Hey, New Dads! Don't Forget to Take Care of Mom, Too

A new company is sending first-time dads daily tips on how to help mom during the first month with an infant.
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Riddle me this: Say you just had a baby. Now, if you're busy taking care of both your husband and that baby, who is left to take of you?

Um.

Enter mom Catharine Griffin, who hopes to give us all an answer to that question with her email subscription service Daddy Caddy, designed to offer daily tips to dads about how they can help a mother out during the first month with a newborn.

If your first reaction was "YASSSSS!" followed by something along the lines of "Wait. Why only the FIRST month?" you're not alone.

"My husband Jay and I came up with the idea for Daddy Caddy following the birth of our daughter Lia in 2015," Griffin explains on the company's website. "We realized that parenting books teach new parents how to take care of the baby, but none focus on how to take care of Mom, who is still recovering after childbirth. The daily email acts as an automatic prompt, so that overwhelmed dads don't have to consult a book or search online."

And that's a good thing. Because we all know how bad dads are at finding things. Plus, anything that can automatically prompt my husband to do anything sounds like a winner to me.

Billed as "the ultimate cheat sheet for first-time fathers," a quick visit to the Daddy Caddy website reveals a couple of constructive tips, including: "Buy postage and mail out baby announcements" and "Bring mom a glass of water when she breastfeeds."

Good stuff. Though I probably would have added "Bring mom a glass of wine after she's done breastfeeding" and something like "Take a class at beauty school so you can learn how to touch up mom's gray roots" to that list.

Of course, those things might already be on there. We just have no way of knowing because the rest of the advice is kept under wraps until you sign up for the subscription service. Pretty sneaky, sis!

The cost of admission is $5 for a 30-day email subscription. But you can't put a price on your sanity, now can you?

If you're wondering where all the pointers came from, Griffin says she amassed them from talking to other moms. "I asked friends, acquaintances, and even strangers for their input," she said. "It wasn't a scientific method at all, but I'm not convinced that science can figure out babies or relationships."

She's so right. And while she doesn't expect every dad to follow every piece of advice, she says every little bit will help. "Everything that Dad does is one less thing Mom has to do or worry about doing," she explains.

Amen to that!

Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and a mom. Check out her website holleeactmanbecker.com for more, and follow her on Twitter at @holleewoodworld.

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