Advice for new dads

MOMS

A new baby is one of the most exciting moments in a dad’s life. As that moment nears, what is the role a father should play?

John Gordon of Youth and Family Services in Rapid City, South Dakota is a father himself and has three quick tips for new dads.

1. Be prepared and supportive. Take care of things like painting the baby’s room.

2. Once the baby’s born, focus on nurturing.

“So we really want to hold them, love them, rock them, kiss them, bathe them, do all those very important things the baby needs,” Gordon said.

3. Learn to interpret the baby’s tears.

"Are they wet? Are they hungry? Are they tired? Are they sick?" Gordon explained.

If you’re a new dad, congratulations! Savor every moment and every stage because time flies.