The Learning Curve
Often one of the many concerns of fathers-to-be, and one that is frequently daunting, is how to know best what Baby needs. Most mothers seem to quickly learn what each cry means, but will you as a dad know, too?
Absolutely. An attentive father will certainly learn what each cry means. Is it a cry of pain? Of hunger? Of boredom or loneliness? Of fear? You will, amazingly, learn these distinctions quickly ... especially if you are spending time with your baby.
Of course, once you begin to recognize your child's cries, it becomes easier to soothe your baby. If he's hungry, you'll help him to get some milk. If he's hurt, you'll care for him and hold him until he feels better. If he is bored, you'll play with him. When you feel like you can meet your baby's needs, you will find yourself becoming infinitely more confident as a dad and more and more comfortable in your new family role.
During the first few weeks you may feel like you have no idea what you are doing, but don't worry! It won't take long until you will be able to meet your baby's needs in your sleep. (Unfortunately, you may have to meet your baby's needs in your sleep, so that will really be helpful!)