Here are some tips to prepare you for your new little one.
1 . Make sure that you start catching up on sleep and relaxing now, as much as possible. You're going to need it.
2 . Help your partner set up the baby's room. You can put the furniture together, and paint the room (if it's needed). Chances are, she'll appreciate any and all help she can get.
3 . Parenting classes can be helpful for new parents and parents to be. They will show you how to do all kinds of things, from changing diapers, to bathing your baby
4 . Read the parenting books, they offer a lot of information for new parents and parents-to-be. Know how to properly put your baby's car seat into your car.
5. Know how to properly put your baby into the seat.
6 .Discuss your fears and insecurities with a family member or friend. If you are worried about having a baby, then your partner is even more so. Focus on supporting your wife by listening to her and providing reassurance. Now is not the time to express your own doubts and insecurities to your wife. She is probably already feeling even more overwhelmed than you are.
7. Sing and talk to the baby before it's born. It can certainly hear you, and the more it hears your voice, the more it will be reassured by being close to you after it's born.
8. Talk about your partner's expectations of you during the birth. If you feel that there is any doubt about your ability to provide her with the support she's going to need, tell her now! She can then make alternate arrangements to have a relative, friend, or doula come in to help too.
WikiHow. (2007). How to Prepare for the Arrival of a Newborn As a Father for WikiHow [Online]. Available: http://www.wikihow.com/Prepare-for-the-Arrival-of-a-Newborn-As-a-Father [April, 2007]