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4 Most Common Fears Dads To Be Have About Fatherhood

by | February 8, 2019

It’s not uncommon for dads to get extremely anxious for the birth of their first or even second child. It’s been said that women, become mothers as soon as they get pregnant but men become fathers as soon as they see their baby. Between what the entertainment industry and popular misconceptions present as “reality” for new fathers, it makes sense why there is an unfortunate stigma around being an involved father. Here are some common fears dads to be have about fatherhood.

Common Fears Dads To Be Have About Fatherhood

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Common Fears Dads To Be Have About Fatherhood

They’ll be changing diapers 24/7

Movies and sitcoms absolutely love making jokes about the piles of diapers that the new father will be stuck with. It’s true that babies go through a lot of diapers and that they aren’t the most fun thing to take care of, especially when you’re in a time pinch. However, with successful co-parenting, this task doesn’t have to be so daunting.  


This is another aspect of parenthood that the entertainment industry also loves to poke fun at which is a valid fear for dads to be. Although sleep quickly becomes valuable when there is a new baby in the house, it is only a temporary dilemma until a more natural rhythm of sleep is eventually established for the baby. This is one of the most common fears dads to be have about fatherhood.

Lack of Intimacy after the baby comes

It’s usually recommended to wait between four and six weeks before engaging in intercourse after childbirth, but when getting into a new and unfamiliar pattern with the introduction of a new member to the family time can really fly by. Many men worry about the potential loss of what they would consider a wonderful sex life but with an open line of communication between new parents, a healthy intimate relationship can easily be rekindled.                            

They won’t be that perfect father

Especially when a dad-to-be is getting ready to meet his firstborn son or daughter, there is some type of anxiety that they might not succeed in being the perfect image of a father that they have in their head. This anxiety should begin to dissipate when they get into the swing of fatherhood and become more confident in their dad-status.                          

Which of these common fears has the father of your child experienced? How did you combat them? Do you have more suggestions to add to the list of common fears dads to be have about fatherhood? Let me know in the comments below.

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Gabriella Anaya

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