OnlyDads was contacted yesterday by a man who asked us for a complete “check-list” of what it takes to raise a baby on his own.
The exact situation is this. Baby is due to be born next month. Mum and Dad are not “together” and as soon as the baby is two months old, Dad will be looking after him/her on four days a week. When the baby is 7 months old (not sure why 7 months?) Dad will take over full-time care. Mum will be moving on to begin a new life.
Dad’s request for this complete A-Z check list has left us a little stumped. There are obvious things:
At a practical level he is going to need to sort out a bedroom, childcare for when he is not around, make sure child benefit and any CSA payments are correct and coming to him…but at this stage we realise this list could go on. And on.
OnlyDads wants to provide this Dad the best advice we can. This post is not asking for comments on anything other than some direction to websites/books/organisations that may help Dad take on this enormous challenge with the best advice possible.
If you can help us signpost, that would be really appreciated. Many thanks. Bob