21st Century Digital Dad

I became a first time father a little over a year ago. There is not much you can do to prepare yourself for parenthood. You can read all the books in the world and take everyone’s advice to heart, but your kid is literally one of a kind. So to make the transition as easy as possible, I took tools and lessons from my professional life and applied them to my personal life. Here’s what worked for me. . .

Iterate

Don’t plan a year or two in advance. Just like any sprint, set a time frame what works with your team. It could be two weeks, but no longer than a month. A month is almost perfect because most products have a 30 day return policy.

Bottles are a great example. All children have different eating habits. Some may be a little colicky in the first few months. This is a pretty big unknown but is something that can be statistically anticipated. So set yourself up to be flexible. Buy a couple bottles of a highly recommended brand to keep your investment low but chances of your child liking it high.

Our schedule looked like this:

Automate

Going to the grocery store or running any errand with a new child is a whole new ball game. I learned quickly and started investing in a series of services that combined on-demand delivery and recurring deliveries. We used Amazon Prime’s Subscribe and Save to have all of our toiletries delivered on a schedule.

We bought baby needs from Google Shopping Express because they shop at Costco & Target and offer same day delivery. I tried subscribing to baby goods, but soon realized that we always had more diapers of the smaller size than needed. Subscribing to baby goods became a waste of money and a headache. Google provided a great alternative with on-demand delivery from stores we prefer.

You gotta eat. There are tons of delivery services: Eat24, Delivery.com, Sprig, Munchery, but we actually like cooking so we subscribed to Instacart. Instacart will shop at popular grocery stores and deliver your food within 2 hours of placing your order. The customer service is amazing too. Their shoppers will call you if something you want is out of stock and help find a replacement.

Services and Prices:

  • Amazon Prime: $99/year
  • Google Shopping Express: $95/year*
  • Instacart: $99/year*

*One time fee option available.

Leverage Mobile

Become a cord cutter. You’re going to be mobile. I found myself in the kitchen washing bottles for longer than I ever expected, or pushing a stroller in hopes our baby would take a nap. If you’re anything like me, you’ll quickly learn the value of mobile entertainment. Sign up for Netflix, Hulu, a music service, and/or Sports packages that are available on your phone or tablet. Then invest in a set of durable wireless headphones. I picked up some LG headphones and they work great for all occasions. I can’t even begin to tell you the number of times I was watching football on my iPad while folding my kid’s laundry during one of her nap times. NFL RedZone and wireless headphones got me through those chores. I also picked up a Joby GripTight GorillaPod Stand. My parents love to FaceTime with their grand daughter. So I curl the GripTight on anything around me and call up my virtual babysitters. I know it sounds questionable, but when other parents see it, they always ask where they can find one.

Lastly, I’m not sponsored by or affiliated with any of the companies or products mentioned above. I wrote about them because they genuinely helped me out.

Hope this helps!

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