How to get out and about with your new baby.

From: Boot Camp For New Dads
Published: Sun Feb 19 2006

No need to get cabin bound with a new baby. With some thought and precaution, new dads and moms can hit the road with their new bouncing baby.

Offering candid insight on how to ready and what to bring along, Dad’s Adventure, a sponsor of Boot Camp For New Dads, has recently released their latest book. "Hit The Ground Crawling" with an entire section geared toward being out and about with a new baby.

While you need to be careful in the first six weeks when a baby’s immune system is just cranking up, there is no need to keep a healthy baby stuck at home.

· Don’t sabotage an outing. Don’t "what if" yourself into not getting out. What if it rains? What if we interrupt the baby’s schedule?

· Make sure the diaper bag is well stocked for a several hour excursion from home. Contents should include extra diapers, undershirts, footed pajamas, an extra blanket, bottles and a few favorite toys. Include a plastic bag for disposing of diapers.

· Weather considerations – If the temperature is over 75 degrees, a diaper and t-shirt underneath will suffice. If it’s breezy, add a light jacket and a hat to keep the sun off their face and the head warm. Add layers as the temperature gets lower.

· Fun in the Sun – Because the baby’s skin is sensitive, it’s important to avoid using sunscreen until they are six months old. Instead use a baby-seat or stroller canopy. If the sun is directly in the baby’s face, drape a light blanker from the canopy to shield them.

· Glorious Sleep – It’s best to stay close to a baby’s sleep schedule, but not a slave to it. On an outing, babies may be stimulated by new sounds and sites and putting them down can become a challenge. Attempt to replicate their typical sleeping environment with a familiar blanket and hold the baby until they are warm and sleepy.

So get out. Get fresh air. Get a fresh perspective. Hit The Ground Crawling offers expectant and new dads much needed sage advice as well as the personal stories of many Boot Camp For New Dads rookies and veterans across America.

"Hit The Ground Crawling" was written and edited by Dads Adventure, a sponsor of Boot Camp For New Dads that donates royalties from book sales to support Boot Camp For New Dads programming. Providing practical, hands on tips, "Hit The Ground Crawling" is based on over 15 years of working with over 100,000 fathers. The 300 page book offers the wisdom of author Greg Bishop, the founder of Boot Camp For New Dads, an MBA from Stanford University, brother of 12 and father of four, along with the collective wisdom and real life advice of thousands of men who participated in Boot Camp For New Dads.

"Hit The Ground Crawling" ($17.95) is available online at . The ISBN # for the book is 0-9727829-0-7.

Boot Camp For New Dads is a non-profit program offered at more than 250 community hospitals, clinics, schools and churches across the U.S. There are also Boot Camp For New Dads workshops in the military including the Navy, Army and Air Force. The program is in the process of expanding internationally.

Boot Camp For New Dads’ program is available to all dads-to-be regardless of cultural, economic or age level. Expectant fathers attend Boot Camp’s three-hour workshop in which a facilitator, along with veteran dads and their infants orient and teach parenting skills to rookie dads. Veteran dads are men who have graduated from the Boot Camp workshop with infants age two to four months and who return as volunteers with their new babies in tow so new dads may interact with them.

Badge of Honor
For more information about Boot Camp programs or to order a copy of Boot Camp For New Dads’ book, Hit the Ground Crawling: The Ultimate Guide For New Fathers, contact (800) 318-3803 or visit

Boot Camp Beginnings
Greg Bishop, founder of Boot Camp For New Dads, has had lots of hands-on experience caring for babies, with 12 siblings, 4 children of his own and numerous nieces and nephews. Bishop noticed that many men didn’t seem to enjoy their babies. After extensive research, he founded Boot Camp For New Dads at Irvine Medical Center (CA) in 1990 and has volunteered as Head Coach ever since.

National media, including news segments on ABC, CBS, NBC, and CNN as well as articles in Life, CHILD, Ladies Home Journal magazines, Reader’s Digest and others, have helped fuel the expansion of Boot Camp For New Dads, reaching thousands of new dads nationwide. The program is designed to bring a dad's perspective to the 1.5 million men who become fathers each year across America.

