There is lots of focus on the mum-to-be when you’re expecting a baby. You get fussed over & you sometimes get extra special treatment from work, friends & family. Throw in a baby shower, abundance of advice from other women & gifts for yourself & for your baby & it’s sometimes easy to forget that this pregnancy also includes a dad-to-be.
When we were expecting Evie, I really wanted to make Jamie feel special & more included in our pregnancy so I made him a ‘Daddy Survival Kit’. The kit included a few humorous items, such as the man face mask, as well as some sensible things like vitamins & ear plugs for when Jamie went back to work & needed as much sleep as he could.
My favourite part, & the most useful of this kit is the ‘Show Dad How’ book by Shawn Bean. Not only is it comial, but it actually gives you a lot of useful information. It does have some silly pages like ‘How To Deliver A Baby In A Zombie Apocalypse’ but when Evie arrived, I must admit that I stole a few glances at it to get some help on how to swaddle babies & the best way to bath them.
I thought it would be a really nice idea to include three passes in the daddy survival kit. One for the Xbox, one for a beer with friends & one for his hobby: downhill biking. It is hard to have a newborn baby & balance any sort of life. You’re always comparing whose most tired & who does more.
I included these passes with foresight of me becoming a mega-hormanal-nag who may snap if Jamie came to me & said: ‘Do you mind if I go out on my bike for an hour.’ I didn’t want either of us to forget that the other needs a break sometimes.
Jamie was so happy with this gift & it was really easy to make. Would you make your other half a dad-to-be or mum-to-be survival kit? 🙂
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