From the moment your first pregnancy begins, you'll likely start researching how to be the perfect parent. By the time your nine months come to an end, you're going to want to be able to consider yourself a pregnancy expert to ensure that your baby has a happy, healthy life. However, this may not exactly be true for the father-to-be in your life, especially if he has the jitters about becoming a dad.
In fact, new research shows that approximately one-third of new fathers don't know how to hold their new infants. The company, Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure, commissioned the survey that found this statistic as well as others pertaining to men and fatherhood. The survey also showed that it takes about one week for one-fifth of dads to feel comfortable holding their new children. Approximately 40 percent of fathers aren't left alone to care for their newborns until a week after the delivery.
English rugby player and father Ben Cohen is now working with Persil Non-Bio and Comfort Pure to promote the Cuddle Mastery Guide. It's specifically geared toward helping new parents adjust to life with a newborn at home and eliminate underlying anxieties.
"I want to encourage new parents to overcome their nervousness," Cohen told The Daily Mail. "As a father of two twin daughters, I know it can be intimidating when you first meet your little one. But spending that quality time with them learning how to cuddle and reading up beforehand really helps to increase your confidence."
How can I be a good parent?
This is a question that many people ask themselves when it comes to caring for a baby for the first time. The fact of the matter is that there's no rule book for parenting, but there are a couple of ways that you can ensure your baby is happy and healthy.
Try to be aware of your environment and where your baby is - certain factors such as light and noise may trigger crying. Acknowledging these triggers can make parenting much easier and less stressful for you in the first few months. When you have a few moments of downtime, the New York State Department of Health recommends getting some extra sleep or simply relaxing to maintain your own well-being.
How did you handle the first few months of being a parent? Do you have any newborn survival tips for moms and dads? Leave your feedback in the comments section!