ABCs of Becoming a New Dad – ‘C’

ABCs for New Dads -C

The C’s

Car Seat – Get this installed and checked by a certified car seat expert. The nurses and hospital staff  will typically check to see if you have the seat in place, not necessarily that it is installed correctly. You’ll want to have this checked out before baby arrives.

 

 

 

Tips for Baby Car Seats

  • Infant Car seats should be rear-facing.
  • Base should not move
  • Car seat reclines at approximately a 45-degree angle.
  • The top straps should be set at or below the baby's shoulder level to lay snug and tight. The Chest clip should be at baby's armpit level.
  • Use a baby blanket or towel rolled up to wrap around your infant's head for lateral support.
  • Keep your child in the car seat for as long as possible, as long as the child fits within the manufacturer’s height and weight requirements.

Recommendations from The National Highway Traffic and Safety Administration

Cherish the firsts! The first diaper, the first smile and giggle, the first time flipping over, the first time sitting up, the first tooth, the first solid foods, the first time crawling, walking. Be prepared… Go ahead & pull out your phone and camera and take tons of pictures and video. As they grow up in a blink of an eye, you’ll definitely want to have all those moments documented. (See also Back Up) The ability to upload your pics, makes creating gifts for the grandparents a great way to share and cherish these precious times as a new family, especially if your family lives far away. (TheNewDadGuide.com has some great ideas for you on this, so stay tuned and join our email list to be posted!)

Compounding. While the last thing you may be worried about is saving for college for your newborn (or maybe you are worried about finances as your family needs change), you have the advantage of time and compounding to offset the skyrocketing costs of a college education & your own retirement. Consider a 529 Plan where saving a meager $150 per month can grow to $50,000 dollars after 18 years at a conservative 6% interest rate. I get it! You may be thinking that $150 as a new dad could definitely go a long way towards diapers, new baby clothes, formula and the like; you must take advantage of the one thing you definitely wont have later… time & the power of time to compound an initial small sum of money to grow into a much larger resource and gift to your child for their education. While I am not a financial advisor by any means, I do recommend seeking a professional financial counselor.. a fiduciary who will help you in setting up your financial house now that your family is growing as a new dad.

Compromise is an essential piece of the relationship puzzle that becomes even more valuable and necessary as you become a new dad! Understanding your own expectations of becoming a dad is hard enough, let alone meeting others’ (aka your wife’s) ideas of what a dad is supposed to do & how he is supposed to act!

Cord blood is the blood saved from the umbilical cord when the baby is born. The OB doc and nurses will ask you if you want to bank the cord blood. Why? It is rich with stem cells, which can grow and be developed into other type of cells used to treat Leukemia, some cancers, sickle cell anemia and….

Crying. They say mothers have a keen ‘maternal instinct’ to just know what baby needs by the sound of baby’s cry! Well good thing you’re here reading this, as you hone your paternal grandmother baby-whispering skills! Growing up as the oldest in my family with a younger brother and plenty of younger cousins, I grew accustomed to helping out with the new babies as they came along. As a registered nurse, I worked in the float pool at my hospital caring for all various kinds of patients. I can tell you that it doesn’t take formal education or career in nursing to learn that babies cry for three basic reasons: 1) They’re Hungry. 2) They have a dirty diaper. 3) They’re tired. That’s it! Knowing these three basics in caring for your newborn will help you in 80-90% of the time!

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Thanks!
Steve 
Steve Justo, RN MSN
ABCs for New Dads – ‘B’ – ABCs for New Dads – ‘D’

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