When you are expecting your first child, your baby making partner may ask you to attend some parenting classes with her. Parenting classes are a great way to prepare yourself for your baby. Some of the classes available are Prepared Childbirth, Newborn Parenting, Infant CPR and First Aid, Breastfeeding, and Daddy Bootcamp.
Out of all of these classes, Infant CPR is one of the most critical classes that you should not miss. But each of these classes all have valuable information, trust me I have gone to all of them and have a lot to say about each one. However, the class that really made the biggest impact was Daddy Bootcamp.
Daddy Bootcamp is a men-only class that brings together expecting fathers to help prepare them for fatherhood. The class is run by a graduate of Daddy Bootcamp and all the dads who attend become part of a brother-hood of sorts. Every man who goes to Daddy Bootcamp really cares about being a good dad. The reason it is for men only is to help create a comfortable place for men to ask questions about things that they may be uncomfortable to share in front of women.
I remember how nervous I was about my wife going into labor and the days that would follow after we brought home our baby. I felt almost completely unprepared for what was about to come. Luckily for me, my wife found Daddy Bootcamp. Daddy Bootcamp prepares you for the moment when your wife begins to labor and when it is finally time to head to the hospital. The bootcamp goes on to cover labor and what to expect when your wife is in labor. Most of us in the meeting that day were extremely concerned about labor. What could we expect? What should we say to support our partner? What should we NOT say? How long does it take? Do I have to watch? All sorts of questions come up and it is perfectly normal to feel nervous about your first encounter with labor. Daddy Bootcamp not only explained the process, but the graduate running the Daddy Bootcamp program also shares his labor stories.
Once you get past labor then you’re in for another surprise. A recent graduate of Daddy Bootcamp will come in with an infant child to not only share his experience, but to allow you to have one-on-one time with a new baby. Changing diapers, holding, burping, you get to experience it all. The second most concerning questions for new dads is what happens after labor and how do I take care of an infant? Caring for an infant can be one of the more scarier parts of being a dad. Some of us men are not used to having to be so gentle with something as precious as a new born baby. The fear of hurting the baby may cause us to not want to hold our own child. Don’t worry, it will all be fine. Daddy Bootcamp does a good job of helping you get some time in before you have your own baby to hold. Moreover, Daddy Bootcamp introduced me to the five Ss which are techniques every dad should know on helping keep an infant quiet and happy.
After Daddy Bootcamp I felt so much more confident about labor and being a dad. When I came home my wife immediately noticed a new confidence in me that was not there before I attended Daddy Bootcamp. The world desperately needs good and present fathers. Daddy Bootcamp is a good place to start if you want to better prepare yourself for being the best partner in the delivery room as well as beginning your journey as a loving father.