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Where is my parenting instruction manual?
Where is my parenting instruction manual?

Parenting is like, the hardest thing that has ever existed. Even worse, there is literally no right way to parent (though there are definitely several wrong ways) and every kid is different, leading to an intense feeling of "wtf am I doing."

In order to curb that feeling, u/GiggaWat asked Reddit:

Dads of reddit, what is your advice for new dads?

Here are some of those pieces of advice.

Not A Creature Was Stirring
Not A Creature Was Stirring

Do NOT have it dead silent in your home when your child is asleep. Do your normal routine or noise level or you end up with a child who is easily woken up by a mouse fart.

Love And Care
Love And Care
  1. Don't worry if the kid doesn't respond to you for the first few weeks/months. It usually takes longer than bonding with the mom. It will happen I promise
  2. Just like previously posted.... everything is a phase and it will pass. Goes for the good and bad. Enjoy those late nights somehow because soon you will wish they did call for you and you could come to the rescue.
  3. My wife has to remind me all the time, they are babies and they don't know better. Remember this when you inevitably get frustrated with them. It's not personal
  4. Figure out something that you and only you do to help out. Mine was bath time. I gave my daughter every bath/shower except maybe 3 until she was 2 years old. Also always did morning bottle feeds. I liked being the first thing she sees in the morning.
  5. When buying things. Function>Form
  6. Take lots of video and pictures. Can never have too many and can never get them back if you don't.
  7. Try not to take your kid out to be handled in public unless necessary before 3 months. If they get sick and you go to the ER with a high fever because their immune system can't handle the world yet, they will do a spinal tap and it will break your heart putting them in that much pain.
  8. Ask questions, who cares if you feel dumb for asking. We have all done it and it's better to be safe than sorry.
Why Am I Crying?
Why Am I Crying?

Hungry

Tired

Nappy

Want to suck on something

Bored

Scared

It's probably one of them.

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