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Advice For Dads

Is Dad Stressed or Experiencing Paternal Postnatal Depression?

You’ve heard plenty of stories (among friends, on social media, or maybe even in celebrity tell-all books) of women experiencing postpartum depression. The postnatal depression you might not have heard about is PPND (paternal postnatal depression)—the one your partner may suffer from after your little bundle of joy arrives.

How to Prepare Dads for Labor & Delivery

When a woman is pregnant, most of the outside world’s attention is on the mother-to-be. On one hand, this makes sense: it is the mother who bears the first-hand, physical experience of pregnancy and birth, and the intrinsic connection to a child who was once part of her body.

4 Questions to Ask Before Baby Comes

A lot of things will change once your baby arrives. You’ll feel zonked. You’ll spend a lot of time thinking about poop. And you’ll learn to dissect the nuances of a cry with the precision of sonar. Another big change: You’ll feel as if you have a meaningful conversation with your partner about once every two years.

Picture Perfect: Tips for Newborn Photography

If you don’t have bucks to burn on a professional photographer for that perfect baby announcement photo, don’t stress. Follow these tips from photographer Ted Catanzaro of Los Angeles-based Ted & Debbie to best capture your cutie:

Avoid using flash: Create soft, filtered light by hanging a sheer curtain in front of a window or lamp.

Get up close and personal: 
Capture close-ups of your baby’s toes, hands and face.

Stranger Anxiety

It may cause you some embarrassment, but when your child screams and clings to you at the mere approach of Aunt Marge (or nearly any other unfamiliar person), he’s actually responding in a very normal way.

Toy Story

Our baby is only 5 months old, but our apartment was crammed with toys long before my husband and I ever thought about having kids. No framed portraits of us in crisp, matching shirts adorned our mantle. Instead, a lifelike bust of Caesar from Planet of the Apes engaged our visitors with his simian stare.

Grandparents Day

As we get ready to mark Grandparents Day this Sunday, two new studies report that the nanas and granddaddies of today are providing an increasing level of financial and day-care support to their grandchildren, according to a USA Today report.

Dad's Age Plays Bigger Role in Autism Risk

Researchers in the past have pointed to a mother's age when studying autism risks. But a new study finds that older fathers pass on more genetic mutations to babies, specifically for autism and schizophrenia, The New York Times reports.

Sweden Looks to Extend Paternity Leave

Sweden is standing by its men—specifically, fathers. The country with the most generous family leave legislation is debating whether dads need more time off to be with their babies, the Wall Street Journal and other news outlets report.

Pointers For Pops

A lot of expectant fathers think they have two jobs—you know, the one that begins the whole pregnancy process, and then the one that starts nine months later. But the reality is that even though moms are the supreme bearers of physical responsibility during pregnancy, men can play big roles, too. So print out this page and leave it on his nightstand. He won’t have to read your mind, and you won’t have to nag.

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