Methodist Health System Services
Dads, Siblings and Supportive Others
Having a baby is a life-changing event for the entire family.
Now the baby is here, and your family is taking exciting steps forward on this journey together. We have assembled helpful information for dads, grandparents and siblings to adapt to having a new baby in the family.
Stay involved: Dads can do (almost) everything moms can do.
Take time to really get to know your baby. Be involved, be supportive, be a good dad.
Emotions: New dads can be just as emotional as new moms.
Depression is also possible, and dads are encouraged to talk with their health care providers about any persistent feelings of depression or anger.
Fatigue Factor: This is a passing phase.
Help help: Don't try to do it all alone.
Big Picture: Enjoy your new family.
Welcomes vary: Big brotherhood / sisterhood may or may not seem appealing.
Sibling bonds develop gradually, so be patient. Remember that with time the baby will grow to be a more appealing playmate.
Age matters: Adjust preparations and expectations to the age of the children.
- Toddlers can't really understand why their world has changed, and they may misbehave in frustration or act babyish to regain lost attention.
- While school-age children can be better prepared to welcome the new arrival and help with care, they can still feel jealous of the focus on the baby.
What you can do: Give love, reassurance, appreciation and one-on-one time.
- Smooth the way by frequently reassuring the baby's siblings of your love.
- Encourage siblings to help with age-appropriate tasks, and praise them for their assistance.
- Fit fun activities in to the day and be sure to make time for each sibling.
Grandparents matter: They can make a positive difference in their grandchildren's lives.
Geography doesn't matter: Families can stay close even when miles apart.
Different roles: Remember that grandparenting is not parenting.
Additional information from our online health library:Read and learn more about support and the family from our online health library topics. Be sure to discuss any specific questions and concerns with your health care provider.
- Do's and don'ts for grandparents
- Grandparents can provide a critical need: attention.
- It's great to be a great-grandparent.
- A grandparent's guide to home child-proofing