Ok guys, here is a survival guide for men with a 3 year old girl. Let me share some parenting tips from my own experience.
Being A Dad to a 3 Year old girl
Mens Survival Guide
Ok guys, here is a survival guide for men with a 3 year old girl. Let me take you back, close to 4 years ago I finally heard those words that I have always wanted to hear. “Andy, I’m pregnant”. Finally, I’m going to be someone’s Dad.
The overwhelming joy and pride I felt that day. Telling family and friends about this awesome moment in my life.
Not that it didn’t leave any questions or doubts in my mind. Like am I going to be a great Dad or can I afford this. “You know what, if you wait to afford to have kids you’re never going to have a family.” is the reply I got a lot when I asked others for their opinion. I was a little reassured but good advice none the less.
You know what, my wife carried great, she still had her great looks just a bulging stomach. No mood swings, no cravings nothing like that. She did have a little bit of a difficult delivery but she pulled through it just fine. I will spare you the details.
Instantly when my baby popped out she had this startled look on her face, like what the heck. First I’m in this great little warm environment and now I’m surrounded in this cold bright room. Then she started crying, my wife started crying then I did. Yes it’s ok to cry guys. When you were a kid didn’t cry watching Old Yeller?
Ok, so you you have this bundle of joy at home and it’s crying. First thing picking up a newborn, remember to support the head. Hand under bum other hand under the head. When changing her, wipe down. Nuff said.
Another point to ponder is that your wife just went through an ordeal. Your household chores just doubled, for a little while anyway. Trust me, your life isn’t over. You can still watch Sunday afternoon Football or keep your motorcycle. Actually my wife didn’t make a big deal out of the second point, just keep in mind you have a little one waiting for you at home. You gotta have a cool wife for these two points. Which my wife is. Oh yeah, the survival guide. Please check out points below.
- Keep in mind there is going to be a lot of poop, a lot. So suck it up
- Have a good reliable babysitter.
- You need a baby monitor. Get one that you can actually see them in their crib.
- She is going to outgrow baby clothes quickly.
- Search around for daycare’s now.
- Get ready for a lot of visitors
When going out with baby get a diaper tote bag. Should contain at least the following. Extra diapers, milk bottle, wipes, toys and teethers.
Here are some necessities that hopefully you got from your baby shower. One-piece outfits, shirts, leggings or pull-on pants, outer layers, Hats and mittens, socks or booties, shoes, pajamas/sleepers, diapers, a good amount of wipes, changing pad and table.
- This is just a rough guide. Believe me there’s a lot more but family and friends will get you and your wife a stroller, a car seat or toys. Etc etc.
This one is very important, when your 3 year old says “Daddy I need to go potty”. She usually means right away. I wonder where my wife put the mop.
- Start a Home Based Business (part time at first if you can’t afford to quit your job), so that in a few years you can work from home full time and spend a lot of time with your kid and help your wife more to raise them. I don’t want to miss these priceless years when my baby girl will be growing up.
If you haven’t figured out yet I am also a stay at home Dad. Wait, that’s not true. When my baby was a newborn I was a stay at home Dad because I worked evenings. When my wife came home I would prepare dinner and then off to my afternoon work. Hope this blog post helped all the Newbie Dads out there. Stay tuned, for more useful and helpful blog posts.
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