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Full-time dad: Can you be Mr Mum?

That due date draws closer, and with every day that passes, you get that little bit closer to becoming the dad you’ve waited so long to be. There are big decisions to be made, daddy duties are no longer reserved for assembling the cot and weather proofing the buggy, oh no. Those days are long gone.

You face a much more challenging role. Will you go back to work or is it time to throw in the 9-to-5 routine and become the stay-at-home dad you’ve craved to be? Are you up to the constant nappy changing, 2am feeding shifts, listening to Nepalese mountain music to send your young one off to sleep? Not to mention, the checkups, coffee mornings and playdates. Here’s a simple guide to help you adjust to being Mr Mum.

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It is okay to feel nervous and concerned about your new job. You're going to be a great dad and will do all that is in your power to take care of your little bundle. That's just what dads do.

Skipping your sports dates and nights out may just become the norm for a while. Setting a routine to follow early on will help to ensure everything runs as smoothly as it can and you don't get too overwhelmed. Remember there is no manual. Time to sit down together and figure out who is doing what and when, otherwise everyone will be left in a muddle with someone else holding the baby.

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