One dad has gone viral after creating a TikTok that comforts new parents in the wake of bringing their new baby home.
It is not uncommon at this time for an overwhelming amount of unsolicited and conflicting information to hit couples as they enter into the parenting world.
“Sleep when the baby sleeps,” but “make sure you’re not neglecting your partner.” Or “don’t co-sleep with your baby,” but also, “you don’t care about your kid if you don’t co-sleep.”
In the Dumb Dad Pod, one father posted a TikTok video advising new parents through labor, birth, and those first few days of parenthood.
As an “experienced parent,” his advice is simple and sage.
“Are you OK, though?” he asks, “It’s OK to not be OK.”
“The delivery is a nightmare,” he admits, adding that a c-section birth is probably a lot more involved than one realizes.
“They take everything out of your partner like they’re a bully emptying your backpack,” he says.
“Then they’re just frugging around in there like it’s a junk drawer and they’re looking for a bottle opener. They pulled a whole human out of my wife and then 48 hours later, they were like, ‘all right, let’s go. I’ve more people to scream into this world.’”
“It must be nice to finally be home, though, right?” he says before telling the truth that it’s not nice. “It’s not nice, though. That car ride home sucked because you’re just more aware of car accidents,” he says. He ends with more sage advice, reminding parents of the following:
“You’re going to do a great job; just know that sometimes you’re going to do a bad job,” he says.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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