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Advice For Dads

Real Dads Don't Babysit

Hello, it's us. You know, men? Bigger than you. Hairier. More interested in large shiny objects. Don't worry, we're not offended if you don't remember us. You've been busy growing our children inside you, or enduring labor to bring them into the world, or surviving on three hours of sleep. Anyway, we're just checking in, y'know, saying hi. And by the way, here are some things you might want to know about new dads, plus a request or two. No big whoop.

Your Dad Didn't Do This

The demands of modern fatherhood have today's new and expecting dads experiencing things previous generations of men were excused from doing, for the most part. Or ran screaming from. Or just flat out laughed at. Here's a preview of just a few of the awkward situations and how you can handle them.

1. "Hey, boss, can I go to the OB-GYN's?"

New-Dad Tool Kit

Dangerous Substances During Pregnancy

Worried about something you may have been exposed to while pregnant or nursing? Visit the Office of Tertology Information for up-to-date information on dangerous substances. You'll find fact sheets and answers to frequently asked questions about exposure to specific medications, herbal products, infections and vaccines, medical conditions, illicit substances, and other common exposures.

Birth of a Father

This Sunday, we celebrate Dad. Looking for the perfect gift for the new father in your life? Check out our Dad Gear 2.0 roundup of gear that is as guy-friendly as it is useful for your growing family. And don't miss our annual Buyer's Guide for more toys for the big boy in your life.

Birth of a Father

It's official: she's having a baby, and you're becoming a dad. It's a brave new world, and we've got your back: whether you're looking for cool baby gear, what to expect when she's expecting, or advice from dads on the front lines of fatherhood. Congratulations, dad-to-be: your boys can swim. Now the real fun begins.

On Becoming A Dad

Birth of A Father: A Guy's Guide To Having A Baby - Dad 2.0

The Hormonal Dad-To-Be

Expectant moms aren't the only ones whose hormones fluctuate. In a small study at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada, researchers found that first-time dads-to-be experienced a significant decrease in the male hormone testosterone as well as cortisol, a stress hormone. They were also more likely to have detectable levels of estradiol, a naturally occurring estrogen known to influence maternal behavior. The change in body chemistry may help men respond differently to the new situations they'll face as dads—and possibly encourage the father-child bond.

Dad Gear 2.0

If you worked construction, would you wear a pink tool belt? Would you get on the subway carrying a briefcase with duckies on it? Just because you are taking care of the kid doesn't mean you have to look like a girly-man. Your work as a Dad 2.0 is the most important you will ever do, so why not get gear that is as guy-friendly as it is useful? Here are 10 items tested and approved by DadLabs.com. (Go to fitpregnancy.com/inthisissue for quick links to all the sites.)

The Dish On Dads

Labor nurses like me love dads-to-be who do whatever it takes to make the new mom and baby the stars of the day. Fortunately, that's most of you men out there. Once in a while, though, someone steals the spotlight with his less-than-stellar behavior.

Birth of A Father: A Guy's Guide To Having A Baby - Dad 2.0

Maybe our forefathers were right. Maybe a man's place during his child's birth should be in a smoky "stork club," reading the newspaper, instead of holding the laboring mom's knee and watching the baby "crown" (this gets my nomination for the best euphemism of all time). Woe to the dads of today who look to the fathers of yore for wisdom on diaper changing and 2 a.m. feedings--these predecessors will just shake their grizzled heads and laugh.

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