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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?"

Birth Of A Father, A Survival Guide For Both Of You

Fatherhood changes everything. Your dads probably paced around the maternity ward waiting room when you were born, then handed out cigars and went right back to work. That was then, this is now. Today, you guys are not just going to OB-GYN appointments, you're asking, er, probing questions of the doc; you're also cutting umbilical cords, swaddling newborns, even "wearing" them out in public. (Note to moms-to-be: Your results may vary.)

A Dad-To-Be's 4 Worst Fears

1. "I won't have enough money."

"My wife is the big earner, and she's taking time off. I have no idea if two can survive on my salary, let alone three."
— Jeff K.

Reality: Most expectant fathers overestimate the financial hit they're about to take. Sure, there are some big-ticket items—the crib, the Hummer-size stroller, the industrial-strength diaper whiz. Half these things will magically materialize courtesy of friends and family. And the rest of the stuff won't cost nearly as much as last year's outlay on bachelor parties.

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.

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.

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