If you gave birth in a hospital or birthing center, the transition home can be pretty weird, especially after having your first baby. It's like, "Wait, I'm going from a highly controlled environment staffed with professionals to... home? And you're just going to let us waltz out of here? We have no credentials!" There are so many questions all parents have, but I want to talk about the things dads should be told before leaving the hospital, according to their postpartum partners.
And I say "dads" and not "parents" because — elephant in the room — there's a well-documented disparity between the workloads of a new mom and a new dad. Same-sex couples, you are proven to be a bit better at this than those of us in different-gender relationships, so to you I say, "Kudos!" This can't be laid entirely at dad's feet, either: new moms are given crap family leave here in the good ole United States of America, to be sure, but dads' family leave is even worse. Dads typically take a day for every month a new mom does, so of course mom is taking on more of the childcare! Not only does she have to, she's the only one who's (kind of) being given the time to learn how to do anything!
Too often, the odds are against these dudes to begin with and social norms that basically make dads out to be hapless idiots (thanks TV) doesn't exactly help to make things better, either. So here's a little cheat sheet, from moms who have been there, to help light their path as new parents: