5 Things is a new content series where Playground Dad contributors share 5 tips with new and expectant fathers.
Benny said it best “An ounce of prevention is worth an ounce of cure.” Here are five ways you can plan to be ahead of the curve when your bouncing bundle of sleeplessness arrives.
#1 – Stock up
Once the baby gets here you’re just going to be too tired to leave the house. So stock up on everything you’re going to need. Diapers, diaper cream, bottles (if you’re doing formula), Lanisnoh (if she’s nursing), breast milk storage bags, lots of swaddling blankets and burp cloths, and coffee. Lots and lots of coffee.
#2 – B prepared
Did you know that Vitamin B is a natural stimulant? It’s in almost every single energy drink, and doesn’t give you the same jittery feeling. They sell it at your local drugstore in liquid form, which is the fastest way to get it into your blood stream.
#3 – Gladware is your friend
Start cooking double the dinner and freezing the other half. There’s only so much take-out a person can eat, and no one is going to want to cook once the baby is here. Creating a stockpile of food is a great way to make sure you’re all eating well in the bring home the baby transition period.
#4 – Say “yes”!
Don’t be afraid to ask for help wherever you can get it. Now is not the time for pride, my friend. If your Mom wants to come over and do your laundry, say “yes”. If your friends offer to watch the little critter for an hour so you and Mom can breath fresh air, say “yes”. When people ask what they can bring, tell them exactly what you’re missing. Don’t be afraid to let people clean up some of your messes. One day you can return the favor, but for now take it where you can get it.
#5 – Mylicon and bicycle legs
If there is one thing that makes a newborn ornery it’s gas. I’m sure you can relate, but they need your help to get it out. Lay your baby on your lap and gently bicycle his legs to help work out the gas. Big G was awesome at this! If that doesn’t work, Mylicon can save the day and lead to more sleep for everyone. Add this to your stock up list if you haven’t gotten some already.
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