New Babies, New Life
Routine, Routine, Routine
Creating a routine is probably the most important thing you can do as a parent. It provides comfort and security for both the children and the parents. Of course your biggest challenge will be sticking to it. There will be times that you will have to prod your spouse to stay on track because sometimes a short-term gain of skipping naps because the babies are such a playful mood will end in a sleepless night for both of you!
What Dads Need to Know About Breastfeeding
My only bit of insight on breastfeeding came from a rock star that I was interviewing for a local paper. We were walking along, engaged in some small talk and I told him that my wife and I were expecting twins. He stopped, looked me square in the eyes and said with conviction, "Get a lactation consultant. You'd think breastfeeding would be the most natural thing in the world but it's not. Find one now. I mean it."
Documenting the Doo-Doo
I remember being shocked when other fathers I would talk to could not recall their children's early feeding habits and health issues -- until I had my own. I realize now that no one remembers because we were all exhausted! So I must say that for as much as I teased Cheryl about her obsessive excremental journaling, the Poo Log has become a valuable resource for us as well as our new-parent friends. It will help you answer your pediatrician's questions and it will make you look like the most attentive parent on the playground.
No Need to Overspend
It's a cliche but it's true: Less is more. Fight the urge to go on a comprehensive shopping spree. Take advantage of those early months when your world revolves around eating, sleeping, and pooping, and ease into your purchases. Spare yourself the clutter. See what kind of kids you have before you buy every swing, chair, and sleep aid in the store. You'll be surprised at how fast your shelves fill up with gifts of books, CDs, and DVDs from your friends and family. Besides, in those early stages, children thrive on repetition. You will be bored by their toys and stories months before your kids will.