some dads of the past may have been content to take a backseat to their partner when it comes to parenting. Modern dads not only understand the importance of being fully involved, but they want to be a constant, equal, and positive part of their child’s life. While dads can step up big once the baby is born by changing, feeding, and bonding with their little one, trying to be a deeply involved parent while the baby is still growing in their partner's belly can be tough. Check out the suggestions below for ideas on how your partner can get involved before your baby arrives.

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1. Plan for their involvement

Throughout her pregnancy mom will spend many, many hours at the doctor’s office. While lots of time is spent waiting and doing basic check-ups, each appointment also involves some vital information sharing and advice giving from the doctor. Plan for dad to be present at each appointment, so he can ask questions and listen to the doctor's recommendations, by scheduling appointments for times that he’s able to come.

2. Tell him what you need

Foot rub? Guided relaxation at night? Something out of the ordinary for dinner? Understanding your evolving needs during pregnancy can be tough, even for the most involved partner. Help him out by sharing your needs so that he can work to meet them.

3. Designate him as lead researcher

Don’t be the only one looking up car seats and strollers- split the list and trust each other's recommendations on baby gear and services. Work together to come up with a list of things you’ll need and split it up evenly.

4. Ask him to become a breastfeeding expert

While mom will be the one nursing the baby, there’s a lot that dad can do to support her. Knowing the value of breastfeeding, the nursing lingo, the potential challenges and solutions, and the local resources is a valuable way to be involved from the very beginning.

What other ideas do you have to help dad get involved before the baby is born?

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4 Ways Your Partner Can Be a Hands-On Parent Before Baby Arrives

Julia Pelly has a master's degree in public health and works full time in the field of positive youth development. Julia loves hiking after work, swimming during the summer and taking long, cuddly afternoon naps with her two sons on the weekends. Julia lives in North Carolina, with her husband and two young boys. You can find more of her work at JuliaPelly.com ... More

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