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16 Expert Tips For New Dads

Posted by Heather Jabornik on

So you think you can dad? If you’re a new dad or know one who could use some help, you’ve come to the right place. First off, congratulations! We at Man Crates salute new dads for embarking on a wild new journey to raise a respectable human being, or at the very least, a person who has so-so manners and won’t light stuff on fire. In the spirit of dadding, we’ve collected sage advice from veteran dads all across the land to help out. Take moment to check out a lifetime of good advice—or pass these sage words onto your favorite new dad. There’s a brotherhood of good men all over the world who’ve learned a thing or two.

SAVE HER SANITY
“It's mom's job to take care of the baby. It’s your job to take care of the mom. Sometimes that means taking care of the baby, but usually, it means helping to keep her from losing her mind. She's tired, scared, stressed and worried she's doing nothing right.”

– Mike / 32 / Philly / Fostering 1 boy

MORE CHORES
“Be patient. Mom, baby and you are all learning everything together. Take action. Chores are more numerous and can pile up quickly with a baby. Take care of them as quickly as possible so you have more family time.”

– Dillon / 31 / Deptford, NJ / 1 boy

EMBRACE THE MESS
“Get your hands dirty. Literally. Newborn amounts of poop, pee and breast milk vomit require new levels of adulting you didn't know you already had. Also, spend every possible moment basking in the perfection of baby snuggles. There is nothing like your infant child falling asleep on your chest.”

– Jordan / 31 / Los Angeles / 1 girl (with a boy on the way)

FOLLOW THE SIGNS
“You'll feel less like an idiot newb dad if you teach your baby sign language. Their ability to communicate prior to learning verbal skills will save your life. The bad news is they won't be able to learn sign language until they're 7-9 months. Until then, sucks to be you.”

– Lorenzo / 42 / Los Angeles / 2 girls

TREASURE THE EARLY MOMENTS
“I'll second the sign language. My two year old doesn't have a ton of words yet but she can hold her own in a conversation. Put your phone away, get off the park bench and get out there on the playground with your kid. You're missing some of the greatest moments of joy you will ever experience.”

– Colin / 32 / Noblesville, IN / 1 girl

BE THERE
“Be present. Nothing and no one can replace a dad being there and being involved in their children's lives.”

– Campbell / 37 / Taipei, Taiwan / 2 girls

ONLY SETTLE FOR THE BEST
“I only have girls so all I have to say is raise them in a way that they will not settle for anything less than great treatment from men in their lives.”

– Josh / 33 / Rock Hill, SC / 3 girls

CLEAR THE PATH FOR A BRIGHT FUTURE
“Lead by example and surround them with your presence. Love them unconditionally.”

– Bruce / 64 / Allentown, PA / 2 kids, 1 girl, 1 boy / 2 grandkids, both boys

DON’T BLINK
“Cherish every moment. When people tell you ‘they grow up fast,’ that is no joke.”

– Rich / 44 / Philly / 1 kid, stepdad to 3

BE AN UPBEAT DAD
“Raise your sons to be the man you wish you could be. Do that, and in their eyes, you will be that man.”

– James / 31 / Glasgow, Scotland / 3 boys

HANDLE WITH SOME CARE
“Babies aren't as breakable as you think they are and kids would rather have time with you than your money every single day!"

– Gary / 40 / Marion, IN / 5 kids aged 8-22

CAFFEINATE!
“Don't worry, you'll get sleep eventually.”

– RJ / 31 / CA / 3 kids

TO THE RESCUE...
The Expectant Father by Armin Brott is the only book for expectant dads worth reading. If your wife suffers from PPD, you need to reach out to someone—anyone—for help. There is nothing gained by suffering beside your wife in silence.”

– Eli / 34 / Westminster, MD / 2 boys

ENJOY IMMOBILIZATION
“Even with the sleep deprivation and frustration, don't let the moments pass you by. Once they start crawling, you're screwed!”

– Josh / 32 / Ypsilanti, MI / 5 kids

TEACH STRENGTH AND PURPOSE
“As the son of a father who falls in love with his own pain too easily, teach your child to seek purpose. Everything else will follow.”

– Sean / 32 / Penndel, PA

WAIT FOR IT...
“Patience.”

– Tom / 60 / Fishers, IN / 2 boys / 2 granddaughters

Soak in the advice or serve it up to the fresh father you know—along with all the must-have new-dad gear they need to succeed from Day 1. in our New Dad Tactical Bag. And remember, no one is born a great dad. It’s mostly achieved on the job.