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  • Before the Baby is Born
    • Develop a support system of family and friends that will be able to help you through this time.
    • Make plans for child care.
    • Explore your options for medical insurance.
    • If you don’t have a job, now is the time to start looking.
    • If you do have a job, hang on to it.
    • Take prenatal care classes.
    • If you smoke, now is a good time to think about quitting.
    • You may want to take a childbirth class with your partner during her pregnancy.
    • Help your partner by taking her to visit the delivery room before your child is born.
    • Start collecting things your baby needs (a crib, car seat, baby clothers etc.)
  • After the Baby is Born
    • Learn how to change diapers and prevent your baby from developing diaper rash.
    • Learn how and what to feed your baby.
    • Talk to your pediatrician and read about when to introduce your baby to solid foods.
    • Talk with your pediatrician about teething and treatment for pain; Buy extra bibs and teething toys.
    • Baby-proof the house.
    • Listen to CDs, watch videos, read books and attend parenting seminars and classes
    • If you are not married to your baby?s mother, establish paternity and work out a system to pay child support on time.
    • Having an older man to support you, give you advice, listen and help you find answers to your questions.

New Dad Checklist
  Fae Graham

on December 28, 2011

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