Having a baby is a family affair! Your husband and kids (if this isn't your first!) will want to be a part of this amazing time of your life. The following pages have tips and downloadables for the whole family to enjoy -- even tips for making sure your children and pets adjust well to the new baby.
From the day you discover "we're pregnant!" to the day of delivery, a lot can happen. Especially if you're a first-time dad, you may be wondering what to expect, and how you can be most helpful to the mom-to-be. Getting involved in the pregnancy will make the experience better and easier for both you and your partner. So, what can Dad do?
Ten Tips for New Dads
Source: Robin Elise Weisse, LCCE / About.com
Having a new baby is exciting, though it means big changes to your family structure. For children, you can help them adjust to these changes by answering their questions on a level they can understand.
Communicating About Baby
Siblings, especially young ones, will need to know about baby’s habits and requirements. You may say:
Children love to help, and you may communicate that as a big brother or sister, they can help by:
Sibling Preparation Class
St. Francis offers a Sibling Preparation Class,
which celebrates the child as big brother or big sister through
activities and crafts. This special experience is for 3 to 8 year old
children (along with their parents) who are about to become Big Brother
or Big Sister for the first time. Through stories, video, and
activities, the children prepare for baby’s arrival by learning the
differences, abilities, and needs of infants. A 4x6 picture of your
child is needed for class activity. Find available dates >>
It's a special thing to become a big brother or big sister, and for that reason St. Francis offers a "Sibling Celebration" package. Once baby is born and mom and dad are settled in the hospital, the new sibling can visit and celebrate as the family with a "birthday cake"and their own very special t-shirt. Schedule a Sibling Celebration by talking with your nurse at the hospital.
Having a new baby is exciting, though it means big changes to your family structure. In cases where a pet has been the “only child” of the house, they will also need help adjusting; your veterinarian will be another helpful resource for your pet questions.
Toxoplasmosis, an infection that is transmitted from cat feces, is a concern for pregnant cat-owners. This infection poses serious risks for the baby. For a safer environment during pregnancy:
Birds, Reptiles and Amphibians