New-Father Fears

Having a baby is amazing, so why is your guy freaking out? Uncover what he's worried about so you can help him get with the program.
Dad with newborn baby

Alexandra Grablewski

I wasn't the least bit worried about becoming a father. In fact, when my wife and I found out we were having a son, I was thrilled. I fantasized about playing baseball with him, taking him to his first football game, and counting how many times he'd mention me during his Harvard valedictory address.

But when the big day came and the nurse handed me Will, a wrinkled bundle of screaming newborn, I was consumed by fear and uncertainty. How would I know when he was hungry? Would this mean the end of my social life (not to mention sex life)? And given our modest income, where would we get the money to pay for the baby gear we'd need?

Guys are supposed to have all the answers. But the reality is, many of us are woefully unprepared for the challenges ahead. We know, moms, that your attention is (rightly) focused elsewhere, but we could use some help overcoming these common new-dad concerns.

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