The average dad has a lot on his plate what with juggling work and family without adding parenthood into the mix. Fathers may look after their kids from a different perspective, but they are under as much pressure to look after their children as moms. Especially for dads that are new at being a parent, getting used to a life with a baby can be an exhausting, overwhelming, immensely profound and beautiful experience all at the same time.
There is no right or wrong approach when it comes to parenting. Whether you do tons of research beforehand or with a baby constantly in tow, what’s most important to remember is that your little bundle of joy is always safe and receives all the love he or she can get.
Before anything else, creating a safe and welcoming environment for your baby should be on top of your list of priorities before bringing your baby home from the hospital. While putting together your baby’s room, make sure that whatever cribs and their accompanying mattresses you decide to place in there accommodates your baby’s needs and passes your standards. Also, dads have to make sure that furniture to be placed in the baby’s room that needs to be assembled should be stable and sturdy to avoid accidents.
Of course, there will always be some matters that are beyond a parent’s control. Baby shower gifts that are newly bought and made from plastic, for example, should be aired out for a few days until you’re absolutely sure that any chemical-smells that are lingering from the furniture are completely gone.
If you’re still in the lookout for nursery materials, you should take time to consider wooden cribs that are untreated or finished with nontoxic paints and sealants. Natural-fiber rugs to cover the floors are also recommended. Changing tables and rockers meant for the baby should be free from chemicals, dyes and adhesives as well. Finally, there are organic allergy protective covers and blankets that may be purchased online to help block out off-gassing chemicals and dust mites away from your baby. All subsequent decisions regarding your baby’s nursery ought to free from clutter and toxic materials.