Q. I want to take a class for dads on feeding and taking care of a baby. I want to be a good dad, and I will be taking care of our son most of the time, as my wife works. Please let me know if any of these classes exist.
A. There's good news and bad news for you. First, the bad. Parental Guidance regrets to say that despite calling Long Island hospitals, community centers and baby stores, we were unable to find a baby parenting education class specifically geared to dads.
Now, the good news: Dads can find classes -- but they just usually are attended by couples rather than dads alone. However, dads are welcome to attend solo.
The North Shore-LIJ Health System, for instance, offers a number of one-session workshops, says health educator Jennifer Levy. Baby Basics covers how to bathe a child and how to change diapers. Baby Safe instructs parents on how to childproof a home and correctly install a car seat, and it covers issues such as toy safety, choking prevention and first aid. Infant CPR teaches CPR for newborns to age 1. Classes can be found at northshorelij.com/community.
Winthrop University Hospital offers Infant Care and Infant CPR classes at the Destination Maternity Store in Carle Place. Babies R Us in Westbury and Massapequa offers Baby Care Basics and Infant CPR classes. You might also check for classes or group discussions at your local mother's center -- check mom-mentum.org. Despite the name, they may welcome dads.