With most information aimed at mothers, there is very little out there for dads-to-be. So, Natural Baby Shower has asked 1,000 fathers-to-be what they thought, felt and did before their baby was born
What are the strongest emotions dads feel before the baby is born?
Dads might not have the same level of hormone disruption during the pregnancy, but there’s always going to be a bit of a roller-coaster ride of emotions in the lead-up to the birth. We were expecting responses to weigh towards anxiety or nervousness, but were delighted that the positive emotions of happiness and excitement outweighed any fears.
What do expecting dad worry most about before their baby is born?
Having a baby can turn your life upside down, and a lot of men (and women) feel a little out of control. A third of dads around the UK said their biggest worry was whether the delivery would go smoothly, and over half of the expecting dads between the ages of 25 and 34 in London were most concerned over work obligations, and being home enough to support their family.
What do expecting dads think they’ll miss the most after their baby is born?
It was no surprise that the most popular response from expecting dads was “sleep”. But the spread of answers was broader than we expected with getting enough “me time”, date nights with your partner, and having enough time to socialise with friends, all strong contenders.
How do expecting dads prepare for their baby’s arrival?
Whilst nothing can completely prepare you for having a new teeny human in your life, we were surprised by the diverse responses to this question, as you can see in the regional overview below. So thank you dads for your honest feedback, it’s good to hear!