Attention new dads! You need to change diapers

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The latest numbers from the federal government show August is the number one month for new babies.

On this Live, Life, Well, the main observations from local new dads.

And, yes, the gross factor of learning to change diapers is tops on their list. But, Clinical Psychologist Dr. Jennifer Baker says while you may be tempted to try to skip that job. Picking up your baby, holding the child and making eye contact are all important parts of the process. It also makes a difference in your child's development.

"I would say to young dads today, change diapers. That's an opportunity for you to hold the child, to be supportive to the mothers and when you're changing the diaper and looking at the baby, eye contact is so important." says Baker.

Baker interviewed new dads for her Good Dads podcast. The dads also talked about strategies to get enough sleep. Some of the new dads take the early shift. So, they stay up until midnight or 1 a.m. each night. While their wife, takes over any baby duties for the next several hours.

We've posted a link to the podcasts in this story. You'll find it below on the app and to the right on your desktop computer.