Spanish and English
Determined to reach fathers everywhere, Boot Camp For New Dads has 12 Spanish language sites throughout the United States. The organization has created the only curriculum in Spanish for new fathers. Boot Camp For New Dads believes the key to improving the quality of life for many young children lies in helping fathers be capable and caring.

The Spanish version of the Boot Camp video helps support the facilitator and the "veterano" father in teaching the new dads to take care of the newborn baby and mother.

Where to attend a Boot Camp workshop:
Boot Camp For New Dads locations include ALASKA (Anchorage); ARIZONA (Chandler, Flagstaff, Kingman, Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Sun City); ARKANSAS (Springdale); CALIFORNIA (Apple Valley, Bakersfield, Corona, Fresno, Garden Grove, Irvine, Laguna Hills, Madera, Northridge, Oakland, Orange, Pomona, Port Hueneme, San Diego, San Jose, Santa Ana, Santa Barbara, S. Lake Tahoe, Travis, Valley Springs); COLORADO (Aurora, Boulder, Denver, Fort Collins, Fort Carson, Greeley, Longmont, Thornton, Wheat Ridge); CONNECTICUT (Bristol, Brookfield, New London, Norwalk); FLORIDA (Brandon, Clearwater, Hollywood, North Palm Beach, Orlando, St. Petersburg, West Palm Beach, Sarasota, Tampa); GEORGIA (Atlanta, Elberton, Gainesville, Marietta, Savannah); HAWAII (Pearl Harbor, Tripler); ILLINOIS (Alton, Aurora, Carbondale, Champaign, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Decatur, East St. Louis, Evanston, Freeport, Geneva, Great Lakes, Highland Park, Libertyville, Moline, Oak Park, Rockford, Springfield, Urbana); INDIANA (Anderson, Bluffton, Crawfordsville, Hammond, Indianapolis, Jeffersonville, Kokomo, Michigan City, South Bend); IOWA (Des Moines, Jefferson, Sioux City, Storm Lake); KANSAS (Topeka); KENTUCKY (Paducah); LOUISIANA (Covington); MAINE (Auburn, Augusta, Bangor, Brunswick, Ellsworth, South Paris, Waterville); MASSACHUSETTS (Beverly, Boston, Ipswich, Plymouth, Weymouth, Springfield); MICHIGAN (Alma, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Centreville, Detroit, Kalamazoo, Niles, St Joseph, Ypsilanti); MINNESOTA (Duluth, Robbinsdale); MISSISSIPPI (Laurel, Tupelo, Jefferson City, Columbia); MONTANA (Billings, Helena); NEBRASKA (Hastings, Kearney); NEW HAMPSHIRE (Manchester, Portsmouth); NEW YORK (Glens Falls, Little Falls, Mineola, Rome, Utica); NORTH CAROLINA (Charlotte, Concord, Ft. Bragg, Morehead City, Raleigh, Shelby); NORTH DAKOTA (Grand Forks); OHIO (Akron, Cleveland, East Cleveland, East Liverpool, Lima, Lorain, Mayfield Heights, Middleburg Heights, Orange Village, Portsmouth, Toledo, Warren, Westlake, Youngstown); OKLAHOMA (Claremore, Tulsa); OREGON (Hillsboro, McMinnville, Salem, Silverton); PENNSYLVANIA (Chambersburg, DuBois, Pottsville); SOUTH CAROLINA (Greenwood, Pickens, Walhalla); TENNESSEE (Chattanooga, Greeneville, Knoxville); TEXAS (Amarillo, Dallas, Fairfield, Lubbock, New Braunfels, San Antonio, Waco, Webster); VERMONT (Barre, Brattleboro, Burlington, Middlebury, Rutland, St. Albans); VIRGINIA (Charlottesville, Chesapeake, Hampton) WASHINGTON (Everett, Fairchild AFB, Longview, Puyallup, Seattle, Yakima); WEST VIRGINIA (Wheeling); WISCONSIN (Florence, Green Bay, Madison, Watertown); JAPAN (Atsugi, Yokosuka)

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Reserve your copy of "Hit The Ground Crawling" today by calling (800) 318-3803, email to, or visit To learn more about Boot Camp For New Dads call (714) 838-9392 ext. 108 or email
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