When you meet your new baby for the first time, it's often love at first sight. Something about their adorable little toes and cute chubby cheeks makes all of the poop and sleepless nights worthwhile. But by the time Dad prepares to head back to work, the new baby buzz may have worn off. But there are ways dads can and should help you when you're on maternity leave that can make your life just a little easier when you have to go it alone.
Although there are certain things they just can't do (if only they could breastfeed, right?), dads shouldn't underestimate their ability to provide you with support while you're on maternity leave. Running errands, pitching in around the house, and helping out with late-night feedings can give you the break you need to rest, recharge, or connect with friends.
Additionally, dads can and should find ways to get in some quality time with baby without your help. Spending time with the new baby not only gives mom some relief, it allows dads to develop their own special bond with your new little one, which has benefits that will last a lifetime.
Share this list with your partner before he heads off to work. And as soon as he's finished reading, tell him to log off and offer you a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, and an extra pair of hands.