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7 tips for new dads

This Father's Day, to help prepare for and ease the transition into parenthood, Baptist Hospital has prepared a checklist to help new dads welcome new babies: 

New Dad (and Mom) Checklist:

  • Arrange prenatal visits with your doctor.
  • Consider childbirth classes and take a tour of the hospital. Pre-admitting to the hospital allows you to complete paperwork in advance so you can focus on the birth of your baby.
  • Select your baby’s physician, ideally before the eighth month of pregnancy.
  • Purchase essential supplies, like diapers, wash cloths, blankets, a cradle or crib and a car seat (preferably installed.) 
  • Plan ahead, Tennessee state law requires you outfit your car with an infant safety seat before taking baby home. Have the seat ready when mom and baby come home.
  • Going grocery shopping, doing the laundry and prepping meals are a huge contribution while mom is taking time to heal.
  • Try to sleep when mom and baby are sleeping, and plan to get up with the baby to allow mom some rest.
For more informatino, and to find new childbirth classes, visit www.sths.com/baptisthospital.
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