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New Dad, Tired Dad

That new dad isn’t a zombie, but he is one of the walking dad.

Yeah, new dads are, by definition, tired dads. In our never-ending quest to get you dudes the best information and the freshest perspectives, I’m stepping aside for an interesting guest post.

The importance of sleep for new dads

New dads always joke about how little sleep they will get when their baby is born.  When they say this, they are smiling and laughing on the outside but petrified of the sleep depravation that is to come on the inside!  Parents will notice a huge change in their sleeping patterns during the first few months after their child is born.  They will notice how they feel more tired each day and crave a good night’s sleep.

One of the best ways to ensure that parents get a solid few hours of sleep before they are back on duty is to get their baby into a regular sleeping routine.  So you should focus on helping your baby get a good night’s sleep, and then your own priceless sleep time will follow.  

The first rule to follow, and one which nearly every dad does, is to never wake your baby up when they are sleeping.  We’ve all seen the cute pictures of dads sleeping on the sofa looking dead to the world with their baby sprawled over them.  It feels like heaven when the little one decides to sleep, so just go with the flow and close your eyes as well.

With all the sleep depravation being endured by new dads all across the globe, we thought it best to write down some great tips to help them get some all-important shuteye!

Close your eyes whenever you can

As many new dads will testify, sleep is a gift when you have a baby, so never miss out on an opportunity to take a nap.  If your baby decides they want to nap, then you should too.  You have to be very cunning and opportunistic when catching up on sleep, so take the chance whenever you can.

Don’t overload on caffeine

This is a difficult one to follow.  One of the few things that will keep new dads on the move caring for the baby, doing household chores and working is endless pots of coffee!  However, if you try to overcompensate for your sleep depravation through coffee or Red Bull, then you will be worse off.  These drinks will almost certainly mess with your sleep patterns.  Try to stay hydrated and drink lots of water instead.

Take turns

If your newborn tends to wake up in the middle of the night, then a good idea is to take turns getting out of bed to take care of the baby.  This means that at least one of you will be getting some more rest and will feel more alive, though only marginally, in the morning.

Close the curtains

Sounds simple, right?  New dads never fail to amaze everyone by how quickly they want to close their eyes.  They often will lie down or even put their baby to bed without thinking about the curtains.  The result is that the sun comes through in the morning and will wake either you or your baby up ahead of time, and this is something you definitely don’t want!  A great solution is to install shutters that will save the sanity of any forgetful, sleep-deprived, new dad.  Plantation shutters are absolutely fantastic for this situation and will make the home look great as well!

This post came courtesy of Cheryl. She contacted me and asked if I would be interested in running a story that she’d written. I agreed and here it is. She also asked that I not use her last name, so I haven’t.

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The Most Perfectest Gift

The most perfect gift for your loved ones this holiday season?

Really, dudes, is there any question? Well, other than the two I just

I'd say buy three, but I don't want to sound greedy.
The bestest, most perfectest gift for anyone. Ever. Go buy one now. Heck, buy two.

asked. I mean, obviously, not including those, yeah? Or that one. I– never mind.

The best, most perfectest gift for anyone ever is, of course, a print copy of A Dude’s Guide to Babies.

We all know that the book by yours truly (Richard Jones) and my humble partner-in-print Barry Robert Ozer is a hilarious how-to guide for new dads. We talk all about men changing, bathing, dressing and feeding.

And then we talk about how to do that to a baby.

Ba-dum-dum *pching*

It’s not too late for you to get copies to the men you love and have them arrive in time for Christmas. As I write this, there’s only 1 copy left on Amazon, but there’s always the Kindle version, or you could even head over to Barnes & Noble and buy one from them in print or electronically as  Nook Book.

Not to mention we’re still in stock in a lot of physical bookstores.

Heck, if you want, you can purchase one from us by filling out the form over there on the left (if you’re on our website, that is). Barry and I will even sign one to whoever you want (and include something we think is funny) and send it on to you.

So what are you waiting on?

Go order another copy now. I need to pay off these Christmas bills somehow.

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Saturday Dude: The Dude

by Richard

Seen in a local bowling alley. Presented without comment. Because, really, it doesn’t need any.

He abides.

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