Healthy living

Time-out for dads with a new baby

Being a dad is a full-time job, and there’s not a lot of spare time. But it’s hard to take care of someone else if you’re not feeling too good yourself.

Just 10 minutes of time-out each day can give you the break you need, so you’ve got energy to keep supporting your partner and your baby.

So… what will you do with your time-out?

Stay active

  • Take a walk around the block.
  • Go to the gym or the beach.

Be sociable

  • Call a mate or drop in for a visit.
  • Make catching up with mates a regular thing – once every few months is better than nothing.

Rest and relax

  • Find a place where you’re not likely to be disturbed.
  • Take a power nap or read a magazine.
  • Put on your headphones and zone out with some music.

Try something new – have you ever…

  • Played Supa-golf or joined a footy club?
  • Visited your local library or looked into joining a ’Men’s Shed’?

For more ideas, visit the Act-Belong-Commit website (external site).

Where to get help

  • See your doctor
  • See a child health nurse

Pregnancy, Birth and Baby Helpline

  • Free call 1800 882 436 (24 hour service)


  • Phone 9368 9379 or free call 1800 111 546 (free from land line only).

Women and Newborns Health Service

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