I remember when we first brought our son home from hospital it felt like we were in an alternate reality.
Nothing can really prepare you for what’s in store.
But there are things I wish I’d known or done something about before and after I became a new dad.
Here are some of the things you might want to think about.
Stay Fit And Healthy
Your lifestyle inevitably changes when you become a parent.
There’s more than just you or you and your partner to consider and there’ll be less time to do what you want.
It may be tempting to live off a diet of junk food and become a couch potato when you’re tired.
I remember feeling like I had absolutely no energy in the first few weeks.
That’s when you’re most vulnerable to piling on the pounds particularly when you’ll be sitting down quite a lot with a baby in tow!
It’s important to to exercise whenever you can and eat a healthy diet.
As your kids get older, it’s better for you if you keep fit as they’ll be expecting you to win the dad’s race at sports day.
Create A Kid Free Zone
If you’re not careful your house will be overrun with kids things everywhere.
It’s important to have somewhere in your house that you can call your own.
A kid free zone can even just be a corner in your living room or your bedroom.
I created one in our hallway where I have a desk, a chair and a computer; my dad space.
It gives me a place to retreat to when I need some time on my own but also means I’m close to hand if the kids need me.
As a new dad it can feel like you’ve lost your own identity so having your own space can go some way to combating that.
Trust Your Own Judgement
Before having our first child, my wife and I attended NCT classes and I hated them.
It felt like they were suggesting their way was the only one to follow to ensure we were doing things right.
In reality when you get your little bundle home for the first time it comes down to trusting your own judgement.
When you’ve had very little sleep it can feel like you’re at your wits end but your natural instincts do kick in.
Newborns are incredibly resilient and you’ll soon be wondering why you were so worried about everything.
Learn To Live With An Untidy House
If you’re quite particular about having a tidy house, that will go out of the window pretty quickly when you have kids.
Babies take up quite a lot of space themselves and then as they get older all of their toys take over the house.
No matter how hard you try to keep your house tidy, it won’t last long!
It’s better to just embrace having an untidy house and realise that other people with kids are in the same situation.
Sure you need to keep the place clean and tidy when you can but don’t stress if five minutes after you do it, all of your hard work is undone.
Look After Yourself
Apart from staying fit and healthy, one of the most important things to do as a new dad is to look after yourself.
Getting as much sleep as you can whenever you can will help your mental state no end.
It’s tempting to forget about your appearance when you’re sleep deprived though.
But getting up, having a shower and a shave and putting on clean clothes can do wonders for your mood.
Do you ever get to the stage where you’ve run of of refills for your razor but you still use the dull blades anyway?
I know I do but I’ve found a solution.
The BIC Shave Club
You can make dull blades a thing of the past with the BIC Shave Club.
It’s a subscription service which sends you blade refills every month or every other month depending on how often you shave.
If you’re thinking of those orange disposable razors though you’ll be pleasantly surprised.
The BIC Shave Club razors have ergonomically designed handles and come in 3 or 5 blade versions.
Here’s mine with 5 blades.
It feels reassuringly heavy and has an anti-slip rubber grip to lessen any mishaps.
Other features of the razor include:
- a lubricated strip enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E to help the blades glide over your skin;
- a precision blade at the back to make it easier to shave your sideburns and your upper lip;
- a wide rubber protector designed to hold your skin taut to give you a closer shave, and;
- a one-step refill system which includes a blade protector to guide you.
Shaving with the razor feels comfortable and safe.
The head pivots at 40 degrees to give you maximum skin contact and to make it easier to reach the more tricky areas of your face.
How Much Does It Cost?
Being able to subscribe to the BIC Shave Club as a new dad means you’ve got one less thing to think about!
There’s currently a trial offer to get you started and at £3.00 it’s not going to break the bank.
That gets you the shave box with the handle and the first blade refill.
After that, the cost of the refills depends on whether you choose the 3-blade or 5-blade razor and how often you want the refills.
Refill Pack Of 4 Blades
Refill Pack Of 4 Blades
£4.50 per month
£8.00 per month
£5.50 every other month
£9.00 every other month
Compared to the Gillette refills I’ve previously bought, that’s a healthy saving.
Of course, you can cancel at any time and there’s no commitment or obligation on your part.
You can find out more about the BIC Shave Club on their website.
What Do You Wish You’d Known As A New Dad?
Is there anything I’ve not mentioned you wish you’d known as a new dad?
What do you think of the BIC Shave Club?
Disclosure: This post was produced in association with the BIC Shave Club